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NBA Game Summary - Miami at Indiana



(Wednesday, November 9th)

Final Score: Indiana 95, Miami 90

Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) - Ron Artest scored 24 points, including four crucial points down the stretch, as the Indiana Pacers defeated the Miami Heat, 95-90, at Conseco Fieldhouse.

Jermaine O'Neal scored 17 points, 13 coming in the second half, and grabbed eight rebounds, and Stephen Jackson contributed 14 points in the victory.

The Pacers, who improved to 3-1 on the season, shot 43 percent from the floor and had 26 bench points.

Dwyane Wade scored 29 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and dished out six assists, but committed 10 of Miami's 21 turnovers in the loss. Udonis Haslem had a double-double of 19 points and 11 rebounds, and Alonzo Mourning added eight points and seven blocks for the Heat.

Miami, which is 1-2 without Shaquille O'Neal, shot 46 percent from the floor and outrebounded the Pacers 47-40, but was only 3-of-11 from behind the arc.

Indiana defeated Miami 105-102 at AmericanAirlines Arena last Thursday, and has now won 14 of the last 15 meetings.

The final three minutes had a playoff feel, with each team's execution and defensive intensity raised to the next level.

A Haslem jumper from the right elbow tied the game at 86-86 with 2:54 remaining. Artest had an answer, off a timeout, driving from the foul line to the left block and making a left-handed layup to give Indiana an 88-86 lead.

Wade tied the score almost immediately, elevating and hitting a 20-foot jumper near the top of the key with 2:16 left.

After a Freddie Jones free throw, on which Mourning fouled out, Wade came off a screen and hit a jumper from the left wing to give Miami a 90-89 lead.

Artest hit two free throws, then the unlikeliest of scorers -- Sarunas Jasikevicius -- hit a running jumper in the middle of the lane to extend the lead to 93-90 with 14 seconds remaining.

Miami took a timeout, and a triple curl set up for Wade allowed him to penetrate into the lane. He kicked it out to an open Antoine Walker, who hit the back of the rim. Jackson made two free throws with one second left to ice the game.

"Miami is still a tough team without Shaq, and Wade proved that," said Jackson. "We had to grind it out in the end to get the win. It's big for us because we know they will be there in the end. Having home court advantage really helps us out."

The Heat led 29-27 after one, behind 11 from Wade and seven points from rookie Wayne Simien. Indiana opened a nine-point lead, 45-36, in the second quarter with contributions from Jasikevicius and Scot Pollard off the bench.

Miami finished the half on an 18-7 run led by Haslem, who tallied six points and four rebounds during the spurt, to take a 54-52 edge at the break.

The hot shooting for the Heat extended into the third quarter, as Miami opened the second half on a 17-7 run. The Pacers collected themselves and ran off 17 straight points, before Walker hit a free throw with 15 seconds left in the quarter.

After the hot start to the quarter, Miami went the final 7:33 without a field goal. It righted the ship in the fourth, setting up the tight finish.

"We moved the ball well tonight. I think we probably didn't swing it, maybe eight times or so. It just looks like you're not moving the ball when you are missing shots," said Wade.

Game Notes

Miami is 1-2 on the road this season...Haslem was three points off his career high...Miami is 5-28 at Indiana...Miami's only win this season without O'Neal was a 90-89 last-second victory over the New Jersey Nets...Indiana scored 29 points off Miami's turnovers...Wade recorded his third double-double of the season.

11/10 00:23:43 ET

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