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THE FACTS: The Indiana Pacers held the Miami Heat to 39 percent shooting in a 93-77 victory Monday at AmericanAirlines Arena. The Pacers were led by guard Brandon Rush and forward Danny Granger, who each scored 20 points. Forward LeBron James scored a game-high 25 points for the Heat and Chris Bosh added 21 points and 11 rebounds. Guard Dwyane Wade finished with a season-low three points in one of the worst games of his career.
QUOTABLE I: "This game was obviously a surprise to me, we didn't play well. Offensively, particularly, we didn't get into the kind of rhythm of flow. From there, we just seemed anxious and just tried to force the action. We weren't moving the ball. It really became an anxious game at that point." - Heat coach Erik Spoelstra
THE STAT: If the Heat's shooting problems weren't enough, they committed 22 turnovers. It was perhaps the sloppiest offensive performance of the season. The 38 percent shooting was also a season-low.
TURNING POINT: After trailing 22-19 in the first quarter, the Pacers outscored the Heat 35-19 in the second. The difference was the Pacers' ability to get to the basket, with Rush and Granger scoring on several easy layups. The outburst forced the Heat play catch-up, turning them into a 3-point shooting team.
HOT: Rush was 9 of 15 from the field. He made things look easy against the struggling defense, beating several defenders off the dribble for layups. Rush also grabbed seven rebounds and had four assists.
NOT: Wade had never scored below four points until tonight. There were concerns about his health before the game, with him missing the morning shootaround because of a sore wrist. It showed for the most part. He was 1 of 13 from the field. The low point came when he badly missed consecutive free throws in the fourth quarter.
FANTASY SPOTLIGHT: Bosh continues his solid play with another double-double. In addition to shooting at a high percentage (7 of 13), he added two blocks to his 21 points and 11 rebounds.
INSIDE THE ARENA: Boxing promoter Don King
GOOD MOVE: Pacers coach Jim O'Brien inserted Rush into the starting lineup just before tip-off. The move was made as a counter to the Pacers learning Wade would play. It was an attempt to add more athleticism to the lineup. Judging from Rush's performance, it was the right call.
BAD MOVE: Wade, Bosh and James all logged at least 38 minutes. It's hard to place blame on Spoelstra for doing so considering the bench combined to score four points.
NOTABLE: Wade has shot 5 of 26 in his last two games.
UP NEXT: For the Heat, Wednesday @ Orlando, Friday vs. Philadelphia, Saturday @ Dallas. For the Pacers, Tuesday vs. Cleveland, Friday vs. Oklahoma City, Sunday at Los Angeles Lakers.
Pacers overwhelm Big Three, rout Miami 93-77
Miami, Nov. 22, 2010 - All the Miami Heat banners, reminders of everything from division titles to the 2006 NBA championship, were missing from the rafters Monday night.
Fitting, because the Heat look nothing like champions these days.
"We came into their building knowing how good they're supposed to be," Rush said. "And they just had a bad night."
Back after a one-game absence with a sprained left wrist, Wade finished with three points on 1-for-13 shooting. He had never shot so poorly when taking at least 13 tries, and the point total was the third-lowest of his career. He has been held scoreless twice, once against Washington in 2004, the other in 2006 when he left midway through the first quarter of a game against Chicago.
"A tough night for Dwyane," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. "But we've been around him long enough. He always finds a way to bounce back. Getting his health is the priority, first of all. But secondly, we know that he's very introspective as a professional athlete. That's the way I want all of our guys in the locker room to be."
LeBron James scored 25 points and Chris Bosh had 21 points and 11 rebounds for Miami, which learned earlier Monday that top reserve Udonis Haslem will need surgery to repair a torn foot ligament and be out indefinitely.
T.J. Ford scored 13 points and Mike Dunleavy added 11 for the Pacers, who took control with a 29-11 run in the second quarter.
"Make or miss, we wanted to run," Pacers coach Jim O'Brien said. "We wanted to push it and move them. They were having a difficult time guarding our passing game. When they scored we just wanted to get it in quickly and put it at them."
For his part, Wade did not use the wrist - it was in a brace again after the game - as an excuse.
"I've played with worse," Wade said. "No bearing on my performance."
The Pacers (6-6) had been 0-4 when scoring less than 99 points. Granger hit a pair of 3-pointers 36 seconds apart in the final 2 1/2 minutes to seal it, the last one giving Indiana a 91-75 lead and sending just about everyone who was left in the seats heading to the exits.
Hours after learning Haslem will have surgery Tuesday, the Heat struggled just about every step of the way. Indiana's reserves outscored their counterparts 40-4 - the only Miami reserve to score was Jamaal Magloire, who entered with three points all season.
It was the first blowout defeat since Wade, James and Bosh teamed up with the Heat; Miami's first five losses came by a combined 20 points.
Indiana outrebounded Miami 48-39, forced 22 turnovers while committing 13, outscored the Heat 38-18 in the paint, and had more assists (26) than the Heat had field goals (24). When it was over, Wade stood at midcourt, frustrated expression on his face.
Now 14 games into this season of championship expectations, the Heat are 8-6. At this time a year ago, they were 9-5.
"We're in a position where we're going to get everybody's best and we haven't jelled as a team," Bosh said. "This is what we asked for coming into it, and we just have to keep going."
Wade missed his last nine shots of Friday's game against Charlotte, when he was battling flulike symptoms. He didn't play Saturday in Memphis, then made just one of his 13 shots against the Pacers.
So over that span, he's gone a baffling 1 for 22 from the field.
And when Wade got an attempt to finally fall, it didn't count - a tribute to the level of defense Indiana played all night.
Wade drove into the lane from the right wing midway through the third quarter, tossed up a shot off the board and in - only to have it waved off by Solomon Jones drawing a charge on the play. Wade attacked Jones again on the next Miami possession, got his layup blocked, then got a technical foul out of frustration.
"Our key was to go on every screen (and) make him shoot it because we knew the wrist was still bothering him," Rush said. "And that's what we did."
Not even two minutes later, the 7-foot-3, 260-pound Ilgauskas was called for a charge against 6-foot, 160-pound Darren Collison, who had no problem standing tall against a man who looks twice his size.
It was that sort of night for the Pacers.
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