Postgame Report: Pacers 90, Heat 88 090325

Scored 28 points overall and 10 in the fourth quarter, making 10-of-20 from the field and 3-of-7 from the 3-point line, adding four rebounds, three steals and two blocked shots.

Name Min. +/- Name Min. +/-
Maceo Baston 7:55 -5 Marquis Daniels DNP ---
Travis Diener DNP --- Mike Dunleavy DNP ---
T.J. Ford 32:35 -2 Jeff Foster 38:25 +11
Stephen Graham 4:19 0 Danny Granger 37:35 +8
Roy Hibbert 15:20 +3 Jarrett Jack 41:27 +1
Josh McRoberts 4:15 -7 Troy Murphy DNP ---
Rasho Nesterovic 16:49 -4 Brandon Rush 41:20 +5

  • Points in the paint: Pacers 36, Heat 14
  • Fast-break points: Pacers 10, Heat 7
  • Second-chance points: Heat 16, Pacers 12
  • Points off turnovers: Heat 13, Pacers 12
  • Starters scoring: Heat 64, Pacers 63
  • Bench scoring: Pacers 27, Heat 24

  • The Pacers won their 14th straight home game from the Heat (17 including the postseason), a streak that dates back to Dec. 31, 2001. It's the sixth-longest active streak of its kind in the NBA. San Antonio tops the list with 22 straight home wins against Golden State.

  • The Pacers were without Troy Murphy (sprained ligament, L knee), who was injured in the morning shootaround, as well as Marquis Daniels (sprained R wrist).
  • With Granger and T.J. Ford combining for the team's final 20 points, the Pacers went on a 13-1 run to wipe out a 75-72 deficit and took a 90-80 lead with 3:46 left on Granger's 3-pointer. They did not score again but held on for the win when Dwyane Wade missed a corner 3-pointer at the buzzer.
  • Miami's 88 points represents the fourth straight game in which the Pacers have held an opponent under 100 points, tying a season-high. The win is the Pacers' 17th (17-6) in a game in which it held an opponent to less than 100 points.
  • In the last four games, the Pacers foes have averaged 87.0 ppg and shot 141-330 FGS (.427).
  • The Heat shot just 3-17 from 3-pt range tonight and Indiana's last four opponents have shot 19-66 from beyond the arc (.288).
  • The NBA's leading scorer, Wade was held eight points below his average with 21 points tonight. Ranked among the league leaders in field goal percentage this season (.493), Wade shot just 5-24 FGS tonight, including 2-11 in the second half.
  • The Pacers outrebounded the Heat, 50-44, including a season-high 16 boards from Jeff Foster. Foster claimed five offensive rebounds, half Indiana's total.
  • Ford tied his season-high with nine rebounds off the bench and Brandon Rush had eight -- his most since having a career-high 11 vs. Golden State, 12/17.
  • The Heat's loss is just their eighth this season (28-8) when leading at the end of three quarters.
  • The Pacers are now 17-18 this season vs. teams that are .500 or better, including tonight's win against the Heat.
  • Tonight's two-point win is the Pacers' 20th of the season decided by three points or less and they are 8-12 in those games.

  • The Pacers travel to Chicago for a rare Saturday afternoon game against Derrick Rose, Brad Miller and the Bulls (2 p.m., Fox Sports Indiana, 1070 The Fan).

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  • March 25, 2009 at Conseco Fieldhouse

    Pacers 90, Heat 88


    "That was an outstanding defensive effort by our team, the entire game. To hold an MVP candidate to 5 of 24 shooting is terrific. We were very, very active with our hands the second half. We're very happy to get a win against a very good basketball team. They (Miami) have had a tough schedule and may be a little leg weary. So we wanted them to beat us on jump shots and not in the paint. "

    "T.J. (Ford) was great running the show. We went small down the stretch and I thought Jeff (Foster) was a whirling dervish defensively and let people feel his presence inside."

    (On Dwyane Wade's last shot) "I thought Brandon (Rush) defended him well. He did everything but block his shot. He got a nice hand up. It looked like it was going in but it didn't."


    (On holding Dwyane Wade to 5-24 shooting) "I just tried to challenge him on every shot he took and just tried to stay in front of him. I tried to contest everything he put up, and make sure I got a hand up every time he left his feet."

    (On his overall game) "I rebounded pretty well, but I didn't make the shots I needed to make. If I had hit that three with a minute and some seconds left, that would have put a dagger in them. I ended up making it up on the defensive end and rebounding."


    (On stopping Dwyane Wade) "Wade makes it hard on any defense down the stretch. You know he's going to take the shots and get to the line. He put us on our heels defensively at the end, and we weren't hitting shots down the stretch. But we've been playing really good defense the last couple of games. Jack (Jarrett Jack) and Brandon (Rush) and whoever else was on Wade tonight did an admirable job of making him take some tough shots. He had to kick it out to teammates for shots and we were fortunate he was missing a lot of his open shots."

    (On a Playoff push) "We'll see what happens. Guys are still playing hungry and aggressively. And we've been playing some pretty good defense down the stretch."


    "This is a snapshot of who we've been on the road. We hang around and then can't close it out. It's a disappointing loss even though we shot 37 percent. We need to regroup, get our rest and get ready for tomorrow."

    (On Dwyane Wade's tough shooting night) "Even though he had a tough shooting night, we still had a chance to win. He'd probably like to have some of those shots back. Those are the ones he shot at a high percentage on. He's made those pull-up jumpers all year and they just weren't going down tonight."

    (On the Heat playing the Pacers in Indiana of the years) "It's about these teams this year and they've had our number. They've been able to drive and penetrate and it's always tough to win in this building."


    (On that last shot) "I was able to get some space which is tough to do with 2.8 seconds left, it's tough. I got the space and I got a good look and the shot just went in and out. I thought it was in. All you can ask for in a two point game is to get a good look. And I got that and I didn't deliver."

    "They're a tough team to play here at home. They have a difficult style of play with their offense. But it's still a game we should have won."

    "We have a game tomorrow night against the Bulls. That's going to be tough for us. We just have to keep fighting. There are 11 games left now and all of them will be tough."


    (On losing a tough game) "We just have to step up a little better here. We're getting close to the end of the season. Tonight I had a chance to tie it up but I just missed the shot. There's not common reason why we've been losing games. Some games we're up 20 and end up blowing the lead."

    "My shot was money all night. It was the easiest look I had all game. It just didn't go in. Other guys had looks as well. The thing about it is, we've got another one tomorrow night and Chicago's been playing real well. We�ve got to be ready for them."

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