Miami Heat 93, Indiana Pacers 91, Final, OT

Dwyane Wade is keeping Miami in the game with 22 first half points. Indiana has been reliant on their long distance shot, going six-of-nine from beyond the arc.

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Miami Heat 93, Indiana Pacers 91, Final, OT

It took bonus basketball, but Miami extended their home win streak to 12 against the Indiana Pacers tonight.

After scoring 22 in the first half, Dwyane Wade was held to three in the second before sinking an off balance 21 footer with 0.1 seconds left in overtime for the win. Miami had trailed by five, 91-86 with two minutes to play in the extra frame before reeling off seven unanswered points for the victory.

Indiana had led by as many as 14 points in the first half before Miami slowly made a game out of it, despite turning the ball over 20 times and only hitting three-of-13 three-point shots. LeBron James was held to six points in the first half before finishing with 27, including five in a crucial 19-second span with less than a minute to play in regulation. He also grabbed eight rebounds along with four assists and four steals.

Udonis Haslem pitched in with 11 boards, while Chris Bosh supplimented Miami’s scoring with 13 points.

Danny Granger led the Pacers with 19 points and seven rebounds in the loss. David West scored 15 with 10 rebounds in suppport.

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Indiana Pacers 61, Miami Heat 60, End 3rd Quarter

The Pacers cling to the slimmest margin headed into the fourth quarter against the high powered Heat.

After allowing Dwyane Wade to score 22 points in the first half, the Pacers held him scoreless in the third, going zero-for-two from the field. LeBron James has scored 13 in the matchup, including nine in the third.

Danny Granger leads the Pacers with 13 points and five rebounds, Paul George has 12 points with three assists, and Darren Collison has 10 with four dimes.

Mike Miller left midway through the second period after coming down hard on his ankle. He immediately limped to the locker room on one foot. Miller had missed the first several weeks of the season due to an ankle injury.

Indiana leads in due part to their pinpoint three-point shooting, hitting six-of-12 to only one-of-nine for the Heat.

Miami has turned the ball over 15 times through three quarters to only nine for the Pacers.

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Indiana Pacers 43, Miami Heat 39, Halftime

The only thing keeping Miami in this game is 22 first half points courtesy of Dwyane Wade. Wade shot eight-of-11 from the field. LeBron James quietly scored six with four rebounds.

Turnovers were Miami’s undoing in the first half, as the Heat coughed it up a total of nine times to only six for Indiana, including four in the first four minutes of the second quarter.

Miami didn’t score until Udonis Haslem put home a Norris Cole miss with 8:30 left in the half. Haslem took to the locker room with six rebounds in just under ten minutes of play. Indiana led by as many as 14 in the quarter, hitting six-of-nine from behind the arc.

Miami closed the gap to six with an eight point run halfway through the second quarter.

Mike Miller hobbled to the locker room with five minutes left in the half after landing awkwardly on his right ankle. Miller missed the first month of the season with an ankle injury.

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Indiana Pacers 26, Miami Heat 17, End 1st

Dwyane Wade started out hot, hitting his first four attempts on his way to 10 first quarter points, but Indiana leads after one after all five starters got on the scoresheet in a balanced attack in South Beach.

Indiana leads after one mostly due to sharp three point shooting, hitting three-of-five in the first 12 minutes to a zero-for-four performance from Miami.

Paul George and Darren Collison each have seven to lead the Pacers attack. LeBron James and Chris Bosh have each been held to only two points on a combined two-of-nine effort as Miami looks to climb back into things in the second quarter. Dexter Pittman was the only other Miami player to get on the scoreboard, with three.

Recent history is on Miami’s side, the Heat have won both meetings this season against the Pacers, most recently on the tired end of a back-to-back-to-back effort this past Valentine’s day, 105-90. The Pacers lead the all-time series, 50 wins to 36 for the Heat.

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Indiana Pacers Visit Miami Heat: Injury Report And Starting Lineup

<strong>Miami Heat:</strong>

<strong>Injuries:</strong>
No significant injuries reported.

<strong>Starting Lineup:</strong> (PPG, RPG, APG, SPG, BPG)

Point guard – Mario Chalmers (10.8, 2.6, 3.5, 1.4, 0.1)

Shooting guard – Dwyane Wade (22.4, 4.4, 4.9, 1.7, 1.3)

Small forward – LeBron James (27.7, 8.4, 6.7, 1.8, 0.8)

Power forward – Chris Bosh (18.5, 8.1, 1.9, 0.9, 0.8)

Center – Joel Anthony (3.3, 4.2, 0.1, 0.5, 1.2)

<strong>Key off the bench:</strong>
After the Heat defeated the Atlanta Hawks earlier this week without the benefit of a single three point shot, look for the offense to open up a little. With a bench full of long-distance threats such as Mike Miller, James Jones, and Shane Battier, not to mention starting point guard Mario Chalmers, look for Miami to open things up a little late in the first half.

<strong>Indiana Pacers:</strong>

<strong>Injuries:</strong>
Center Jeff Foster is out for at least a week after having a procedure on his back.

<strong>Starting Lineup:</strong>

Point guard - Darren Collison (11.0, 3.4, 5.1, 0.8, 0.3)

Shooting guard - Paul George (12.2, 5.4, 2.3, 1.6, 0.7)

Small forward - Danny Granger (18.1, 4.4, 1,8. 1.3, 0.7)

Power forward - David West (12.6, 6.9, 2.2, 0.8, 0.8)

Center - Roy Hibbert (13.5, 9.5, 1.7, 0.4, 1.8)

<strong>Key off the bench:</strong>
George Hill has averaged nine points, three rebounds and two assists in just over one half per game off the bench.

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Indiana Pacers Visit Miami Heat: Facts And Figures

Common Thread:
Neither team has any players that has played for their opponent tonight.

Heat Milestones:
Joel Anthony will tie P.J. Brown in 13th all-time tonight with his 284th game played.

Four steals will move LeBron James past Jason Williams into 20th, with 195.

One assist for Mario Chalmers will move him into the Heat’s all-time top 10, passing Steve Smith with 961.

Chris Bosh needs seven free throws to pass Jamal Mashburn into 17th with 534. He needs nine rebounds to pass Mashburn into the franchise top 20 with 943.

With his next three pointer, James Jones will pass James Posey into 13th all-time with 215.

Pacers Milestones:

With six steals, Jeff Foster will move into eighth all-time with 513, passing Derrick McKey.

Heat Leaders:

Heat:
PPG:
LeBron James – 27.7
Dwyane Wade – 22.4
Chris Bosh – 18.2

RPG:
LeBron James – 8.4
Chris Bosh – 8.1
Udonis Haslem – 7.8

APG:
LeBron James – 6.7
Dwyane Wade – 4.9
Mario Chalmers – 3.5

SPG:
LeBron James – 1.8
Dwyane Wade – 1.7
Mario Chalmers – 1.4

BPG:
Dwyane Wade – 1.3
Joel Anthony – 1.2

Pacers Leaders:
PPG:
Danny Granger – 18.1
Roy Hibbert – 13.1
David West – 12.6

RPG:

Roy Hibbert – 9.5
David West – 6.9
Paul George – 5.4

APG:
Darren Collison – 5.1
Paul George – 2.3
David West – 2.2

SPG:
Paul George – 1.6
Danny Granger – 1.3
George Hill – 1.1

BPG:
Roy Hibbert – 1.8
David West – 0.8
Louis Amundson – 0.8

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Indiana Pacers Visit Miami Heat: Game 40 Preview

The Heat try to keep pace with the Bulls and the Thunder, while the Pacers try to keep the Heat on Miami, tonight at the AA Arena.

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