Postgame Report: Pacers 114, Heat 103 090130
Broke through with his best game since returning from a right knee injury, racking up 30 points on 10-of-18 shooting, including 4-of-8 from the 3-point line adding six rebounds, five assists and two steals.
The Pacers enjoyed their first double-digit victory margin since Dec. 15, when they beat Washington 118-98.
The second back-to-back set of the week concludes Saturday in Conseco Fieldhouse against Al Harrington and the New York Knicks (7 p.m., Fox Sports Indiana, 1070 The Fan)
Jan. 30, 2009 at Conseco Fieldhouse
Pacers 114, Heat 103
PACERS COACH JIM O'BRIEN
“Seven wins in a row at home. That’s great. Not bad for the walking wounded. We shot the ball great, we moved the ball great and we had a good assist (25) to turnover (8) ratio."
(On Mike Dunleavy) "It’s just a matter of time for Michael. We missed a number of things without him."
(On Maceo Baston) "It’s a pleasure to see somebody who never got frustrated. He’s a good example for the younger guys. He has worked hard and I’m happy for him."
(On Saturday night’s game) "There are a couple of opportunities: We’re guaranteed a winning month, but we’d like to get 10 wins in the month and go undefeated at home in January.”
PACERS GUARD MIKE DUNLEAVY
(On his game) "My shots have not been falling too well in the last two games. I was a little concerned about it but tonight they seemed to fall and I am getting back in the rhythm I should be in. "
"This is a pretty good basketball team that we beat tonight. And they are one that we had to beat because we are chasing them in the standings. We were very confident in ourselves, knocked some shots down and getting confidence in ourselves."
" I felt good out there tonight. They team felt good out there tonight and we got a good win under our belt. We have to come ready to play tomorrow.”
PACERS FORWARD MACEO BASTON
(On his game) "You can’t prepare to play your game until you are actually out there doing it. I try to keep my body, my mind and be able to adjust to game conditions. You can play three on three, two on two and practice scrimmage but it is not like being out there in game conditions."
"I’m glad that the coaching staff placed enough confidence in me to give me a chance to go out and play. As I play more, I know that I can continue to be in better condition and help this team win.”
HEAT COACH ERIK SPOELSTRA
(On the game) "Simply a case of readiness. Not being in the right mind to compete. They drilled us on defense. 19 second chance points and a lot of that had to do with showing up early to play. We didn’t have an answer."
(On the Pacers) "They can get you on your heels with that style of offense. And they’ve always been a good team at home. The teams they lost to were in overtime. We weren’t quite ready. This isn’t really us. We can be much better."
(On Mike Dunleavy) "He has movement and (was) aggressive. Heck of a player, great on the move and clever."
(On Udonis Haslem being ejected) "It hurt. He had a quick trigger, had words. From a captain, it hurt.”
HEAT GUARD DWYANE WADE
(On the bad start) "There was just not enough focus coming out, knowing how hard this game was going to be. This team (the Pacers) plays very well at home and very well, period. Even though we were aware of how good they were, we didn’t come out acting like we were aware."
(On losing Udonis Haslem) "It hurt us a lot. He’s very solid for us on the defensive end as well as on the offensive end. It hurt us tremendously.”
HEAT FORWARD MICHAEL BEASLEY
(On slow start) "They came out and hit all those shots, and every time we made a run they put a stop to it."
(On Dunleavy) "Dunleavy kind of snuck up on us with all that he did tonight. But he’s a great player. He’s always been a great player. That was kind of our fault.”