NBA Game Summary - Miami at Indiana
(Wednesday, February 23rd)
Final Score: Indiana 93, Miami 91 (OT)
Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) - Jermaine O'Neal's basket with 11 seconds left in overtime lifted the Indiana Pacers to a 93-91 victory over the Shaquille O'Neal-less Miami Heat at Conseco Fieldhouse.
O'Neal ended with 29 points, 14 rebounds and five blocked shots for the Pacers, who have won four straight and seven of their last nine games. Reggie Miller netted 23 points in the win, while Stephen Jackson chipped in 13 points and 10 boards.
Dwyane Wade picked up the load for the Heat, as he posted a game-high 38 points to go along with his eight assists. Damon Jones registered 17 points and Udonis Haslem added 11 points and 18 rebounds for Miami, which has dropped two straight after winning its previous seven tilts.
Miami's O'Neal, the team's All-Star center, was sidelined with a strained left knee suffered in an overtime loss at Chicago on Tuesday. O'Neal sustained the injury in the first quarter when he landed on Bulls forward Othella Harrington and the mammoth center never returned. X-rays performed were negative, but O'Neal is scheduled to undergo an MRI on Thursday.
"It was a tough game, tough loss. Our defense was great," said Heat coach Stan Van Gundy.
The teams were locked at 87-87 heading into overtime and neither squad was able to score until O'Neal's basket put Indiana ahead with 2:47 left in the extra session. Miami went ahead briefly after Wade hit a pair of free throws with 1:23 left, but O'Neal grabbed a rebound and dropped in a layup to even the game at 91-91 with 57.6 seconds remaining. Wade missed a jumper from the baseline at the other end to give Indiana the chance to win it.
The Pacers would do just that, as O'Neal hit a turnaround jumper from the baseline with just 11 ticks left. Wade opted for the win at the other end, but his three-point attempt missed at the buzzer.
"We wanted to get the ball to Jermaine," said Pacers coach Rick Carlisle. "It was a great shot on a really tough possession."
The Pacers held a 66-63 advantage after 36 minutes and were able to expand that cushion to 75-68 just over three minutes into the final quarter. However, Miami quickly closed the gap and eventually would be able to force overtime.
Wade drilled a 20-foot jumper to even the score at 83-83 with 1:23 left, but Jackson's bucket with 1:01 remaining put Indiana back in front. Haslem hit a pair of free throws for the Heat with 45 seconds left to make it 85-85, but O'Neal answered with two from the line with 32.4 seconds remaining. Damon Jones would tie the score at 87-87 with his running jumper in the lane with 17.6 seconds left.
Indiana had a chance to end the game in regulation, but O'Neal's jumper from 19 feet missed badly as the buzzer sounded.
The Heat scored the first seven points of the game, but Indiana responded with a 15-4 burst to grab a four-point edge with just under five minutes left in the opening quarter. The Pacers would head into the second period holding a 27-21 cushion.
The Pacers continued to pour it on in the second quarter, pushing their lead to 42-28 on O'Neal's baseline jumper with 5:28 left. Miami wouldn't let it get out of hand, however, as it closed the gap to 47-41 by halftime.
Miami started the third quarter with a 13-2 run to grab a 54-49 edge, but Indiana recovered and took a 66-63 lead into the final 12 minutes.
The Pacers have won 11 straight over Miami...Eddie Jones had 11 points and nine rebounds for the Heat...Indiana made 21- of-24 free throws (88 percent), while the Heat connected on 24-of-31 (77 percent) from the charity stripe...Pacers guard Jamaal Tinsley and center Jeff Foster left the game with injuries. Tinsley missed the fourth quarter with an ankle injury, while Foster sat out the entire second half with back spasms.
02/23 22:48:47 ET