DANNY GRANGER
The rising star continued his ascent, scoring 25 points on 10-of-13 shooting, including 4-of-6 from the 3-point line. He added nine rebounds, two blocks and a steal in a strong overall performance.
KAREEM RUSH
"The gun is always loaded. If I'm open, I'm going to take the shot. I knew we needed threes when I came in, so I came in firing. That's what they've got me here for and that's what I hope that I can do. I know I can help this team in given situations and time will tell."
  • Points in the paint: Pacers 32, Heat 28
  • Fast-break points: Heat 10, Pacers 9
  • Second-chance points: Heat 15, Pacers 12
  • Points off turnovers: Pacers 24, Heat 16
  • Starters scoring: Pacers 61, Heat 46
  • Bench scoring: Heat 39, Pacers 26
  • The Pacers won their 14th consecutive game against Miami in Conseco Fieldhouse, 11 in the regular season and three in the playoffs. Miami's last win here came on Dec. 31, 2001. Miami has lost 15 in a row overall -- the final two games of the 2006-07 regular season and four straight to Chicago in the playoffs, seven in the preseason and the first two of the 2007-08 regular season.
    The Pacers play their first road game of the 2007-08 season Saturday in Memphis against Pau Gasol, Mike Conley and the Grizzlies (8 p.m., FSN-Indiana, WIBC 1070-AM)
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  • INDIANA 87, MIAMI 85
    Pacers rally, Rush past Heat

    By Conrad Brunner | Nov. 2, 2007


    Two games, two unpopular officials' reversals in the closing minutes and two last-second 3-pointers from the opposition later, the Pacers nevertheless stand two-and-oh.

    "Hot diggity dog," said Coach Jim O'Brien as he stood up to exit his postgame press conference.

    Make that record two-and-oh-my.

    With Kareem Rush rising from the end of the bench to hit two huge 3-pointers, the Pacers put together a 12-point run to wipe out a seven-point deficit in the final four minutes and pulled out an 87-85 victory over Miami Friday in Conseco Fieldhouse.

    "If people don't believe this group is never going to give up, they should've been here," said O'Brien. "That was a hell of a basketball game."

    Consecutive 3-pointers by Mark Blount and Daequan Cook gave Miami an 82-75 lead with 4:06 remaining. But the defense dug in, holding the Heat to 0-of-7 shooting while forcing three turnovers, and the offense responded. Rush's 3-pointers, from the exact same spot in the left corner in front of the Miami bench, gave the Pacers an 85-82 lead and Danny Granger followed with a pull-up jumper from the free throw line to make it a five-point lead with 40 seconds left.

    In the midst of the run the Pacers again were on the wrong end of an officials' reversal as the original call that Jermaine O'Neal had taken a charge from Ricky Davis was changed and O'Neal was hit with his sixth foul instead. Rather than buckling in the face of that particularly unfortunate turn of events, the Pacers forced a 24-second violation, then Rush nailed his second trey.

    Miami's Ricky Davis heaved in a 3-pointer from midcourt as time expired but unlike Wednesday night, when Washington's Gilbert Arenas hit a buzzer-beater to force overtime, this one had no effect on the outcome.

    Granger led the Pacers with 25 points on 10-of-13 shooting, including 4-of-6 from the arc, and added nine rebounds. Ike Diogu had a big game off the bench with 16 points and six rebounds. Mike Dunleavy weathered an eight-stitch gash in his upper lip to score 15 with seven rebounds, three assists and two steals. Though Jermaine O'Neal didn't shoot well (2-of-9) in his first outing, he had nine rebounds, three blocks and tied his career-high with seven assists.

    "It was a great team victory," O'Brien said.

    Though the Pacers shot just 39.8 percent and generally lost the tug-of-war for the tempo against Miami, they held the Heat to 37.5 percent shooting and forced 19 turnovers. Shaquille O'Neal totaled just eight points on 4-of-13 shooting with seven rebounds and four blocks. He fouled out with six turnovers. Cook lead Miami with 17 points off the bench.


    NOTEWORTHY
  • The Pacers unveiled their alternate bright yellow uniforms.
  • Dunleavy left the game briefly with a bloody mouth, the result of an elbow from Udonis Haslem while contesting a rebound in the first quarter. After receiving eight stitches in his upper lip, Dunleavy returned midway through the second.
  • Troy Murphy missed his second game in a row with a strained Achilles tendon but participated in the morning shootaround and is moving closer to a return. "I think he's getting close," said O'Brien. "He practiced a little today. He doesn't have problems running, he doesn't have problems jumping but he has problems with his back-pedaling. They expected that to be the last thing that comes but I think he's close. We're hoping to have him by next week sometime."
  • Shawne Williams did not play while serving the second game of his team suspension. The third game will be Saturday in his hometown of Memphis. Williams is expected to make his debut Wednesday against the L.A. Clippers in Conseco Fieldhouse.
  • Two-time Indy 500 champion Helio Castroneves and his "Dancing with the Stars" partner, Julianne Hough, exchanged gifts with Pacers O'Neal and Granger before the game, then showed their dance moves during the break between the first and second periods.