MIAMI, May 10 (Ticker) --
Something had to give, and it was the Indiana
Pacers' 11-game winning streak.
Rookie Dwyane Wade
scored 14 of his 25 points in the fourth
quarter as the Miami Heat posted a 94-87 victory over the Pacers
in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series.
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Eddie Jones and the Heat grabbed a big win in Game 3 Monday night.
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Miami posted its 17th straight home win and cut its deficit in
the best-of-seven series to 2-1. It was one of two major
streaks on the line, but Wade's play triggered a key late run
that helped the fourth-seeded Heat preserve theirs.
"I've always felt that my strength is taking the ball inside and
getting into the lane," Wade said. "I'm confident that I can
get past the first guy."
The top-seeded Pacers took advantage of numerous trips to the
line to rally from a nine-point second-half deficit, forging a
72-72 deadlock with 5:47 remaining on a free throw by
Wade answered with a jumper that gave Miami the lead for good
and Ron Artest
, struggling through a rough shooting night,
misfired on the other end for Indiana. On the next possession,
Wade cut to the basket, took a feed from Lamar Odom
over Jermaine O'Neal
for a 76-72 advantage with 4:46 to go.
"We're confident in what we can do," said Wade, who is averaging
16.6 points in the postseason. "This is a bunch of guys who
don't quit. No matter the score, we're going to keep fighting.
We've done it all year. It's what got us from an 0-7 start to
where we are now."
"Dwyane made some good plays in the clutch to get us over the
hump," Odom said.
Indiana struggled offensively in the final period, missing 12 of
its first 13 shots. Although O'Neal scored 10 of his 29 points
in the fourth quarter, Artest was not himself throughout and
netted 14 points on 4-of-18 shooting.
"I just wasn't getting it done," Artest said. "I was taking a
lot of bad shots, and that's not my game."
Odom shook off early foul trouble to score 16 points and
and Eddie Jones
each chipped in 12. Reserve Malik Allen
netted 13 points, including 10 on 5-of-5 shooting in the second
quarter to give Miami a boost after Indiana got off to a solid
"Here's a guy who has been No. 9 in our rotation and he comes in
and gives us this tonight," Miami coach Stan Van Gundy said of
Allen. "He was ready and willing to step up when called on. We
have a locker room of guys like that."
The Heat made 20-of-26 foul shots in the fourth quarter and
Butler was 8-of-8 in the final 4 1/2 minutes to help seal the
win. Brian Grant
grabbed a playoff career-high 16 rebounds as
Miami held a 43-35 edge on the glass.
"As a team, we have to go to the boards and be more aggressive,"
O'Neal said. "When things aren't going well, it's like a virus
almost and it's tough to overcome."
Game Four is Wednesday in Miami.