The Indiana Pacers led for the majority of the game, but they eventually fell to the Miami Heat after poor free shooting cost them the game. Dwyane Wade hit a shot to force overtime, and Paul George failed to hit a game-tying three pointer at the end of the game. The Pacers were without George Hill, who was out from the game with food poisoning. Indiana led by as many as 18 in the third, but the Heat ultimately fought back and hit several clutch shots to steal the win in Miami.
In the first quarter, Dwyane Wade picked up two early fouls. Surprisingly, Erik Spoelstra elected to keep him in the game. The Pacers were up ten after the first, but the Heat responded with a strong second quarter. In the third, the Pacers played great and took a 18 point lead.
In the fourth, however, the Heat shot well and forced the Pacers into some tricky situations. They slowly chipped away at the lead. After Chris Bosh missed a tough turnaround jumper, Rodney Stuckey grabbed the board. He hit the first, giving the Pacers a two point lead. Rodney Stuckey then missed the second free throw with 2.7 seconds left. Dwyane Wade then proceeded to drive to the hoop and send the game to overtime with an easy lefty layup.
The overtime period was back and forth. Both teams scored well, played solid defense, and the Pacers found themselves down three with seconds remaining. At first, Indiana couldn’t get the ball in. They called timeout. Again, Indiana couldn’t get the ball in. They called timeout. Finally, the Pacers get the ball in and Paul George steps back to the corner three point line to tie the game, but he’s off the mark and the Pacers drop their third out of four games.
George Hill missed the game due to food poisoning
C.J. Miles left the game in the first quarter due to injury
Hassan Whiteside missed the game due to injury
Points in the paint – Heat (52) Indiana (30)
The Pacers continue their season with another Florida game when they travel to Orlando to face the Magic. Miami continues play with the Knicks coming to town on Wednesday. The loss drops Indiana to 19-15 on the year.
(19-15, 7-10 away)
(21-13, 15-7 home)
7:30 PM ET, January 4, 2016
AmericanAirlines Arena, Miami, FL
Ind: P. George 32 Pts, 7 Reb, 2 Ast, 2 Stl
Mia: C. Bosh 31 Pts, 11 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk