DANNY GRANGER
Returned to starting lineup with a flourish, racking up a career-high 28 points on 9-of-15 shooting, adding five rebounds and two blocked shots.
JERMAINE O'NEAL
"Marquis Daniels, Danny Granger, and Jeff Foster carried us all night; especially Jeff Foster. He had three consecutive three-point-plays which is big considering they were nine to 10 points ahead. We have to feel good about the effort considering we came back against a really good Miami Heat team.”
Points in the Paint:
Pacers 44, Heat 42
Fast-break points:
Heat 21, Pacers 14
2nd-chance points:
Pacers 22, Heat 8
Points off turnovers:
Heat 21, Pacers 10
Starters scoring:
Pacers 88, Heat 80
Bench scoring:
Heat 24, Pacers 13
The Pacers (.563) and Heat (.657) combined to shoot a staggering .611 on their two-point field goal attempts (80-of-131), but the two teams were 5-of-27 outside the arc, a paltry .185.
Newly acquired players Mike Dunleavy, Troy Murphy, Ike Diogu and Keith McLeod are expected to make their Pacers debuts Saturday in Conseco Fieldhouse against high-scoring center Eddy Curry and the New York Knicks.
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  • MIAMI 104, INDIANA 101
    Promising Night For Granger, Daniels

    At Miami | Jan. 18, 2007


    The trade with Golden State was made not just to acquire the new players involved, but to create opportunities for some already on hand – namely, Danny Granger and Marquis Daniels. Based on their performances as starters Thursday night, that aspect of the deal could be a resounding success.

    Granger scored a career-high 28 and Daniels a season-high 23 and the Pacers nearly wiped out a 16-point fourth-quarter deficit against the torrid-shooting Miami Heat before falling 104-101 in AmericanAirlines Arena.

    Shawne Williams' 3-pointer cut the lead to 102-101 with 13.8 seconds left but Dwyane Wade scored on a drive and Granger missed a well-defended 3-pointer at the buzzer as the Heat escaped. Wade scored 33 for Miami (18-20) won for the fifth time in six games and improved to 9-9 at home.

    The Pacers (20-19) lost their third in a row but had only 10 players available because the four acquired from the Warriors Wednesday – Mike Dunleavy, Troy Murphy, Ike Diogu and Keith McLeod – were in Indianapolis undergoing physicals and not yet in uniform. They're expected to make their debuts Saturday in Conseco Fieldhouse against New York.


    PLUSES

    Granger and Daniels played like a dynamic duo, combining to shoot 19-of-33 (.575) from the floor. Granger broke out of a slump from the 3-point line by hitting 3-of-7 and Daniels was remarkably effective with both his mid-range game and his methodical but productive penetration. Jermaine O'Neal didn't shoot well (6-of-16) but provided 17 points and 10 rebounds on his gimpy left ankle. Jeff Foster scored a season-high 14 points, 12 in the fourth quarter, including consecutive three-point plays that helped spark the late rally. Williams also responded well to increased playing time with nine point and three rebounds in 25 minutes. The Pacers controlled the boards 37-28 and racked up a 22-8 advantage in second-chance points. They also shot well (.491) despite going 4-of-17 from the arc.
    MINUSES
    Turnovers were the biggest problem as Miami converted 19 miscues into 21 points. The Heat also enjoyed a rare shooting night, making a remarkable 75 percent (27-of-36) in the second and third periods when they stretched the lead from one to 14 points. Wade was his usual unguardable self, making 13-of-24 shots, adding eight assists, six rebounds and four steals. Jason Williams scored 20 on 9-of-12 shooting with eight assists. Centers Alonzo Mourning (14) and Michael Doleac (10) combined for 24 points on 10-of-14 shooting. Jason Kapono scored 11 with six rebounds. Miami shot .584 overall.
    MOMENTS
    Miami couldn't miss for most of the game, but the Pacers were hanging around with a 55-49 deficit at the break. A 13-3 run to start the third period pushed the Heat's advantage into double figures, where it remained deep into the fourth quarter. But when Miami's shots stopped falling, the Pacers kept coming and almost made it all the way back.

    Trailing 96-82 with 4:39 left, the Pacers scored 10 straight points, the last six on three-point plays by Foster, to cut the lead to 96-92. A blown call then proved costly as, with the chance to further cut the lead, Daniels dribbled the ball off Mourning's foot. When he chased it down in the backcourt, officials erroneously ruled it a violation. Miami quickly capitalized with a Williams jumper, a potential four-point swing in what turned out to be a three-point game.

    After Wade's free throws made it 102-98 with 24.5 seconds left, Granger drove into the lane and kicked to a wide-open Williams, who flushed the clutch 3-pointer with 13.8 seconds remaining. The Pacers wanted to quickly foul Wade after the inbounds pass but couldn't catch him until he was well on his way to the basket. Thinking he had been fouled, Wade flipped in a layup with 4.3 seconds left but no whistle was forthcoming, leaving the Pacers with a chance to tie. But Udonis Haslem played tight defense on Granger, forcing a difficult, long 3-pointer that missed at the buzzer.


    TIDBITS
  • With the four players acquired from Golden State Wednesday in Indianapolis undergoing physicals, the Pacers had just 11 players available.
  • Coach Rick Carlisle filled the two holes in the lineup created by the trade of shooting guard Stephen Jackson and small forward Al Harrington with Marquis Daniels and Danny Granger. It marked the 11th starting lineup combination of the season.
  • Orien Greene was the first guard off the bench, while Shawne Williams was the first forward.
  • Miami played its 34th straight game without center Shaquille O'Neal, who had knee surgery in mid-November. His target return date could be next Wednesday against the Pacers in Conseco Fieldhouse.
  • The Heat's 16-of-19 shooting for an .842 percentage established a franchise record in the second quarter.