Pacers Beat Heat Again On Shot by Jasikevicius
Indiana 95, Miami 90
INDIANAPOLIS, Nov. 9 (Ticker) -- Even in the NBA, Sarunas Jasikevicius is still getting the better of Dwyane Wade.
Jasikevicius made a leaning jumper with 14 seconds left - his only basket of the second half - as the Indiana Pacers turned back Wade and the slumping Miami Heat, 95-90.
Wade has become a superstar in the NBA and is carrying the Heat, who still are without injured superstar center Shaquille O'Neal. He had an unorthodox triple-double with 29 points, 11 assists and 10 turnovers as he was the fulcrum of the offense.
"I wasn't pressing at all," Wade said. "I was playing the way I always play."
A jumper by Wade pulled Miami into an 88-88 tie with 2:16 to play. After a free throw by Fred Jones, Wade sank another jumper to give the Heat a 90-89 lead with 1:06 left.
Ron Artest's two free throws with 53 seconds remaining gave Indiana the lead for good. Wade missed an 18-footer and Jasikevicius made him pay, going hard at Jason Williams and nailing a jumper on the move.
"He's a very gutsy player," Wade said. "Not only does it take guts to take that shot at that time, but he showed poise by hitting it. He's a very gutsy player and that's why he's over here in the NBA."
"I like the way he's playing," said Pacers coach Rick Carlisle, who went with Jasikevicius instead of starter Jamaal Tinsley in the closing minutes. "Jamaal did some good things, but I like the way Sarunas was going and how the team responded to him."
The Heat had one chance to tie, but Antoine Walker missed an open 3-pointer after taking a pass from Wade. Stephen Jackson sealed it with two free throws.
"It was a good look. ... I just missed the shot," Walker said. "That was the shot we were looking for and it was an open shot."
Artest scored 24 points and Jermaine O'Neal added 17 for the Pacers, who have won 14 of their last 15 meetings with the Heat. Jasikevicius, a 29-year-old rookie, scored eight points off the bench.
"Miami is a tough team without Shaq and Wade proved that," Jackson said. "We had to grind it out and get the win and that was big for us because we know they (Miami) will be there at the end."
Udonis Haslem had 19 points and 11 rebounds and Walker scored 14 points for the Heat, who are a referee's call away from a four-game losing streak. On Monday, Miami edged New Jersey by one point when it was not called for a foul against Vince Carter on the game's final play.
"We had 22 turnovers tonight, 16 out of two guys," Heat coach Stan Van Gundy said. "That's just not solid enough to get a win on the road. We played tough, but we shot ourselves in the foot."
The third quarter was a seesaw, with Miami starting with a 17-7 run featuring six points from Wade to open a 71-59 lead midway through the period and Indiana responding with a 17-1 surge highlighted by seven points from O'Neal.
"That was the worst third quarter that I've ever been a part of," Wade said. "They came back with a (17-1) run because we made too many mistakes and let them back in it. It was everybody, not just me."
Two free throws by Gary Payton pulled the Heat within 80-78 with 8:40 to play. The Pacers did not lead by more than four points until Jackson's free throws.