JERMAINE O'NEAL
Scored 12 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter, including two huge free throws after absorbing a devastating elbow to the head from Shaquille O'Neal on his way to the basket with 2:14 remaining. He made 9-of-12 shots and pulled seven rebounds.
JIM O'BRIEN
"I think that was a heroic effort at the end from Jermaine O’Neal from the standpoint that they were not sure if he lost consciousness and then he comes back and makes two foul shots and the next possession he puts his body in front of the driver to take the charge. I just think that was a phenomenal example of leadership and what he means to our basketball team."
  • Points in the paint: Pacers 38, Heat 34
  • Fast-break points: Pacers 16, Heat 9
  • Second-chance points: Pacers 17, Heat 12
  • Points off turnovers: Heat 19, Pacers 17
  • Starters scoring: Pacers 76, Heat 70
  • Bench scoring: Heat 33, Pacers 30
  • Normally a pass-first point guard, Jamaal Tinsley put up 27 shots; no other Pacers player attempted more than 12 and the rest of the starting five combined to take just 34.
    This brief road trip concludes Monday in New York against former Pacers Coach Isiah Thomas and the Knicks (7:30 p.m., FSN-Indiana, WIBC 1070-AM).
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  • INDIANA 106, MIAMI 103
    J.O. takes two for the team

    At Miami | Dec. 15, 2007


    Dwyane Wade is the guy with the shoe commercial heralding his ability to get back up after getting knocked down, but it was Jermaine O'Neal who did it when it mattered most.

    After taking a vicious elbow to the side of the head from Shaquille O'Neal on his way to the basket, the Pacers' O'Neal remained prone for several minutes, and then needed treatment on the bench – including dumping a cup of water on his head – to remain in the game. He then stepped to the line and made two huge free throws that gave the Pacers a 103-97 lead with 2:14 remaining.

    On the ensuing possession, he stepped into the path of the hard-charging Wade to draw an offensive foul, again tumbling hard to the floor – and this time heading straight to the locker room after getting up.

    With O'Neal finishing off his 24-point game by taking two for the team, the Pacers held on to beat the Heat 106-103 Friday in Miami.

    "I thought we came out and played a full 48 minutes and attacked on both ends of the court," said Jamaal Tinsley. "And we did the things to pull out the game at the end."

    They did, but barely.

    After taking a 99-88 lead on O'Neal's free throws with 5:58 remaining, the Pacers went more than five minutes without a basket as Miami cut into the lead, scoring eight of their next 12 points at the free-throw line. Daequan Cook's free throw with 39 seconds left cut the lead to 103-100. "We knew they were trying to foul us or go for a steal," said Tinsley, "so we just spaced out the court and got an extra pass."

    It wasn't quite over.

    Ricky Davis answered with an immediate 3-pointer and Tinsley left the door open for overtime by making just one of two free throws with 3.2 seconds left. But Wade's off-balance corner 3-pointer missed at the buzzer and the Pacers (12-12) returned to .500.

    Tinsley, whose offensive aggression in the first half kept the Pacers in the game, finished with 26 points, though he was 10-of-27 from the field.

    "I've got to give credit to the coaching staff for leaving me out on the court," Tinsley said with a smile. "I'm going to make one; eventually, one of them is going to go in."

    O'Neal was 9-of-12 from the field and pulled seven rebounds before leaving with 1:55 remaining. Danny Granger had 16 points, six rebounds, four assists and three steals.

    The Pacers held Miami (6-17) to 13-of-39 shooting in the second half, including 5-of-19 in the fourth quarter. Wade scored 24 with nine assists but committed eight turnovers. Udonis Haslem scored a season-high 24 points on 10-of-14 shooting. Shaquille O'Neal scored 12 with three rebounds, attempting just seven shots in 26 minutes. Cook scored 14 and Davis 13 off the bench.

    Tinsley scored 17 in the first half as the Pacers withstood 61 percent shooting by Miami to trail just 55-52 at the break. A game that had been remarkably close throughout – there were 24 lead changes in the second and third periods – turned the Pacers' direction early in the fourth when Jermaine O'Neal scored the first six points in a 17-6 run that opened a 95-85 lead.


    NOTEWORTHY
  • Ike Diogu was on the active roster for the first time since Nov. 3. The young forward was inactive for 20 games while recovering from a torn left calf muscle. Travis Diener replaced him on the inactive list.
  • The Pacers improved to 7-5 on the road and 6-2 on the second night of back-to-back games; they're 2-6 on the first night.
  • Indiana won for the eighth time in Foster's last 10 starts.
  • Former Pacers coaches Jack Ramsay, the father-in-law of current coach Jim O'Brien, and Jack McKinney were seated together in the AmericanAirlines Arena crowd.
  • The Heat lost for the seventh time in nine games overall and dropped to 2-8 at home.
  • Indiana's two victories over Miami this season have come by a total of five points.