NBA Game Summary - Indiana at Miami
(Saturday, December 15th)
Final Score: Indiana 106, Miami 103
Miami, FL (Sports Network) - Jamaal Tinsley scored 26 points, and Jermaine O'Neal had 24 points and seven rebounds as the Indiana Pacers held off the Miami Heat, 106-103.
Danny Granger scored 16 points, and Kareem Rush added 14 off the bench for the Pacers, who ran their string of alternating wins and losses to nine games.
Udonis Haslem scored 24 points and grabbed seven rebounds for the Heat, who lost their second in a row, and their seventh in nine games. Dwyane Wade also scored 24 points and had nine assists, but also had eight turnovers. Daequan Cook scored 14 points off the bench, and Ricky Davis had 13 points and nine rebounds.
"At the end, they made a run, we held our head, and then we made a run. We won the ballgame by playing good defense at the end," said Tinsley.
The Pacers opened the fourth quarter with six straight points, part of a 17-6 run as Indiana opened up a 10-point lead. O'Neal scored the first six, and Granger, Troy Murphy, and Tinsley all made three-pointers on the run, with the last pushing the Pacers up 95-85 with 6:55 to play.
Miami hung around, though, and trimmed the deficit to 103-99 after two Davis free throws with 1:05 remaining. Mike Dunleavy missed a three at the other end of the floor, and Cook was fouled. He missed the back end, though, and the Heat still trailed 103-100 with under 40 seconds left.
The Heat forced Tinsley into a long three-point try, which rimmed out, but Foster came down with the rebound, and Miami spread the floor. The Heat ran the clock down to 5.8 before Rush dropped in a layup for a 105-100 lead.
Davis quickly drilled a three-pointer at the other end of the floor, making it a two-point game with 3.8 seconds left. Two Tinsley free throws later, the Heat had one last chance, down 106-103 with 3.2 seconds left.
Wade fumbled the ball on the first inbounds play, but the ball bounced off a Pacers player and out of bounds with 1.8 ticks left. This time Wade was able to get a handle on the pass, and got off a fadeaway three from the corner that looked like it had a chance, but the shot was a little too strong, and the miss off the back rim preserved the Pacers win.
"I got a pretty good look. They took the first option away. Then I kept coming and two people went with someone else, so I got a pretty good look at it," said Wade of the last shot.
The Heat scored seven straight midway through the first quarter, taking a 10- point lead. A Dorell Wright alley-oop finished the stretch, and boosted Miami to an early 18-8 lead with 6:40 left. The Pacers pulled to within 27-25 by the end of the first quarter.
Miami took a 55-52 lead into the break, and held a slim 79-78 advantage after three quarters
Wade had eight turnovers for the second game in a row...Miami fell to 2-8 at home, its second worse home start in club history. The Heat lost their first 11 in Miami in their inaugural season, in 1988-89... Haslem's 24 points were a season high.
12/15 23:58:58 ET