INDIANAPOLIS, March 31 (Ticker) -- Stephen Jackson
and Reggie Miller
gave the Indiana Pacers another dramatic win over the Miami
Jackson scored 29 points and buried a 3-pointer to force
overtime and Miller finished with 31 as the Pacers posted their
12th straight win over the Heat, a 114-108 victory.
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Indiana went 3-0 against Miami this season, with all three wins
coming in overtime. The Pacers swept the season series for the
third straight time but needed a furious rally down the stretch
in regulation to do so.
The Heat held a 92-86 lead with less than a minute remaining in
regulation but saw Pacers guard Anthony Johnson
straight points to make it a one-point game with 29 seconds
"We knew it would be tough being down by six to eight points,"
Johnson said. "We also knew that we have three shooters --
Reggie, Stephen and I can put some up myself."
's jumper with 10 seconds to go gave Miami a 94-91
lead before Jackson got two 3-point tries on the other end,
converting the second with two-tenths of a second left to force
the extra session.
Jackson missed his first attempt, but Dale Davis
offensive board and passed out to Austin Croshere
, who found
Jackson all alone up top for the tying shot.
"I have no problem taking big shots," said Jackson, whose six
3-pointers were a high for Indiana this season. "When Dale got
the rebound, Austin and I were both wide open on the weak side.
When they closed on him, he did a good job of kicking it back
over to me. Man, I had a great look."
"That's a game we should have won," Heat coach Stan Van Gundy
said. "It came down to one play, one rebound, and then four guys
standing around in the lane. Ten seconds is a long time, and
if you can't play hard for 10 seconds, you don't deserve to
Clearly angered by his team's late-game collapse, Van Gundy
offered more criticism of Miami's defense on the final play of
"Stephen Jackson and Reggie Miller killed us and we still had a
chance," Van Gundy said. "We did a good job covering the last
play, then it's just a rebound; get a rebound. When we didn't,
we had one guy trying to close out the shooter and four guys
standing and hoping we'd win. Well, we didn't."
With a second chance to keep their streak alive and strengthen
their playoff positioning, the Pacers made it count. They
erased a 102-98 deficit midway through OT when Johnson and
Jackson hit back-to-back 3-pointers to kick off a 12-0 run.
Davis capped the burst with a pair of free throws, leaving
Indiana with a 110-102 lead with 19 seconds left.
Johnson added 16 points and matched a career high with 13
assists for the Pacers (37-34), who pulled within one-half game
of the Cleveland Cavaliers for sixth in the Eastern Conference
"More than anything, this game was about perseverance," Indiana
coach Rick Carlisle
said. "At the end of regulation, we needed a
miracle and got one. Stephen had a frustrating night, but hit
some big shots and we hung in. It would be ridiculous to say we
have some secret formula for beating these guys. We don't. We
had to play a great game to give ourselves a chance."
Jackson finished 9-of-28, but was 6-of-11 from beyond the arc.
Miller balanced Jackson's effort by shooting 11-of-18 and making
all eight of his free throws.
Wade scored 10 of his 37 points in the extra session and Damon Jones
added 27 points for Miami (54-19), which fell to 2-3 since winning 12 in a row.
"They played us tough," Wade said. "They've beaten us three tough
games and this one could have went either way. It's unfortunate
that it went their way. Reggie's been big in all of them, but
some of his teammates have knocked down some big shots. They
focus well when they play us and seem to play flawless, but
we'll take anyone in a seven-game series and see who comes out
The Heat allowed their late lead to vanish due to some poor foul
shooting. They made just 13-of-25 free throws, compared with
the Pacers' 25-of-29 effort.
, who scored 24 points and grabbed 13 rebounds,
was 2-of-9 from the line and missed a pair with 70 seconds
remaining in regulation that would have put his club up eight