Pacers top Heat 95-88, end 4-game winless streak

ABS-CBN Sports on Feb 03, 2019 11:41 AM
Pacers top Heat 95-88, end 4-game winless streak
Indiana Pacers forward Thaddeus Young dunks against the Miami Heat in the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019, in Miami. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

By Tim Reynolds, Associated Press

MIAMI (AP) — Bojan Bogdanovic scored 31 points, Darren Collison added 20 and the Indiana Pacers had a big third quarter to beat the stumbling Miami Heat 95-88 on Saturday night (Sunday, PHL time).

Indiana ended a season-long four-game losing streak, which started in the game immediately following the one where All-Star Victor Oladipo left with a season-ending knee injury. The Pacers feasted on Miami turnovers, turning 24 of them into 31 points — while seeing their 14 giveaways become only seven Heat points.

Myles Turner scored 14 points and Thaddeus Young added 11 for the Pacers. They swept the season-series with the Heat 3-0.

Dwyane Wade scored 21 points for Miami, which dropped its third straight game overall and fourth in a row at home. Hassan Whiteside added 19 points and 14 rebounds, and Josh Richardson and Kelly Olynyk each scored 14 points.

Miami led 54-53 at the half, but Indiana quickly took control from there.

Indiana scored the first 10 points of the second half, needing only 1:59 to do so, turning a one-point deficit at intermission into a quick nine-point lead. The Pacers eventually led by 18 in the third, before the Heat found a way to claw back into things.

A 13-2 run over the final 2:31 of the third — started by a three-pointer from Wade, and ended by another three-pointer from Wade — gave Miami new life, and cut Indiana's lead to 84-77. The Heat scored five points in five seconds to end that spurt, with Whiteside making a layup while getting fouled, missing the free throw, Miami corralling the rebound and Wade making a triple.

But the Heat never got closer than five again, and fell to 2-13 this season when scoring less than 100 points.


Pacers: Indiana took 17 of the game's first 25 shots, largely because Miami committed seven of the game's first eight turnovers. ... Tyreke Evans returned after missing the last three games with lower back soreness. He was 0-for-7 in 16 minutes. ... The Pacers led for 29 minutes on Saturday (Sunday, PHL time), after leading for 17 minutes in their last four games combined.

Heat: The Heat fell to 17-3 in games where they allow 101 points or less. ... Miami played its third home game in four nights and lost them all. The Heat aren't back home until Feb. 23 (Feb. 24, PHL time), and play their next six on the road — four of them against teams that are likely playoff locks. ... The Heat shot 9-for-30 from three-point range. ... Starters Tyler Johnson and James Johnson were a combined 2-for-9 for five points in 34 minutes.


Neither team scored in the first three minutes of the fourth quarter. Justise Winslow took a pass from Wade for a layup with 8:54 left, the first points by either side in the final period. Indiana went nearly five minutes in the fourth before scoring.


Miami wrapped up the 21st home-home back-to-back in franchise history — and the Heat have gone 21-21 in those games.


Pacers: At New Orleans on Monday night (Tuesday, PHL time).

Heat: At Portland on Tuesday night (Wednesday, PHL time).

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