NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Friday, October 30th (All times eastern)
Miami Heat (1-0) at Indiana Pacers (0-1), 8 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Indiana Pacers hope to bounce back from a season opening loss by continuing their dominance over the Miami Heat at Conseco Fieldhouse.
The Pacers have topped Miami in Indianapolis 14 straight times and are a gaudy 34-5 all-time vs. the Heat in Indiana. Miami last won in Indianapolis on Dec. 31, 2001, an 89-87 thriller.
"Hopefully (the streak) continues," Indiana forward Danny Granger told the Pacers' Web site.
Atlanta's Al Horford had a dominating night with 24 points and 16 rebounds, helping the Hawks to a 120-109 win over Indiana in the season opener for both teams on Wednesday.
Granger poured in 31 points for the Pacers while free-agent signings Earl Watson and Dahntay Jones added 20 and 17 points, respectively.
Troy Murphy contributed 14 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists, but Indiana committed 25 turnovers, leading to 32 Atlanta points.
"We did not protect the basketball," said Pacers coach Jim O'Brien. "That was the difference in the game. We did not pressure the ball adequately enough."
The Heat, meanwhile, are coming off an impressive debut performance in South Beach against the New York Knicks. Dwyane Wade had 26 points, five rebounds and five assists in that one as Miami used a strong third quarter to rout New York Knicks, 115-93, on Wednesday.
Wade went 10-of-22 from the field for the Heat, who outscored New York, 34-15, in the third frame to take a commanding lead. Former Pacer All-Star Jermaine O'Neal added 22 points and 12 rebounds in the win for Miami, which was ousted in seven games by Atlanta in the first round of last season's playoffs.
Michael Beasley, who had a tumultuous summer battling personal problems, added 21 points, while Daequan Cook had 15. Mario Chalmers contributed 11 points for the Heat.
"It was nice to get everybody involved," said Wade. "Guys had big games, like J.O. (O'Neal), who had one of his best games statistically as a Heat player. Bease (Beasley) was really effective. The guys coming off the bench were doing their job."
10/30 11:18:37 ET