Player of the Game
TYLER HANSBROUGH
Aggressive rookie produced his second consecutive double-double (10 points, 10 rebounds) and third of the season off the bench despite missing all five of his field-goal attempts, making 10-of-10 from the line.
Plus-Minus
Name Game Season Name Game Season
Diener DNP --- Dunleavy -31 -38
Ford 0 -162 Foster DNP -9
Granger DNP -58 - Hansbrough +5 -29
Head +6 +65 Hibbert -23 -58
D. Jones -38 -136 S. Jones -7 -55
McRoberts -3 -12 Murphy -40 -214
Price -4 +11 Rush -5 -76
Watson -38 -32
Hustle Board
  • Points in the paint: Heat 54, Pacers 24
  • Fast-break points: Heat 15, Pacers 11
  • Second-chance points: Heat 17, Pacers 15
  • Points off turnovers: Heat 22, Pacers 5
  • Starters scoring: Heat 76, Pacers 26
  • Bench scoring: Pacers 54, Heat 38
  • Stat of the Night
    In the last two games, Indiana's starters have been outscored by 94 points (160-66) while combining to shoot 25-of-73 (.342) from the field and commit 21 turnovers.
    Noteworthy
  • In two lopsided victories over the Pacers this season, the only time Miami trailed was 1-0 Sunday night.
  • With his 1-of-10 shooting against Miami, Mike Dunleavy has gone 10-of-46 (.217) overall and 2-of-18 (.111) from the 3-point line in the last five games.
  • The Pacers dropped to 0-5 with the current starting lineup of Earl Watson, Dahntay Jones, Dunleavy, Troy Murphy and Roy Hibbert.
  • Prior to Sunday, the Pacers' biggest deficit of the season was 28 points, but they trailed Miami by 40 several times in the fourth quarter.
  • Danny Granger (torn plantar fascia) missed his 11th consecutive game and 12th of the season. The Pacers are 4-8 in his absence.
  • Jeff Foster missed fourth in a row with a sprained back. Travis Diener (foot) joined Foster and Granger on the inactive list.
  • Up Next
    From the relative warmth of Miami, the Pacers head north to Chicago to face the Bulls Tuesday (8 p.m., Fox Sports Indiana, 1070 The Fan).
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    Dec. 27, 2009 at Miami
    Heat 114, Pacers 80






















    END RESULT
    Sequels are frequently worse than the originals, and such was the case for the Pacers Sunday night. After falling into a deep early hole, rallying briefly and then being routed by Atlanta Saturday night at home, the Pacers repeated that pattern in a much bigger way Sunday in Miami.

    They fell behind by 22 in the first quarter, 24 in the second, 38 in the third and 40 in the fourth on the way to their most lopsided loss in nearly five years, 114-80, to the Heat.

    IMPACT
    The Pacers (9-20) lost their sixth in a row overall and 17th in the last 21 games. They also dropped their five straight and 10th in 11 on the road, where they're 3-12, and dropped to 1-11 against teams with winning records. This was their most lopsided loss ever to Miami and the worst margin since a 35-point loss in Phoenix on Jan. 9, 2004. Miami (16-12) beat the Pacers handily for the second time this season, and won its third in a row overall and fifth in six games.

    KEY MOMENTS
    After falling behind 33-16 in the first quarter in Friday's home loss to Atlanta, the Pacers fell behind 34-12 in the first quarter as Miami made 13 of its first 16 shots. Like the night before, the second unit tried to make a game of it, putting together a 14-point run bridging the first and second periods to cut the deficit to 34-26 as Miami missed 10 shots in a row. But when the starters returned, Miami regained traction and burned rubber pulling away and took a 66-44 lead into the break.

    Any hopes the Pacers might've entertained of a productive second half were laid to rest immediately as Miami scored the first eight points of the third quarter in a little more than a minute to build a 74-44 lead. At that point, the Pacers were facing their largest deficit of the season but it got steadily worse, leading to extended scrimmage time for the deep reserves in the fourth quarter.

    BY THE NUMBERS
    For the second game in a row, Troy Murphy was the only starter in double figures as he scored 16 on 5-of-12 shooting, but missed four of eight free throws and pulled just two rebounds. The rest of the starters combined to produce 10 points on 4-of-19 shooting while committing 12 turnovers. The starting backcourt of Earl Watson and Dahntay Jones was shut out and Mike Dunleavy managed one 3-pointer for the night in 10 shot attempts. Tyler Hansbrough had his second double-double in a row off the bench (10 points, 10 rebounds) despite going 0-of-5 from the field, making all 10 of his free throws. T.J. Ford scored 10 with four assists. The Pacers shot a season low .307 overall, had 20 turnovers, were outrebounded 55-40 and missed 16 free throws.

    Dwyane Wade played just 28 minutes, scoring 25 points to lead Miami, hitting 10-of-17 from the field and adding six assists and three steals. Jermaine O'Neal dominated his former team once again with 19 points in 19 minutes on 6-of-7 shooting. Michael Beasley scored 16 and Udonis Haslem 13 off the bench. The only thing Miami did not do well was shoot 3-pointers, going 1-of-11. The Heat dominated every other phase.