Sure there we're some fist pumps and high-fives on the court following the 78-75 triumph over Miami on the road Tuesday night in Game 2, but they were tempered 18 hours later in Indianapolis.
"Our goal was not just to come in here and put up a good fight," said forward David West. "We're trying to win the series."
Perhaps the prospect that the stated goal is only 25 percent complete is a reason why the Pacers are trying to keep things as calm as they can as they prepare to host their first home game of the NBA Playoffs second round series on Tuesday night.
"They understand the threat that this team presents," said head coach Frank Vogel of the Heat-who are many people's favorite to win the Eastern Conference after the elimination of the Bulls. "They have two guys at the level that they can score, good role player who will burn you if you let them burn you."
Of course the Pacers can't do the same to themselves if they hope to eventually topple the Heat. On Wednesday the team mentioned they would like to improve offensively down the stretch to make things less difficult with the lead.
With the lead in the fourth quarter the Pacers only score nine points in the final 6:34, failed to hit a field goal in the final three minutes while also going 2-of-6 from the line in the final 1:20.
"You don't want to get to low after a loss or too high after a win," said forward Danny Granger. "We played a good game but we need to make a lot of improvements to our offensive execution."
For the moment, however, the Pacers can take some pride in the fact that they have a chance to build a series lead at home over the next two games. Indiana was 23-10 in the regular season at Bankers Life Fieldhouse and only a Game 1 collapse kept them from winning them all in their first round series against Orlando.
During the regular season the Pacers split their home games with the Heat, with each team grabbing a double-digit victory.
"We have to take it one game at a time. If we can get this Game 3 won, then we can start thinking we have home court advantage," said forward Paul George-but until then emotions stay on the level.