Sunday, March 10th, 2013 at 6:00 PM EST at American Airlines Arena
Game Rewind: IND 91, MIA 105
by Scott Agness | March 10, 2013 at 9:42 PM
Like the Pacers, the Miami Heat had this third (and final) regular season meeting marked down on the calendar. The Heat had fallen in the two previous meetings, both in Indianapolis and by double-digits. With the Pacers down in their territory and with a 17-game win streak on the line, the Heat received large contributions from five different players and shot 56% en route to a 105-91 win.
The Pacers (39-24) led 11-6 early, but then the Heat (47-14) turned it up a notch. Miami used an 11-3 run to take a 17-14 lead, which they held on to for good. Mario Chalmers, who entered the game averaging 7.9 points per game, went off for 11 in the first stanza and the Heat led by nine.
Forward David West checked in a couple minutes into the second, and went on score 15 of the Pacers’ final 20 points of the half. He connected on three mid-range jumpers, a layup, and all seven free throw attempts. The Pacers trimmed the Heat lead to two, 46-44, on a West layup. However, a brutal close to the half by the Pacers – an easy LeBron James dunk and a Dwyane Wade jumper as time expired following a Paul George turnover in the backcourt – gave all the momentum the Heat, who closed the half on a 10-2 run and had a 56-46 advantage.
Continuing where they left off in the first half, the Heat, who have already clinched a playoff spot, outscored the Pacers 20-7 over the first 6:13 of the third quarter. At that point, their lead was 23. The Pacers missed on 15-of-21 shots in the quarter while the Heat made 67 percent of their field goal attempts.
Later, D.J. Augustin hit three 3-pointers in a row, which pulled the Pacers within 12, 92-80, with 6:33 remaining. However, any time the Pacers started to build something positive, the Heat responded at the other end.
The Heat prevented a sweep, answered all questions, and sent a message to the Pacers – and the league – with a 14-point victory that felt much larger than it really was.
Inside the Numbers
David West’s play was strong. He finished with 24 points, 10 coming from the charity stripe. With 16 points, Roy Hibbert scored in double figures for his eighth-consecutive game. Reserve guard D.J. Augustin followed up his 14-point effort Friday in Orlando with another 14 points tonight, including four long-balls.
Mario Chalmers, not a member of the Heat’s ‘big three’, led all scorers with 26. Chris Bosh scored 24 points on an efficient 11-of-15 shooting. Dwyane Wade had 23 and LeBron James scored 13 and dished out a game-high seven assists. Ray Allen, who was scoreless in the previous two meetings, added 11 points.
The Pacers’ league-leading streak of holding opponents under 100 points ended at 11. They are 3-10 when opponents have triple digits on the board.
24 points in the paint is tied for Indiana’s second-lowest output of the season, behind their 18 points in the paint amassed in a win over Memphis on New Year’s Eve.
Miami scored 27 points off of 18 Indiana turnovers.
The Pacers nailed 29 of their 34 (85 percent) free throw attempts.
“In the last 10 seconds of the half there was a huge momentum swing. LeBron James had a great finish at the rim and then the turnover and a bucket is where it changes. They didn’t blow us out in the second half but that was obviously a critical stretch.” – Frank Vogel
“In the second half, they (Heat) turned it up a notch. They were under our chins on every catch and we didn’t handle that pressure well enough. We are a young team. Paul George and Lance Stephenson are still very young players and their two superstars got the best of us tonight. We respond during the game, and our team has shown great resolve all year and I have every confidence that they are going to respond in the playoffs.” – Frank Vogel
“We didn’t compete from the opening tip. I just don’t think we brought enough competitive fire. LeBron James has 13 points and you have to beat other guys. Chalmers goes for 26. It’s just not enough. We didn’t compete hard enough. You can’t beat a team like that in their building as well as they’re playing without competing. The first half didn’t end the way we wanted it to, but we have to compete. We gave up 56% from the floor.” – David West
“It threw us off a bit. We want to stay the same and matchup with me on LeBron [James] and Lance [Stephenson] on [Dwyane] D-Wade. It’s tough when they get into transitions, and how you have to run across the court to matchup. That allows them an open court to make plays.” – Paul George on Wade guarding him and James on Stephenson
“We were happy to win another game. We don’t talk about it. We don’t mention it. We just live in the moment.” – LeBron James on Miami’s win streak
Stat of the Game
When their opponent shoots hit at least half their shots, the Pacers are winless this season (0-5). The Heat, which made 55.9 percent of their attempts, improved to 29-2 when shooting over 50 percent.
- Indiana is now 2-1 against Miami this season.
- Unhappy with the way the game was officiated, Frank Vogel was charged with his fifth technical foul of the season.
- The Pacers were whistled for three defensive 3-second violations.
- The Pacers drop to 1-4 in games on Sunday.
- Indiana wore their gold uniforms; Miami’s jerseys read ‘El Heat’ for Latina Night.
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