In the days leading up to the Eastern Conference finals, Miami Heat big man Chris Andersen worked constantly on spacing the floor inside the paint to provide an extra option for driving teammates.
On Wednesday in Game 1, Andersen’s extra work paid off.
The Heat scored 60 points in the paint in its 103-102 overtime victory against the Indiana Pacers, and Andersen set a career-postseason high with 16 points. In addition to the personal milestone, Andersen also set a Heat postseason record for most field goals without a miss. Andersen went 7 of 7 from the field, breaking Alonzo Mourning’s record of six field goals without a miss.
“To be mentioned with Alonzo Mourning, it’s an honor, but at the same time my main focus is the Indiana Pacers and trying to get to that championship,” Andersen said.
Andersen was signed midseason mainly for his defense and tireless work ethic, but his ability to catch the ball in traffic has been a significant aspect of the Heat’s overall offensive game.
Source: Joseph Goodman, Miami Herald