Player of the Game
LUTHER HEAD
Veteran guard brought an offensive spark off the bench, scoring 12 points in 23 minutes, making 5-of-9 from the field and adding three assists.
Plus-Minus
Name Min. +/- Name Min. +/-
Travis Diener DNP --- Mike Dunleavy DNP ---
T.J. Ford 20:23 -11 Jeff Foster 3:28 -4
Danny Granger 37:14 -19 Tyler Hansbrough DNP ---
Luther Head 22:30 +1 Roy Hibbert 16:24 -6
Dahntay Jones 30:09 -3 Solomon Jones 31:36 -7
Josh McRoberts 1:19 -1 Troy Murphy 36:39 -6
A.J. Price 1:19 -1 Brandon Rush 12:41 -19
Earl Watson 26:18 -1
Hustle Board
  • Points in the paint: Pacers 24, Heat 24
  • Fast-break points: Heat 13, Pacers 5
  • Second-chance points: Pacers 10, Heat 7
  • Points off turnovers: Heat 23, Pacers 9
  • Bench scoring: Pacers 32, Heat 20
  • Stat of the Night
    Tonight's win is the Heat's first at Conseco Fieldhouse since New Year's Eve 2001 and it ends Miami's 14-game regular season losing streak on the Pacers home floor . The win is just the sixth (6-35) all-time for Miami in Indianapolis.
    Noteworthy
  • Tonight's loss is the Pacers' first in their last four home-openers and they have won six of 10 home-openers at Conseco Fieldhouse.
  • The Pacers have started a season 0-2 for the first time since the 2000-01 campaign.
  • With 22 points and 12 rebounds in each of the first two games of the 2009-2010 season, Jermaine O'Neal has registered back-to-back 20 and 10 games for the first time since 2007.
  • Miami is now 2-0 on the season for just the fifth time in its 22 seasons in the NBA.
  • After starting the game 24-45 from the floor (.533), the Heat made just six of its last 24 shots (.250) from the field.
  • Their 83 points tonight ended the Pacers streak of 11 games in a row of scoring over 100 points and that was the longest active streak in the NBA.
  • The Heat outscored the Pacers, 10-0, in the paint through the first 14 minutes of the game. But, the Pacers outscored Miami, 24-14, in the paint from there on out.
  • The Pacers had just one more turnover than the Heat tonight, 16-15, but gave up 14 more points off turnovers (23-9) than Miami.
  • The Pacers had three players (Hibbert, S. Jones, Watson)with multiple blocked shots and totaled nine rejections tonight
  • With 10 points and 10 rebounds, Udonis Haslem registered the 101st double-double of his career, third most in Miami Heat history.
  • Dwyane Wade's 19 attempts from the foul line tonight have tied the most by any player in the league this season. Denver's Carmelo Anthony had 19 attempts at Portland last night.
  • Up Next
    After taking the weekend off, the Pacers get back in action Tuesday in Conseco Fieldhouse against their preseason traveling companions, the Denver Nuggets (7 p.m., Fox Sports Indiana, 1070 The Fan AM).
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  • Oct. 30, 2009 at Conseco Fieldhouse
    Heat 96, Pacers 83


    PACERS COACH JIM O'BRIEN
    “I think our young guys inside got a lesson. Roy (Hibbert) and Solomon (Jones) really got schooled by Jermaine O’Neal. But they’ll get better by playing against guys like that. Dwyane Wade was Dwyane Wade. We fouled too many times. It never lets you get into a rhythm or tempo and they defended the hell out of us. They get under your chin and they’re very, very aggressive."

    "We’re certainly not a solid basketball team right now. But we will work to become one. It’s important for all our players to be productive, to be aggressive at both ends of the floor and tied into what we’re doing.”


    PACERS FORWARD DANNY GRANGER
    “We just played poorly. We didn’t shoot the ball well. They are a pretty physical team and we played their game. We’re fouling too much, easy shots came far and few between and when we got them we didn’t knock them down. "

    "We’re disappointed for ourselves as well as the fans that showed up tonight. They deserved better. You don’t get behind early to a good team like this and come back to win. We have got to work harder. Four-of-23 from the three point line won’t beat anybody. We’ve got to go back to the drawing board and get ready for the next game. I thing we’re all disappointed in the game tonight.”


    PACERS FORWARD TROY MURPHY
    “It came down to making and not making shots. Unfortunately we didn’t make them."

    "We fouled them too much and put them on the line too much, which gave them an edge up. We’ve got to get better, take better shots and just improve overall. It’s a long season and we have a long time to get ourselves gelled.”


    HEAT COACH ERIK SPOELSTRA
    (On the game) "It was a mature and professional win. I’m happy for Jermaine (O’Neal) to come back here and play healthy. He loves to establish the tempo."

    (On the team) "This team is explosive. I know Quentin Richardson’s box score is not very revealing, but he did a solid job on Danny Granger."

    (How does it feel to win in this arena after so many losses here?) "It’s very gratifying. We had some good teams and we had heartbreaking losses. So it’s satisfying for those of us who have been here for a while."

    (On Jermaine O’Neal) "His rebounding was a key factor. He set the tone on the glass for us."

    (On the Pacers) "They’re a dynamic offensive team with granger on the move they put you in tight situations."

    (On the rotations) "I’m pleased with the rotation. We’re getting consistent minutes with entire rotations. Udonis (Haslem) anchors that crew. Our minutes are much more consistent."

    (On Udonis being a closer) "He gives you that championship toughness and extra possessions and he gives the team a great deal of confidence.”


    HEAT GUARD DWYANE WADE
    “Indiana’s style is to get you to do things you don’t usually do. They try to get you to speed up and try to get you to go fast. Once you get into that game they can beat you there, especially at home. We try to control the pace a little bit, get into our offense, get into our sets, and play to our strengths. We were playing the inside game and also working the outside game as well."

    (On Jermaine O’Neal) "He’s feeling good… When he’s healthy he’s still one of the best centers that we have in this game. I’m happy for him and I want to see him keep it up.”


    HEAT CENTER JERMAINE O'NEAL
    “Having the big game here against Indiana, it means a lot to me. I was part of the team that went on those long runs against the Heat. It means a lot to me to be with this team (the Heat) now and to have the type of game I had to stop the streak. It’s a special, special moment."

    (On tonight’s game) "We went through some things, some tough calls. Indiana made a run and we stayed focused. We stuck with the game plan and stayed together.”