Rewind: Pacers vs. Heat 120214
Tuesday, Feb. 14 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse
Game Rewind: Heat 105, Pacers 90
By Conrad Brunner
Miami was playing its third game in three nights, and fifth in seven -- all on the road.
The Pacers hadn't played since Saturday.
So much for the importance of rest -- not to mention practice.
Establishing dominance immediately and never relenting, Miami rolled up a 29-point halftime lead and cruised to another blowout of the Pacers,105-90, Tuesday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
The Pacers (17-11) lost their fourth game in a row, not to mention leading scorer Danny Granger, who limped off the court in the closing seconds of the first quarter with a sprained left ankle and did not return.
Miami (23-7) won its fourth straight, all by double digits.
BY THE NUMBERS
David West led the Pacers with 14 points. Paul George and A.J. Price had 12 apiece and Tyler Hansbrough 11. Roy Hibbert had 10 points and five rebounds, while Dahntay Jones also scored 10. LeBron James had 23 points, nine rebounds, seven assists and four steals for the Heat. Norris Cole scored 20 off the bench. Dwyane Wade scored 16 and Chris Bosh 13.
STAT OF THE GAME
Miami joined Chicago and Oklahoma City as the only teams to sweep back-to-back-to-back games this season. Thus far, 19 sets have been completed with the teams involved going 31-26. The Pacers play the second of their back-to-back-to-back set Wednesday in Cleveland.
James, Wade and Bosh outscored the Pacers 40-39 in the first half. Unfortunately for Indiana, Miami got plenty of other contributions in blowing the game wide open early. The Heat had opponent season highs for points in the first quarter (33) and first half (68) and led by 29 points after 24 minutes.
The Pacers shot .341 in the half, had six assists and 12 turnovers. Miami shot 60 percent and dominated the boards 26-16. Wade had 16, James 13 and Bosh 11.
Miami kept the Pacers at least 20 points away until the closing seconds and led by as many as 35.
Granger left the game in the final seconds of the first quarter with a sprained left ankle and did not return. He is listed as day-to-day for Wednesday's game in Cleveland … Miami forward Juwan Howard picked up two technical fouls in the final minutes and was ejected. … George Hill missed his eighth consecutive game with a chip fracture in his left ankle. The Pacers are 3-5 without their sixth man. … Miami was without backup center Dexter Pittman (sprained left shoulder). … It was the Pacers' second blowout loss at the hands of the Heat, who won 118-83 on Jan. 4 in Miami.
The Pacers continue their first back-to-back-to-back set in 13 years Wednesday in Cleveland. They needed overtime to beat the Cavs 98-91 at home on Dec. 30 as Danny Granger scored 22. Under Coach Byron Scott, Cleveland has been much more competitive in its second year and with a 10-16 record is in the hunt for a playoff berth thanks in large part to the play of spectacular rookie point guard Kyrie Irving. After missing three games with a concussion, Irving is expect to be back in the lineup against the Pacers.