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Hibbert and George doing major work in Game 5

By Royce Young | NBA writer

MIAMI -- After a quarter in Game 5 it was Miami 19, Paul George and Roy Hibbert 23.

That's right. George and Hibbert scored all 23 of the Pacers' first quarter points. Obviously not a sustainable thing, but after a half in which the Pacers lead 44-40, with George (15) and Hibbert (14) combining for 29, Indiana has something reliable going.

It hasn't just been Indiana's size that's bothered Miami so far. It's been their defensive aggressiveness and length, too. In the first 24 minutes, the Heat turned it over six times, but I swear it felt more like 16. LeBron James gave it away three times on his own and the Pacers were able to capitalize with nine points.

It hasn't been a size thing really so far for the Pacers, though. They have just three offensive boards and only a handful of second chance points (six). They're knocking down some jumpers (51.4 percent from the field, 3-6 from 3) which honestly should concern the Heat more. Because while the Pacers aren't a sustainable jumpshooting team, they won the first half despite not playing like themselves.

If the Pacers find their identity and start pounding David West and Hibbert inside, while dominating on the boards too, the Heat could be in serious trouble. This is a different Indiana team than the one that got worked over by 22 last season in Game 5 against the Heat.

At shootaround earlier in the day, Hibbert said he didn't even remember what happened in that game, like he had brainwashed himself to forget about it completely.

He was probably lying, but even so, him and his Pacers are sure playing like it.

 
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