Heat Beat Pacers In Indiana For First Time Since 2012
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INDIANAPOLIS – It had been nearly 6 years since the Miami Heat last won a regular season game in Indiana.
To end that streak, the Pacers had to have their worst three-point shooting performance in over a year.
Indiana hit just 1-of-18 from three on Wednesday night, with Miami holding on for a 114-106 lead over the Pacers.
Playing short-handed, and coming off a back-to-back in Toronto, the Heat (24-17) won their 6th straight game by getting off to a torrid start.
The Heat scored 38 points in the first quarter and used a balance attack of 8 players, all logging at least 20 minutes, 7 of which scored in double figures.
Nate McMillan wanted his bunch to be the aggressor on Wednesday night, but the Pacers could not take advantage of a winded Heat team.
With Myles Turner sidelined (a right elbow injury will keep Turner out for at least 2 games), the Pacers still controlled the paint.
But a 32-point advantage in the paint, could not overcome being outscored 39-3 from behind the arc.
The NBA’s second best three-point shooting team didn’t connect on a three pointer until the final minute of the 3rd quarter.
Hitting just one three-point field goal marked the fewest makes for the Pacers since November 2016.
McMillan felt like the Pacers did not get many clean looks from long distance, hence the reason for finishing the night with 13 assists, which tied a season-low.
Wednesday’s loss has the Pacers sitting with a 21-20 record at the midway point of the season.
They are currently the 8th seed in the Eastern Conference playoff picture. Indiana’s pace for 42 wins this year is far exceeding preseason expectations.
What’s Next: The Pacers will take on Cleveland this Friday to wrap up their four-game homestand. Next up is a trip west for their longest western swing of the season. The five-game trip will look like this: Suns (Sunday), Jazz (Monday), Trailblazers (Thursday), Lakers (Friday) and Spurs (next Sunday).