DANNY GRANGER
Scored 14 of his 16 points in the fourth quarter and overtime, including three 3-pointers and a three-point play to help drive the comeback.
RICK CARLISLE
"That was a great win for us, obviously for the way we came back. Our second group did a great job bringing us back in the fourth. We dodged a couple of bullets at the end with (Dwyane) Wade’s shot and (Jason) Kapono’s shot. But when guys played as hard as they did in the second half, you get some breaks. "
Points in the Paint:
Pacers 36, Heat 34
Fast-break points:
Pacers 15, Heat 12
2nd-chance points:
Pacers 19, Heat 13
Points off turnovers:
Heat 23, Pacers 14
Starters scoring:
Heat 84, Pacers 66
Bench scoring:
Pacers 30, Heat 10
Dwyane Wade and Shaquille O'Neal remain winless as teammates in Conseco Fieldhouse. Miami has lost nine in a row here dating back to Dec. 31, 2001, pre-dating the dynamic duo's arrival with the Heat.
Former Pacers guard Fred Jones makes his first visit to Indianapolis since signing with Toronto as a free agent last summer when the Raptors come to Conseco Fieldhouse Saturday (7 p.m., FSN-Indiana).
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  • INDIANA 96, MIAMI 94 (OT)
    Huge Comeback Stuns Heat

    By Conrad Brunner | Jan. 24, 2007


    On a night when Jermaine O'Neal shot 4-of-20 from the floor, when the team committed 20 turnovers and posted a .393 field-goal percentage, somehow the Pacers found a way.

    Trailing Miami by 20 points late in the third quarter, the Pacers couldn't turn to any one player, so they relied on everybody. Darrell Armstrong and Jeff Foster played harassing defense that frustrated Dwyane Wade. Marquis Daniels kept slithering into the lane to make difficult shots. Danny Granger found his 3-point stroke. Troy Murphy never lost his.

    Add it all up and you get one of the most inspired victories of the season, a 96-94 overtime decision that stunned the defending NBA champions and spoiled the return of Shaquille O'Neal from a two-month absence due to knee surgery.

    Darrell Armstrong's drive made it 87-81 with 1:32 remaining in regulation, but the lead was wiped out by 3-pointers from Jason Kapono and Wade to force overtime. Granger then opened the extra period with a tough second-chance three-point play and the Pacers wouldn't relinquish the lead. Murphy made sure of that, hitting a pair of jumpers, including one that made it 96-92 with 42.9 seconds left.

    Jason Kapono hit a pull-up jumper that made it 96-94 and after Wade blocked Daniels' shot in the lane, Miami had one last shot. But Kapono, who hit his first four 3-point attempts, missed his last and the Pacers survived.

    The Pacers (22-20) won their second in a row and improved to 12-7 at home. Miami (19-23) fell to 9-13 on the road and 5-29 all-time in Indianapolis despite 32 point from Wade.


    PLUSES

    Wade's individual brilliance was overcome by collective will. There were no monster individual numbers from the Pacers, rather an array of contributions. Murphy's 17 points and 12 rebounds led the way; at 8-of-12 from the field he was the only Indiana player to shoot well throughout. Granger scored 14 of his 16 in the fourth quarter and overtime, adding five rebounds, three assists, two steals and a block. Tinsley watched Armstrong orchestrate the fourth-quarter comeback then brought the team home in overtime, finishing with 14 points and five assists, though five turnovers. All of Daniels' 11 points came after Miami built its 20-point lead. Armstrong had nine points, four assists, four rebounds and two steals in another lively performance, and O'Neal fought through his rough shooting night to contribute 13 rebounds and four blocked shots. The Pacers had a 30-10 advantage in bench scoring and controlled the boards 52-43.
    MINUSES
    Turnovers were a problem throughout, including the final three possessions of regulation. Wade was his usual scary self, adding eight assists, five rebounds, five steals and three blocked shots to his 32 points. The rapidly improving Kapono scored 18. Udonis Haslem hustled his way to 14 points and 15 rebounds and Alonzo Mourning muscled in 15 points and five blocked shots. O'Neal played just 14 ineffective minutes in his first game since Nov. 19, with five points and five rebounds.
    MOMENTS
    Miami had things to its liking for most of the game. After an ugly second quarter in which the teams combined for 28 points, 8-of-42 shooting and 17 turnovers, the visitors had a 41-34 lead. It quickly swelled as the Heat scored the first 11 points of the second half. With Wade, Haslem and Kapono doing the damage, the lead grew to 65-45 with 3:35 left in the third.

    With Armstrong providing the spark, the second unit promptly took over the game, finishing the third on a 12-5 run to cut the deficit to 70-57. They just kept coming in the fourth. Granger sandwiched an Armstrong 3-pointer with two of his own to start the period with a quick nine-point punch, and Daniel' drive gave Indiana a 75-74 lead with 6:46 remaining. In all, the Pacers outscored the Heat 31-9 in a span of 9½ minutes, taking a 76-74 advantage on Foster's free throw.

    Kapono put Miami back in front 79-78 with a 3-pointer but Granger answered with another three, Armstrong beat the shot-clock buzzer with a drive and O'Neal scored on a putback to make it 85-79 with 2:09 left. After Mourning scored, Armstrong lofted a drive high over the center's outstretched hands to make it 87-81 but the Pacers committed turnovers on their final three possessions of regulation and Kapono and Wade made them pay.

    Though the Pacers easily could've had a letdown after failing to close the deal, while Miami should've felt the relief of reprieve, Indiana quickly took control of the overtime period and finished off the remarkable victory.


    TIDBITS
  • Tinsley returned the lineup after missing one game with a sore lower back.
  • The Pacers established a season-low with 13 points in the second quarter.
  • Several members of the Super Bowl-bound Indianapolis Colts were on hand: Booger McFarland, Reggie Wayne, Marlin Jackson and Cato June received standing ovations when introduced.
  • Armstrong, then O'Neal missed technical foul free throws in the first quarter, extending the Pacers' streak to four.