Paul George shined as the host Indiana Pacers beat the two-time defending champion Miami Heat 107-96 in the first game of the NBA Eastern Conference finals.

All five Indiana starters reached double-digits, led by George with 24 points, four rebounds and seven assists.

Roy Hibbert and David West each contributed 19 points for the Pacers, who collectively shot 42 percent from three-point territory, compared with 26 percent for the Heat.

The home team also snagged 38 rebounds to the visitors' 29.

With 27 points, Dwyane Wade was the top scorer for the Heat, while LeBron James put up 25.

Miami has eliminated Indiana from the playoffs for two years running, though the Pacers extended the 2012-2013 Eastern Conference final to the full seven games.

The Heat and Pacers went 2-2 against each other during the regular season. The home team won in every case.

Miami struggled throughout Sunday's game, trailing by 19 points at one point during the third quarter on the way to only their second defeat of the 2013-2014 playoffs.

Game Two is set for Tuesday night at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. EFE