Despite facing a short-handed Miami Heat team, the Pacers fell to the Heat at home on Wednesday night 114-106. There was a great effort from Indiana led by Victor Oladipo who tried to rally but fell just short in the moments that mattered most.
Oladipo not only led the Pacers in scoring with 26, he led all scorers. Victor shot the ball 9-20 from the field and a very solid 8-11 from the charity stripe. In addition, Oladipo racked up 7 rebounds, 4 assists, and 3 steals in 38 minutes. Domantas Sabonis added a solid 18 points and 7 boards while Bojan Bogdanovic had 15 points and 6 rebounds. Lance Stephenson chipped in 15 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists while Thaddeus Young finished with 12 points and 9 rebounds.
The Pacers opened to a bit of a rocky start, down 38-26 after one quarter and 58-47 at the break. Indiana’s second-half comeback attempt would take place starting in the third quarter where they outscored Miami 31-26. The great comeback attempt would really mold to perfection with 5:09 left in the game when Lance Stephenson hit a step back jumper tying the game at 97-97. Miami took charge closing out the game on a 17-9 run, outscoring Indiana 30-28 in the fourth quarter. Despite the unfortunate ending, Indiana’s patience and effort were incredible.
Points: Pacers 106, Heat 114
FG%: Pacers 43-86 (50.0%), Heat 43-81 (43.1%)
3P%: Pacers 1-18 (5.6%), Heat 13-30 (43.3%)
FT%: Pacers 19-29 (65.5%), Heat 15-21 (71.4%)
Rebounds: Pacers 44, Heat 37
Assists: Pacers 13, Heat 25
Steals: Pacers 7, Heat 6
Blocks: Pacers 3, Heat 6
It was obviously disappointing to see the Pacers lose when they had a tie game with five minutes left in the fourth quarter. Based on the statistical breakdown of the two teams above, Indiana really didn’t position themselves well to win. The shooting from the field, free throw percentage, rebounds, and steals were the areas that went well. Three-point shooting, ball movement, and blocks could have been better for Indiana which could have resulted in a better situation to win.
Season Record, Central Divison Standings, Eastern Conference Standings
Indiana falls to 21-20 on the season and 13-10 at home. The Pacers are fourth in the Central Divison ahead of the Bulls who are 15-27. In the Eastern Conference, the Pacers right now are the 8th team ahead of Philadelphia who is 19-19. Wednesday night’s game marked the 41st of the season for Indiana, which means we are officially halfway into the season.
Pacers will host Cleveland on Friday at 7:00 PM Eastern to close out the homestand before a long road trip.
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