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GAME RECAP: Heat 113, Pacers 112

Jimmy Butler scores 20 points, grabs 9 rebounds, and 6 assists as the Heat beat the Pacers 113-112.

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GAME RECAP: Heat 113, Pacers 112

Jimmy Butler scores 20 points, grabs 9 rebounds, and 6 assists as the Heat beat the Pacers 113-112.
Dec 27, 2019  |  00:01

Postgame: Pacers Locker Room - Dec. 27, 2019

December 27, 2019 - Pacers head coach Nate McMillan and players Doug McDermott and Aaron Holiday reacted to the 113-112 loss to Miami on Friday night.
Dec 27, 2019  |  01:12

Lamb's Go-Ahead Bucket

Jeremy Lamb's runner gives Indiana a one-point lead with 30 seconds to play.
Dec 27, 2019  |  00:00

McConnell Cuts Backdoor

T.J. McConnell gets the backdoor basket
Dec 27, 2019  |  00:09

McDermott for Three

Doug McDermott Hits the Deep Three
Dec 27, 2019  |  00:07

Warren in the Right Place

T.J. Warren's in the Right Place to Tie the Game
Dec 27, 2019  |  00:08

Turner Turnaround Jump Shot

Myles Turner Hits a Turnaround Jump Shot for 2
Dec 27, 2019  |  00:10

Ball Movement on Point

Ball Movement on Point
Dec 27, 2019  |  00:13

Warren Knocks Down a 3

T.J. Warren Knocks Down a 3
Dec 27, 2019  |  00:07

Holiday One-Hand Slam

Justin Holiday One-Hand Slams for 2
Dec 27, 2019  |  00:09

McConnell Connects with Sumner on the Break

T.J. McConnell finds Edmond Sumner for the layup
Dec 27, 2019  |  00:10

Sumner Works the Paint

Edmond Sumner Works the Paint
Dec 27, 2019  |  00:09

McConnell Drives to Rim

T.J. McConnell Drives to the Rim
Dec 27, 2019  |  00:08

Warren Finds Holiday

T.J. Warren Finds Justin Holiday for 3
Dec 27, 2019  |  00:10

Holiday to Turner for Three

Aaron Holiday Finds Myles Turner for a Big Three
Dec 27, 2019  |  00:07

Warren Floater

T.J. Warren Floats Over Defender
Dec 27, 2019  |  00:10

Aaron Holiday with the Soft Touch

Holiday Glides It Up For 2
Dec 27, 2019  |  00:10

Lamb Pushes Through

Jeremy Lamb Pushes Through for 2
Dec 27, 2019  |  00:09

Lamb From Outside

Jeremy Lamb Hits 3 From Outside
Dec 27, 2019  |  00:09

Game Rewind: Pacers 112, Heat 113

Friday, December 27, 2019 at 8:00 PM ET at AmericanAirlines Arena
by Wheat Hotchkiss Writer/Editor

Game Recap

The Pacers put forth a valiant effort on Friday night in Miami, but it wasn't quite enough to do what only one team has done so far this season — beat the Heat on their home court.

Goran Dragic's jumper with 6.8 seconds left gave Miami (23-8) a 113-112 win over Indiana (21-11). The Heat are now 14-1 at home this season, the best home record in the NBA. Their only home loss came against the Lakers on Dec. 13.

The Pacers led 108-104 with three minutes remaining, but the Heat quickly rallied. Jimmy Butler dished to Duncan Robinson for a 3-pointer to cut the deficit to one, then put Miami in front with 2:21 remaining.

On the other end, Butler fouled T.J. Warren, who hit two free throws to briefly give the Pacers the lead at 2:03. Butler then drove and dished to Bam Adebayo for the go-ahead layup with 1:47 remaining.

Neither team scored for the next minute, until Jeremy Lamb knifed through the defense and hit a one-handed runner to give the Pacers a 112-111 lead with 30.8 seconds remaining.

Out of a timeout, the Heat put the ball in Butler's hands. He drove past his defender, but Myles Turner rotated over to contest his shot at the rim, causing Butler to miss off the front iron.

The rebound, however, was batted back out to the right wing, where Butler recovered. Miami swung the ball to Kendrick Nunn in the left corner. Nunn then drove and attempted a reverse layup along the baseline. That, too, missed, but once again the Pacers couldn't control the board.

The ball was batted twice before ending up in the hands of Adebayo on the left block. Adebayo kicked the ball back out to Dragic at the top of the key. Dragic then drove into the paint and converted the eventual game-winner.

"We knew that this was an athletic team," Pacers head coach Nate McMillan said after the loss. "They shoot and go get it. We didn't really stop them from rebounding all night long. That last possession was the biggest one of the game and we give them three chances on that possession."

The Pacers had a good look to win at the buzzer, as Aaron Holiday beat his man into the paint, but missed a left-handed floater.

Holiday, starting his second straight game at point guard in place of the injured Malcolm Brogdon (sore left hamstring), led the Blue & Gold with 17 points and nine assists in the loss. Six other Pacers finished in double figures, including Lamb and Warren, who had 16 points apiece.

Lamb got the Pacers' offense going early on Friday night, scoring Indiana's first eight points to keep them within striking distance.

The two teams traded the lead five times in the opening frame, but it was the Pacers who took a narrow 27-25 advantage into the second quarter, thanks in part to hitting 4-of-7 attempts from 3-point range.

The Pacers' second unit quickly extended the lead in the second quarter, opening the frame with a 7-0 run that featured a 3-pointer from Justin Holiday, a layup from Edmond Sumner, and a jumper from Doug McDermott.

The Heat eventually mounted a charge of their own, connecting on three 3-pointers during a 13-2 run midway through the second quarter to move back in front.

Indiana answered with a 9-2 run of its own, retaking the lead on McDermott's 3-pointer with 2:26 left in the half. But Miami made one last surge, with Robinson's triple with 19.7 seconds remaining in the half breaking a 55-55 tie.

After scoring just two points in the first half, Warren came alive in the third quarter, tallying 12 points in the frame.

Miami maintained a narrow advantage for most of the third quarter, but never led by more than six. Indiana tied the game twice and took a brief one-point lead after Turner's layup at 1:49, but the Heat took an 84-82 lead into the fourth quarter.

The Heat opened the fourth quarter with seven unanswered points to quickly stretch their lead to nine. But McDermott answered, hitting 3-pointers on back-to-back possessions to put the Pacers back within striking distance.

The Blue & Gold eventually surged ahead with a 9-0 run of their own, taking a 103-102 lead on Aaron Holiday's jumper with 5:03 remaining and extending it to four on Turner's 3-pointer 42 seconds later.

McDermott finished with 14 points off the bench, going 4-for-7 from 3-point range. Turner added 13 points and six rebounds, while Justin Holiday and Edmond Sumner each had 11 points in the loss.

Butler led all scorers with 20 points, going just 3-for-11 from the field, but 14-for-15 from the free throw line. The four-time All-Star also tallied nine rebounds and six assists.

Adebayo added 18 points, 15 rebounds, and six assists for Miami. Robinson also scored 18, going 6-for-10 from 3-point range. Nunn added 17 points, while Dragic had 14 points and six assists off the bench.

The Pacers will be back in action very soon. Indiana will fly to New Orleans on Friday night and take on Jrue Holiday and the Pelicans on Saturday at 7:00 PM ET. They return to Indiana to host Philadelphia on New Year's Eve.

Inside the Numbers

Pacers forward Domantas Sabonis finished with eight points on 4-of-11 shooting and seven rebounds. It was the first game all season in which Sabonis failed to score in double figures and just his fifth game in which he failed to tally 10 or more rebounds.

The Pacers had just four turnovers in the loss, tying a franchise record for fewest turnovers in a game. They had just four giveaways on four other occasions, with the last time being on March 16, 2015.

Both teams shot the ball well from beyond the 3-point arc on Friday. The Pacers were 14-for-31 (45.2 percent), while the Heat were 16-for-38 (42.1 percent).

Friday's game was a tight contest throughout, featuring eight ties and 20 lead changes. The largest lead for each team was just nine points.

While Butler attempted 15 free throws, all the other players in Friday's game combined attempted just 16. The Pacers went 10-for-12 from the charity stripe, while Butler's teammates were 3-for-4.

You Can Quote Me On That

"They won a scrap game for sure. Tonight they were a little more hungry. We gave up a 33-point second quarter which is never good for us. We hang our heads at the defensive end of the floor and I thought that they out-scrapped us. They got some 50-50 balls that we usually get. They crashed every time and we just weren't able to execute there when it was most important." -McDermott

"They did good guarding the play. We slipped Doug out and they switched it. I just had to try to attack. I think I got a good look at it. I shot it long." -Aaron Holiday on the final play

"It comes down to two plays. We didn’t execute. On the defensive possession, where if we get a stop, we get a rebound and possibly win the game. I think they got three offensive rebounds on that possession. Then we have the last possession of the game, and we don't score. So you have to make those plays and we didn’t do that." -McMillan

"We have a lot of guys who can score and defend. We're growing as a team. We feel really comfortable at home. We knew that this week was going to be really important to us. We've got two good teams coming in, tonight Indiana and tomorrow back-to-back versus Philly. We've got everybody here who wants to play those games." -Dragic

"We talk about it every day, about never giving up on a play. Going after every loose ball and today was a prime example of that." -Butler

Stat of the Night

The Heat outrebounded Indiana 56-34 on Friday, the Pacers' worst rebounding margin of the season. Miami had a 14-2 edge on the offensive glass. The Pacers' two offensive rebounds were their fewest in a game since they had just one in a loss at Boston on March 3, 2006.


  • Friday's loss snapped a four-game win streak for the Pacers against the Heat, and a three-game win streak in Miami.
  • The Pacers and Heat will play four times this season. The Heat visit Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Jan. 8 and March 20 and the Blue & Gold return to Miami on April 7.
  • Indiana is now just 1-5 on the season when playing the first night of a back-to-back and 0-5 when that game is on the road.
  • PGA Tour golfer and Avon, Ind. native Patrick Rodgers attended Friday's game wearing a Pacers hat.

Up Next

The Pacers travel to New Orleans to take on Jrue Holiday and the Pelicans on Saturday, Dec. 28 at 7:00 PM ET.


The Pacers return to Bankers Life Fieldhouse to host Joel Embiid and Philadelphia 76ers in a special New Year's Eve game on Tuesday, Dec. 31 at 3:00 PM ET. Find Tickets »

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