Pacers vs Heat (Game 2)

GAME RECAP: Heat 109, Pacers 100

Duncan Robinson scores a career playoff-high 24 points (including 7-8 from three-point land) as the Heat take a 2-0 series lead over the Pacers.

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GAME RECAP: Heat 109, Pacers 100

Duncan Robinson scores a career playoff-high 24 points (including 7-8 from three-point land) as the Heat take a 2-0 series lead over the Pacers.
Aug 19, 2020  |  00:02

Postgame: Pacers Locker Room - Aug. 20, 2020

Aug. 20, 2020 - After the 109-100 loss to the Miami Heat in Game 2, Nate McMillan, Myles Turner, and Victor Oladipo answered questions from the media.
Aug 20, 2020  |  02:17

McDermott Hits the Strong Layup

August 20, 2020: Doug McDermott curls around the screen and gets all the way to the rim for the strong finish.
Aug 20, 2020  |  00:07

Turner's Block Starts the Fastbreak

August 20, 2020: Myles Turner blocks the shot and Malcolm Brogdon pushes it up to T.J. Warren for the layup.
Aug 20, 2020  |  00:08

Vic Finds Aaron for Three

August 20, 2020: Victor Oladipo spins into the lane and finds Aaron Holiday for the 3-pointer.
Aug 20, 2020  |  00:08

Holiday With the Nice Move and Layup

August 20, 2020: Aaron Holiday crosses up the defender and finishes at the rim.
Aug 20, 2020  |  00:06

Warren Finds Turner on the Break

August 20, 2020: T.J. Warren gets out on the break and passes it back to Myles Turner for the strong layup.
Aug 20, 2020  |  00:08

Sampson Slams it Home

August 20, 2020: T.J. McConnell gets in the lane and dumps it off to JaKarr Sampson for the dunk.
Aug 20, 2020  |  00:10

Vic Hands it off to Warren

August 20, 2020: Victor Oladipo comes up with the steal, runs the floor and shovels the quick pass to T.J. Warren for the layup.
Aug 20, 2020  |  00:09

Oladipo Pushes it to Brogdon for Three

August 20, 2020: The Pacers get the steal and Victor Oladipo pushes the ball up to Malcolm Brogdon for the 3-pointer.
Aug 20, 2020  |  00:11

Oladipo Pushes it to Brogdon for Three

August 20, 2020: The Pacers get the steal and Victor Oladipo pushes the ball up to Malcolm Brogdon for the 3-pointer.
Aug 20, 2020  |  00:11

Game Rewind: Pacers 100, Heat 109 (Game 2)

Thursday, August 20, 2020 at 1:00 PM ET at The Field House
by Wheat Hotchkiss
Pacers.com Writer/Editor
@Wheat_Hotchkiss

Game Recap

Just like they did in Game 1, the Miami Heat used a strong second half to pull away from the Pacers for a 109-100 victory in Game 2 on Thursday afternoon in Orlando.

With the win, the Heat now have a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series, meaning Indiana must win four of five games to advance to the second round of the playoffs for the first time since 2014.

Miami went 18-for-35 from 3-point range in the victory. Sharpshooter Duncan Robinson went 7-for-8 from beyond the arc on his way to a game-high 24 points. Goran Dragic added 20 points and six assists, while Jimmy Butler chipped in 18 points, seven rebounds, six assists, and two steals for the Heat.

After exiting in the first quarter of Game 1 after being poked in the eye, Victor Oladipo was back on the floor in Game 2 and finished with a team-high 22 points for Indiana in the loss, going 4-for-11 from 3-point range and 8-for-8 from the free throw line.

Myles Turner added 17 points on 7-of-8 shooting, eight rebounds, and five blocks for the Blue & Gold.

"At the end of the day, we can't get discouraged," Oladipo said. "I think as the series goes on, we'll figure it out. But we've just got to continue to be aggressive."

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Robinson hit his first three 3-point attempts in the first 1:15 of Game 2, helping the Heat race out to a 12-3 lead.

The Pacers stormed back, however. Malcolm Brogdon scored seven points as Indiana strung together a 14-4 run to take the lead. Miami moved back in front on Tyler Herro's 3-pointer, but Oladipo buried a three from the right corner at the four-minute mark to give the Blue & Gold a lead they would not relinquish for the rest of the quarter.

Oladipo finished with eight points in the opening frame as the Pacers took a 24-22 lead into the second quarter.

The Heat tied the game on four separate occasions in the second quarter before retaking the lead on Kelly Olynyk's 3-pointer with 6:27 remaining in the first half. The two teams traded the lead four times before Robinson scored six straight.

Turner's 3-pointer with 2:05 left in the half — three of eight points from the Pacers' center in the frame — tied the game once again at 44. But Butler scored the next seven points. Oladipo drew a foul and made both free throws on the other end, but the Heat still took a 51-46 advantage into the break.

The Heat came out red hot to start the second half. Miami hit its first eight attempts to open the third quarter, as Dragic scored eight points, Robinson hit two more 3-pointers, and Jae Crowder added a three and a layup.

"When you come out of halftime and the opposing team knocks down a few threes, that can be deflating," Brogdon said. "That put us in a hole that we were working to get back from the entire half."

The Heat pushed their lead to 16 points before Indiana mounted a charge, reeling off seven unanswered points to get back within single digits. But that would be as close as they would get, as Robinson and Herro each hit another three down the stretch to help Miami take an 88-77 lead into the fourth quarter.

Indiana's second unit opened the final frame and chipped four quick points off of the deficit, but the Heat built their lead back up, with Butler's 3-pointer with 8:39 to play pushing the margin to 96-84.

Just like he did in the fourth quarter of Game 1, Dragic took over down the stretch, scoring five points and dishing out an assist to stave off any threat of a comeback for much of the final frame. His dish to Bam Adebayo for a dunk pushed the Heat's lead to 14 with under five minutes to play and the Blue & Gold never seriously threatened the rest of the way.

"I thought we settled for long, contested shots," Pacers head coach Nate McMillan said. "We didn't do enough drive-and-kick, attacking the paint, forcing their defense to collapse. We pretty much settled on the perimeter."

All five starters scored in double figures for Indiana in the loss. Brogdon finished with 17 points, five rebounds, and nine assists, Warren had 14 points and six rebounds, while Aaron Holiday contributed 12 points and five assists.

Herro was the only reserve from either team to reach double figures, tallying 14 points despite going 4-for-14 from the field. Crowder added 10 points and eight boards for Miami.

The Pacers will look to bounce back on Saturday afternoon in Game 3, which is scheduled for 3:30 PM ET. Miami will be the designated home team for Games 3 and 4, though that distinction takes on less importance with all postseason games taking place inside the NBA bubble.

"I think we're ready for Game 3," Brogdon said. "This series is far from over. We've just got to focus on getting our first win. Just get one win and then go from there."

Inside the Numbers

Turner's five blocks matched his career high. The last time he had five blocks in the postseason was in his playoff debut as a rookie on April 16, 2016, when Turner swatted five shots in a Game 1 in Toronto.

Brogdon and Warren, Indiana's two leading scorers in Game 1 with 22 points apiece, combined for 31 points in Game 2 but struggled with their shots in different respects. Brogdon was 4-for-14 from the field, although he did go 7-for-9 from the free throw line. Warren was 7-for-10 from inside the 3-point arc, but 0-for-5 from long distance and did not attempt a free throw.

After scoring 21 of his 24 points in the second half of Game 1, Dragic scored 16 of his 20 points on Thursday in the final two quarters.

Both teams committed 17 turnovers. The Pacers scored 22 points off Miami's mistakes, while the Heat scored 17 points off Indiana's giveaways.

Robinson's seven 3-pointers were not a new feat for him. He hit seven or more treys in five games for Miami during the regular season and finished the year with a .446 3-point percentage.

You Can Quote Me On That

"He was able to knock down that first three and just stayed hot all night. He got loose a few times, I think a few times it was on offensive rebounds and kick-outs, broken plays...We know that he's an elite shooter. He made us pay each time he had an open look." -McMillan on Robinson's performance

"I just know I have to step up for this team if we have any chance of winning...Last game, I kind of feel like I was playing kind of tentative and not very confident." -Turner on his strong showing in Game 2

"I've got to adjust to light, obviously. Getting poked like that, it's going to take a couple days for it to be completely healed, but it's getting better." -Oladipo on his eye injury

"They got hot. It happens. As a whole, they shot the three very well for the game. They shot over 50 percent. It's kind of a pick-your-poison type of thing." -Turner on the third quarter

"We've got to do a better job of taking care of the ball overall, me included." -Oladipo

Stat of the Game

The Heat attempted just one more 3-pointer than Indiana, but still outscored the Pacers by 18 points from beyond the arc. Miami went 18-for-35 (51.4 percent) from distance, while Indiana was 12-for-34 (35.3 percent).

Noteworthy

  • Pacers forward Alize Johnson was the only player from either team to appear in Game 2 that did not play in Game 1. Johnson checked in for the final 11.7 seconds of the first half for a defensive possession.
  • Butler had gone just 1-for-10 from 3-point range over his final 17 regular season games, but has seemingly rediscovered his outside shot against Indiana, going 4-for-5 from deep over the first two games of the series.
  • The Pacers have now dropped seven straight playoff games. They were swept a year ago by Boston and were eliminated in Game 7 by Cleveland in 2018.

Next Up

The Pacers and Heat will meet again for Game 3 on Saturday at 3:30 PM ET at AdventHealth Arena. Saturday's game will be televised locally on FOX Sports Indiana and nationally on TNT.





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