Saturday, March 10 at Miami
Game Rewind: Heat 93, Pacers 91 (OT)
Up four with the ball with less than 90 seconds left in regulation, the Pacers couldn't close it out.
Up five with less than 2 minutes left in overtime, the Pacers couldn't close it out.
Twice on the brink of a hard-earned and much-needed victory, the Pacers instead emerged with another frustrating defeat. Dwyane Wade's off-balance jumper with one-tenth of a second remaining in overtime gave Miami a 93-91 victory.
The Pacers (23-15) put forth a strong overall performance but emerged with their third consecutive loss overall and seventh in a row to an opponent with a winning record. Miami (31-9) won its third straight overall and 12th in a row at home, where it is 18-2.
Danny Granger scored twice in a row to put the Pacers up 91-86 with 2:02 left but LeBron James hit a dee- 3-pointer, and then Chris Bosh hit a jumper from the top of the key to tie it with 1:03 remaining.
Granger got a good look at a 3-pointer but missed and James did the same but Udonis Haslem saved the long rebound, allowing the Heat to play for the final shot. The ball went to Wade, who ball-faked defender Paul George into the air, leaned in to draw contact and tossed up an awkward jumper that won the game.
BY THE NUMBERS
Granger led the Pacers with 19 points, adding seven rebounds. David West had 15 points and 10 rebounds but shot 4-of-18. Darren Collison scored 14 with six assists but committed seven turnovers. George scored 12 with four steals and Dahntay Jones scored 11 off the bench. The Pacers shot 38 percent and were outrebounded 50-40.
Wade led Miami with 28 points, adding seven assists and five turnovers. James scored 27 with eight rebounds, four assists and four steals. Bosh had 13 points and six rebounds. The big three combined for 68 points on 24 of 48 shooting (.500); the rest of the Heat combined for 25 points on 11-of-27 shooting (.407). Miami committed 20 turnovers.
STAT OF THE GAME
The Pacers, who led 61-60 after three quarters, lost for just the second time this season when leading entering the fourth quarter. Their 19-1 mark was the second-best in the league, behind only Chicago (28-0).
Playing aggressively on both ends of the floor, the Pacers controlled most of the first half and would've had a much bigger lead than 43-39 at the break if not for the individual brilliance of Wade, who scored 22 and shot 8 of 11 from the floor. The rest of the Miami team combined to produce 17 points on 7-of-24 shooting (.292), as James and Bosh were each 2 of 7.
Collison and George keyed a 15-4 run in the first quarter that put the Pacers up 23-14, while Dahntay Jones had five points as the bench asserted itself early in the second quarter, extending the advantage to 35-21. Wade took over from there, however, scoring 10 in an 18-5 run that cut the lead to 40-39. Collison's 3-pointer gave the Pacers some breathing room at the break.
The Pacers withstood Miami's attempt to seize momentum by feeding James in the third period. Though James went to the line repeatedly, the Heat made no significant run as the game remained close. Once again the second unit played well, closing the period on a 7-3 burst to give the Pacers a 61-60 lead entering the fourth quarter.
A 3-pointer by Jones and a bucket inside by West made it 74-68 with 6:19 left. Collison's jumper made it 81-77 with 1:31 left and after Mario Chalmers missed a three, the Pacers had the ball and a four-point lead with less than 90 seconds remaining.
But Jones made a bad pass under pressure, James stole it and drove for a dunk. After a Collison miss, James leaked out for a three-point play and the Heat led 82-81 with 46.1 remaining. But the Pacers again responded as West and Granger sandwiched a Miami turnover with two free throws apiece, giving the visitors an 85-82 lead with 21.1 left.
Scrambling to run the Heat off the 3-point line on the following possession, the Pacers did so three times but failed on the fourth, when James popped open in the corner and hit the tying shot with 10.2 remaining. James then locked up Collison on the final possession and the Pacers didn't get up a shot, forcing overtime.
In the first halves of the first two matchups with Miami this season, the Pacers totaled 39 points in each and trailed by a total of 52 points. Tonight, they held the Heat to 39 and led by four at the break. … The Pacers have been outrebounded 155-109 in the last three games. … Granger left early in the fourth quarter after landing hard on his right hand but returned shortly thereafter. … Coach Frank Vogel picked up a technical foul with 1:18 left in the first half. It marked the first technical for the Pacers in 13 games, and the first for Vogel since Dec. 30. … Miami reserve Mike Miller limped out of the game with a sprained left ankle with 5:05 left in the second quarter and did not return. … The Pacers were without sixth man George Hill, who injured his left shoulder in practice Thursday when he got tangled with Tyler Hansbrough. … Jeff Foster missed his fourth in a row and 26th of the season with a sore back.
The weekend back-to-back concludes Sunday in Orlando against Dwight Howard and the Magic (6 p.m., Fox Sports Indiana, WIBC 93 FM). Orlando already leads the season series 2-1 and would clinch the playoff tie-breaker with a victory, so this is a big game for Indiana.