[Miami, FL] After coming off of a close call against the Atlanta Hawks – a game in which the Miami Heat struggled very much throughout – the good guys wanted to make sure that the same didn’t happen against the Indiana Pacers on Sunday.
And there was a lot riding on this one – if the Heat won, they would extend their home winning streak to 12. Unfortunately, the same thing happened against the Pacers except that Indiana actually seemed like the better of the two teams on this occasion.
In the first quarter, the score stayed close. Both teams were going back and forth, scoring at will. But, with around 4 minutes left, the Pacers went on a run and extended their lead to 9. Most of Indiana’s scoring came from Danny Granger and Darren Collison, who combined to score 12 points.
At the end of one, the Pacers were up 26-17.
The Miami Heat made a bit of a comeback in the second quarter, outscoring the Pacers 22-17. Dwyane Wade dominated, giving rise to the Heat’s comeback with his 12 points. At halftime, the Pacers were still up, 43-39.
Miami came out strong after the break, outscoring the Pacers 21-18. LeBron James and Mario Chalmers paired up to score 12 points, with LeBron getting 7 of those. At the end of three, the Pacers were still on top, but only by 1 (61-60). Although the Heat were still down, the best was yet to come.
James was the hero for Miami in the fourth, scoring 11 points and grabbing a couple of rebounds. But James’ heroics weren’t enough as the Miami Heat were still down by four with less than a minute to go.
But James wasn’t done.
Miami Heat legend Dwyane Wade makes a legendary shot
While the Pacers tried to bring the ball up-court, Chris Bosh and Chalmers played great defense which led to a James steal and dunk. One play later, the Pacers missed a shot, which led to an outlet pass to LeBron who made the shot and the foul.
A couple of plays later, the Heat again found themselves down, this time by 3 points. A biog shot was needed and the Heat delivered as Wade drove in and kicked the ball back out to LeBron who sunk a three-pointer to send the game into overtime.
At the end of regulation, the game was tied at 85.
In OT, the Pacers jumped out to an early four-point lead. Wade and James were fouled and made back-to-back trips to the line – but out of the four attempts, only Wade managed a single point leaving the Heat down by 3. A couple of possessions later, the Heat were down by 5 with under 2 minutes remaining.
With 1:44 left, LeBron made a three-pointer to put the Heat within 2. After a turnover by the Pacers, the Heat came back down-court and Bosh drained a shot to tie the game.
When the Pacers got the ball back, Granger missed a 3-pointer and the Heat had the game in their hands with under 23 seconds left. James gave the ball to D-Wade who waited for the clock to hit 3 seconds. He faked a shot, drew heavy contact, but still managed to throw it toward the rim.
But even with the bump, Wade hit the game-winning shot with 0.1 seconds left.
“That’s as good as it gets,” Miami Heat Head Coach Erik Spoelstra said after the game.
The final score was Heat 93, Pacers 91.
The Miami Heat play the Orlando Magic on Tuesday.
By: Michael Tristani II/Sunshine Slate
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