Rewind: Pacers vs. Heat 120104
Jan. 4, 2012 at Miami
Game Rewind: Heat 118, Pacers 83
The presence of LeBron James was more than enough to compensate for the absence of Dwyane Wade.
With Wade (sore left foot) watching from the sidelines, James dominated the game at both ends of the floor as Miami routed the visiting Pacers 118-83 Wednesday at AmericanAirlines Arena. Despite spraining his left ankle late in the third quarter, James racked up 33 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists.
After opening the season with four wins in five games against sub-.500 opponents, the Pacers (4-2) faced their first test against an elite foe and came up short, falling behind by 23 in a miserable second period. The final margin was the widest ever for the Heat (6-1) over the Pacers and marked the third time in five trips to Miami that Indiana lost by at least 30.
BY THE NUMBERS
Roy Hibbert produced his fourth double-double of the season with 16 points and 12 rebounds. Tyler Hansbrough scored 14 off the bench. Paul George scored 13 and made 3 of 5 from the 3-point line. Darren Collison scored 10 with three assists. Danny Granger's early season shooting woes continued as he was 2 of 13 overall and 1 of 7 from the arc. Granger is shooting just .317 from the field (32 of 101).
Indiana allowed more than 100 points for the first time this season and shot below 40 percent for the fifth time in six games, posting a season-low .348. The Pacers had nearly twice as many turnovers (23) as assists (12).
James was 12-of-21 for the Heat. Chris Bosh had 22 points and six rebounds. Former Pacers draft pick James Jones started for Wade and scored 14, making 4 of 8 from the 3-point line. Mario Chalmers also scored 14. Rookie Norris Cole scored 10 for Miami, which shot .525, outrebounded the Pacers 42-39 and had 25 assists against 13 turnovers.
Pacers coach Frank Vogel: "It’s one loss. I believe in this team. I think we have a chance to win every night in every building against any team. The game was a lack of execution, we missed open shots, and their (effectiveness on) defense. The combination was a perfect storm."
Collison: "We just need to keep plugging away and we’ll be all right. It’s disappointing losing to any team. It’s more on ourselves and the way we played. We played better then them on the defensive end, but we normally protect the paint better then we were able to do tonight."
Granger: "I’m highly disappointed. We had a challenge and we didn’t step up to it. We’ve got to learn from it and move on.”
Hibbert: "We were right there with them (in the first quarter) but then they went into second gear and unfortunately we were still in first."
STAT OF THE GAME
In one of the worst periods in franchise history, the Pacers made just 1-of-15 shots (.067), committed 10 turnovers and were outscored 33-12 in the second quarter. The lone field goal (a dunk by Lou Amundson) and shooting percentage both represented franchise record lows for Miami opponents in a quarter.
The Pacers started out hot, hitting three 3-pointers including a pair from George in taking an early 19-16 lead. Then, however, the offense hit the wall. In the first six minutes, the Pacers made 7 of 10 shots and scored 19 points. In the next 18 minutes, they shot 4-of-27 (.148) and managed 20 points.
That included 1-of-15 shooting and 10 turnovers in the second quarter, which was essentially one 12-minute run for the Heat. The Pacers had to know they were in trouble when Miami managed to give James an extended rest in the opening minutes of the period as his teammates extended the lead. Once he returned, things really got out of hand as the Heat closed the half with a devastating 25-6 run to take a 62-39 lead into the break.
The Pacers cut the lead in half with a 17-5 run early in the third quarter, closing to 71-58. It was down to 77-65 late in the period after a three-point play by David West, but the rally stopped there. James took over, scoring 10 points in a 20-3 run that pushed the lead to 97-68 early in the fourth quarter.
James sprained his left ankle late in the third quarter when he stepped on George's foot on a drive to the basket. After a 20-second timeout to allow him time to walk it off, James remained in the game. … Lance Stephenson sprained his left ankle in the second quarter and did not return. … David West picked up his first technical foul with the Pacers, protesting a illegal screen call that wiped out a dunk by George. … Wade (sore left foot) was replaced in the starting lineup by Jones, a second-round pick of the Pacers in 2003. … With Jeff Foster off the inactive list, the Pacers had their full complement of players available for the first time this season. … Hansbrough missed the morning shootaround with a sore hand.
The season's longest road trip concludes Friday in Boston against Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Ray Allen, Rajon Rondo and the Celtics (7:30 p.m., FSI, WIBC 93 FM). The Pacers have won just three of their last 15 games against the Celtics and all three of those victories have come at home; the losing streak in Boston is seven, with the last win coming in January 2007. Boston won last season's series 3-1 as Pierce averaged 20.5 points, 6.3 assists and 5.8 rebounds. Granger led the Pacers in scoring against the Celtics at 16.8, while Roy Hibbert averaged 14.3 points and 8.3 rebounds.