A warmth cooled what was a hot atmosphere inside Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
That, fittingly enough, was the Heat.
Miami shot 62.8 percent in the first half of Game 3 against the Pacers, squashing the momentum the hosts carried over from a Game Two win in Miami. They scored an unheard of 70 points in 24 minute against a team near the top in defense in the NBA for most of the season.
It spelled doom for the Pacers, who never recovered in a 114-96 loss to the Heat which gave Miami back home court advantage in the Eastern Conference Finals.
“We had a few lapses,” forward David West freely admitted about Game Three. “We didn’t complete the task from start to finish in terms of plays that needed to be made.”
Now as quickly as they were in the driver’s seat for the series they now face a critical match-up with Miami on Tuesday night in Game Four or face a daunting challenge-win three-straight against the defending NBA Champions.