Summer League Recap: Pacers 84, Heat 74

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By Josh Cohen
July 10, 2014

ORLANDO -- The Indiana Pacers continued their exceptional play at the 2014 Southwest Airlines Orlando Pro Summer League and won their third straight with Thursday’s 84-74 victory over the Miami Heat.

James Nunnally led the charge with a game-high 19 points on 7-of-11 shooting from the field, while Kevin Jones racked up 16 points and 15 rebounds. DeQuan Jones and Arinze Onuaku combined for 22 points off the bench.

Although the Heat tore the Pacers apart in transition (22 more fast break points), it was Indiana that controlled the glass. The Pacers grabbed 37 more rebounds than the Heat.

Indiana was also extremely efficient on the offensive end. It shot nearly 49 percent from the field and attempted 16 fewer 3-pointers than Miami.

"It all stems from good chemistry in training camp," said D. Jones, who will play for the New Orleans Pelicans in the Las Vegas Summer League. "We came in with the intention of playing Indiana basketball. Coaching staff really stressed sharing the ball well and putting us in the right position to be successful."

Shabazz Napier had another abysmal shooting performance for the Heat. The 24th overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft shot 2-of-13 from the field, 1 of-6 from 3-point range and finished with just seven points.

James Ennis paced the Heat with 17 points, while Tyler Johnson pitched in 12 points.

Both teams finish up their stint at the Orlando Pro Summer League on Friday. Times and opponents will be determined later in the day (Thursday) when the standings are released.