Pacers top Heat for 13th straight home win
Despite turning the ball over 17 times, and seeing some foul trouble from forward Paul George as well as center Roy Hibbert, the Indiana Pacers had one of their strongest offensive games, nearly finishing with their highest points total in a non-overtime game this season. The Indiana Pacers shot 56 percent from the field and 41 percent from beyond the arc, while also outrebounding the Miami Heat 34-35 on the boards.
The Indiana Pacers made a 13-0 run to comeback from a 23-20 deficit late in the first quarter and gain a solid 33-23 lead early in the second quarter. That point forth, the Indiana Pacers never lost control and only extended to their lead during the rest of the game.
Starting forward David West led the Indiana Pacers with the most points in the game. David West had 30 points on 12-of-5 shooting from the field (including flawless shooting from the free-throw line), while also seven rebounds and five assists in the game. During one stretch, David West even scored 11 straight points.
The Indiana Pacers had four other players’ scoring in double digits Friday night. Paul George and guard Lance Stephenson scored 15 points each, George Hill made eight points and forward Tyler Hansbrough added 11 points off the bench.
The Miami Heat were led by forward LeBron James, scoring 28 points, six rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block on Friday. Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade had 17 points, center Chris Bosh scored 13 and forward Shane Battier contributed 11 points off the bench.
After finishing the first quarter 25-23, the Indiana Pacers extended their margin with strong performances in the second and third quarter. The Indiana Pacer made a late 8-4 run in the second quarter to close the first half on 53-45.
The Indiana Pacers again had an explosive opening to the third quarter, scoring the first six points to bring up the score to 59-45. The Miami Heat went to the free-throw line with guard Mario Chalmers making two shots to close in to Indiana Pacers’ lead of 64-54, with 7:13 minutes remaining in the third quarter. But the David West made two free throws as part of the Indiana Pacers 12-3 run to set up their biggest lead of the game 76-57.
The Miami Heat tried to fight their way back into the game but the Indiana Pacers still led by at least 12 points for the rest of the way. With Friday’s loss to the Indiana Pacers, the Miami Heat have dropped to 1-2 on their current road trip, which ends Sunday night against the Toronto Raptors.