INDIANAPOLIS, May 8 (Ticker) --
Indiana Pacers guards Reggie Miller
and Jamaal Tinsley
have the Miami Heat worried about a whole lot
more than Jermaine O'Neal
Miller scored 19 points and Tinsley handed out nine assists as
the Pacers rolled an NBA playoff-record sixth straight
double-digit win, a 91-80 victory over the Heat.
Top-seeded Indiana remained unbeaten in the postseason, opening
a 2-0 lead over Miami in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. The
Pacers have won their six playoff games by an average of 15.2
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Reggie Miller led the Pacers past the Heat by draining three treys.
When this series began, the fourth-seeded Heat appeared to be
overmatched up front primarily due to the presence of O'Neal, an
All-Star power forward who finished third in NBA MVP voting.
While limiting O'Neal to 10-of-32 shooting with double-teams,
Miami has allowed his teammates to get loose.
"It's the same old problem," Heat coach Stan Van Gundy said.
"We competed. We worked hard inside ... They just have so many
weapons. It's tough."
On Saturday, it was Miller who was a point-per-minute man. In
19 minutes, Indiana's elder statesman made 6-of-10 shots,
including 3-of-6 from the arc.
"This team has evolved to accept their roles," said Miller, the
franchise leader in virtually every category. "There will be
nights where guys struggle offensively and others have to step
up. We have depth; that's what makes us tough to play against."
"He's very capable and has a lot left in the tank," Pacers coach
Rick Carlisle said.
Many of Miller's open looks came on deliveries from Tinsley, who
played a virtually flawless floor game. He missed his only
shot but did not commit a turnover and made three steals.
"Jamaal Tinsley played as good a game as he's played all year,"
Carlisle said. "He had a lot to do with getting the ball to the
scored 20 points and O'Neal added 17 and nine
rebounds for the Pacers, who got 34 points from their much
While Indiana seemed to have an endless supply of players, Miami
was harnessed by foul trouble. The game got away from the Heat
when Brian Grant
and rookie Dwyane Wade
had to sit down in the
second quarter and again after Lamar Odom
picked up his fourth
foul in the third period.
Game 3 is Monday at Miami, where the Heat have won 16
straight games. However, Indiana won its only visit to American
Airlines Arena during the season and has beaten Miami 11
"We are a good road team and we know we will play well in
Miami," O'Neal said.
The Pacers broke the record for consecutive double-digit wins
shared by four other teams, including this year's Detroit
Pistons, who can tie the mark Sunday.
Miami trailed just 31-29 when Grant - its best big man - sat
down with his third foul at the 6:04 mark of the second period.
Wade went to the bench with his third just over two minutes
Miller scored 11 points in the first half, including a rainbow
3-pointer at the horn for a 44-36 lead. He had two more
3-pointers around a runner early in the third period, extending
the advantage to 55-46 at the 7:25 mark.
"It's not a coincidence he hits big shot after big shot," Van
Gundy said. "There's nobody in the league who works harder on
his shooting and game preparation than Reggie Miller."
A 3-pointer by Fred Jones
, Miller's backup, made it 67-52 late
in the period. The bench pushed the lead to 77-57 early in the
scored nine points and fellow reserves Jones and
added eight apiece. Harrington was a demon,
grabbing nine rebounds and drawing three offensive fouls on the
Odom and Wade scored 19 points each for Miami.