Heat vs. Pacers

Paul George scores 36 points and grabs 12 rebounds to lead the Pacers past the Heat, 90-87.

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Heat vs. Pacers

Paul George scores 36 points and grabs 12 rebounds to lead the Pacers past the Heat, 90-87.
Nov 7, 2015  |  02:24

Hickory Night No. 1: Pacers vs. Heat

November 6, 2015 - On Friday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, it was more than just the jerseys that changed for the first Hickory night of the season, as the Pacers took care of the Miami Heat for their third straight win.
Nov 7, 2015  |  01:56

Highlights From Paul George's Night

Highlights from Paul George 36 point and 12 rebound night versus the Miami Heat.
Nov 6, 2015  |  01:08

Postgame: Pacers Locker Room 151106

November 6, 2015 - Pacers forwards Paul George and Jordan Hill discuss Indiana's 90-87 win over Miami Heat at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
Nov 7, 2015  |  01:57

Postgame: Vogel Press Conference 151106

November 6, 2015 - Pacers head coach Frank Vogel reacts to Indiana's 90-87 win over the Miami Heat at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
Nov 6, 2015  |  06:52

George Hits The Fallaway

Paul George hits the jumper while falling away and draws the foul.
Nov 6, 2015  |  00:23

Postgame: Heat Locker Room 151106

November 6, 2015 - Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra and players Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade and Justise Winslow discuss their 90-87 loss to the Indiana Pacers.
Nov 6, 2015  |  03:21

Defense Leads To Offense

Paul George steals the pass and finds Glenn Robinson III for the fastbreak layup.
Nov 6, 2015  |  00:20

Hill Hammers It Home

Monta Ellis and Jordan Hlll work the pick and roll resulting in the slam dunk by Hill.
Nov 6, 2015  |  00:18

Pacers Rocking The Hickory Uniforms

The Indiana Pacers will wear replicas of the Hickory uniforms throughout the season to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the movie Hoosiers.
Nov 6, 2015  |  00:18

Hickory Honorees: City of Crawfordsville

November 6, 2015 - The Pacers honored the City of Crawfordsville, home to the first IHSAA state basketball champions, at halftime of the first Hickory game.
Nov 6, 2015  |  04:12

Sherri Linn on Crawfordsville's Basketball History

Nov. 6, 2015 - Pacers.com's Lauryn Gray talks with Sherri Linn, Secretary/Treasurer of the Basketball Heritage Project, about Crawfordsville being honored at the first Hickory Night.
Nov 6, 2015  |  01:54

Fans React to Hickory Pacers Uniforms

November 6, 2015 - Pacers fans share their reactions to the debut of the Hickory uniforms for Indiana's nationally televised game against the Miami Heat.
Nov 6, 2015  |  01:42

Boomer and Co. Take the Town in the Hickory Bus

November 6, 2015 - On Friday afternoon before the first Hickory Pacers game at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Boomer and the Pacemates went on a sightseeing tour of Indianapolis in the original bus used in the film Hoosiers.
Nov 6, 2015  |  02:28

Spotlight Showcase: #HickoryPacers vs Heat "High-Low" Game

November 6, 2015 - In this in-arena game of high-low, the contestant guesses all five numbers correctly, winning four tickets, an autographed ball, and a Hickory t-shirt.
Nov 6, 2015  |  02:06

Pacers Starting to Look Like Something

by Mark Montieth
Pacers.com Writer
@MarkMontieth

Frank Vogel never promised a fast start. With seven new players on his 15-man roster and a new offensive system to implement, he expected his team to stumble on occasion.

"We're a work in progress," he said before Friday's game with Miami. "I say that with a smile. We're enjoying it. It's imperfect at times, as expected, and that's OK. We're going to work through that. All the strings are going to be tied together."

Nobody was claiming a completed product following the 90-87 victory over the Heat, but it seemed a few more strings were tightened at Bankers Life Fieldhouse as the Pacers won their third consecutive game to even their record at 3-3.

Paul George had his second consecutive more-like-him game and his best of the season, scoring 36 points while hitting 14-of-27 field goal attempts. George Hill played an error-free game and hit three-of-four 3-pointers. Jordan Hill came off the bench for his second straight double-double, with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Glenn Robinson III had his second straight meaningful outing off the bench, contributing seven points and a meaningful offensive rebound with 7.9 seconds remaining.

Of that group, Jordan Hill's contributions might be the most relevant in the long term. No matter how much the Pacers play "small ball," they're going to need steady contributions from some of the big players, and Hill is presenting himself as the likeliest candidate.

The most versatile, too. So far this season he's started three times, come off the bench twice and not played once, all while switching back and forth between center and power forward. Friday's double-double came within 23 minutes, 44 seconds and included one of the game's biggest plays, a tip-in of Paul George's missed 3-pointer with 34 seconds remaining that gave the Pacers a four-point lead.

"He's as good as it comes as far as giving us extra possessions, keeping balls alive, finishing down there," George said. "He's been a big piece for us."

Jordan Hill has a passive demeanor, which can give the impression he's playing passively, but his stats have lately argued otherwise. So do his words.

"I just want to play," he said. "I'm staying ready, having fun and doing little things to help my team.

"I can basically do it all. If I'm in for the five man I can go to the block. I have little post moves in me. If I'm in for the four I can pop and knock down mid-range. Just go out here and play basketball is all I want to do."

So far he's done it the best of all the Pacers' "big" men, averaging 9.6 points and 8 rebounds. Starting center Ian Mahinmi averages 6.6 points and 5.6 rebounds and sometime starter Lavoy Allen averages 3.3 points and 5 rebounds.

"Nothing's ever rushed about him," George Hill said of Jordan. "He's very poised. He can score in many ways. He's an underrated post guy who really has a lot going for him."

George followed Wednesday's 26-point outing with his first game of 30 or more points since March 15, 2014, at Detroit. It also was his second this season in which he's hit better than half of his field goal attempts. He also had three steals.

Just as in the previous game, he reported to work early, putting up a few hundred shots at The Fieldhouse Friday afternoon to prepare.

"It's been working," he said.

Performances such as that can make up a lot of other ills, such as poor free throw shooting (the Pacers hit just 13 of 24) and a first quarter collapse that allowed the Heat to close out the period with an 18-1 run and take a 10-point lead. They hit just 6-of-20 shots in the fourth quarter, but got 11 from George in the period.

All teams suffer through stretches of poor shooting at times, but the Pacers admit their lack of offensive flow contributes to their droughts.

"I'm not sure where it is," Hill said of the offense. "We're still learning. We don't know how long it's going to take. We're still getting used to playing small, playing big, switching it up. Just finding our identity.

"As long as we can continue winning these mucked up games … These are the games we like – low scoring, defending well, all guys contributing – if we can continue to do that and then get into the flow of everyone being on the same page, we can be a great team down the stretch."


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