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NBA Game Summary - Indiana at Miami



(Wednesday, December 18th)

Final Score: Miami 97, Indiana 94

Miami, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - It was a struggle for the Eastern Conference's top 3-point shooting team, but the Miami Heat kept chucking.

And finally, those shots began to fall.

Ray Allen nailed a go-ahead 3-pointer with 59.5 seconds remaining, Dwyane Wade scored a season-high 32 points and the Heat escaped with a 97-94 win over the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday.

Miami, which came in shooting 38.6 percent from beyond the arc, missed its first nine from deep before connecting on five of its last 12 attempts.

The Heat trailed by as many as 15 in the third quarter, but battled back and consecutive 3s by Chris Bosh and Allen gave Miami its first lead, 95-92, since it was 14-13 during the middle stages of the first quarter.

David West sunk two free throws at the other end to cut the deficit to 95-94 with 44.4 seconds left and Chris Andersen misfired from the right baseline on Miami's next touch, but George Hill threw a pass behind Paul George along the left baseline and LeBron James picked it off with 13.9 ticks on the clock.

Allen then made two free throws and George's step-through 3-pointer from the top of the arc was well off the mark with 4.1 seconds remaining to seal the outcome.

It was the second meeting between the two Eastern Conference heavyweights in just over a week. The Pacers, who lost in seven games to Miami in last year's Eastern Conference finals, beat the Heat 90-84 on their home floor last Tuesday.

The teams don't meet again until March 26.

James was a game-time decision after he hurt his left ankle in Monday's win over the Utah Jazz. He had 24 points, nine rebounds and seven assists for Miami, which closed the game on a 12-2 run.

"He knows his body and he knows his ankle," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said of James. "He looked fine."

The Heat tallied 50 points in the paint as Indiana rim protector Roy Hibbert was saddled with foul trouble. He picked up his fifth foul early in the third.

George finished with 25 points, eight boards and six helpers for the Pacers, who have dropped back-to-back tilts for the first time this season. West poured in 23 points in defeat.

"We knew they were going to make a run," George said. "We just didn't rally."

Lance Stephenson netted nine points in the opening frame as Indiana took a 26-22 lead into the second. That margin increased to 36-24 after Luis Scola capped a 10-2 run with a jumper to start the second.

James then scored six points as Miami countered with nine straight to pull within 36-33 midway through the period, but he picked up his third foul with 4:26 to go and sat for the rest of the half.

The Pacers took advantage as back-to-back buckets by George concluded an 11-4 swing, which gave the visitors a 52-39 lead before they settled for a 52-41 cushion heading into the break.

Hibbert picked up two quick fouls in the beginning stages of third and sat on the bench with his fifth at the 8:34 mark. Indiana, meanwhile, pushed its advantage to 66-51 midway through the quarter after George sunk three free throws.

The Heat clawed back late in the third.

Norris Cole and Rashard Lewis nailed back-to-back triples for Miami's first two makes from deep. James then put in the final five points of the 11-2 flurry, which he capped with a three-point play after he threw down a dunk over West to whittle the Heat deficit to 74-69.

Indiana led 76-71 after three and 92-85 with 3:20 remaining.

Game Notes

The Heat moved within a game of Indiana for the Eastern Conference's top record ... Miami scored 19 points off 16 Pacers turnovers ... Bosh had 15 points and eight rebounds.

12/18 22:47:36 ET

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Standings

2013 - 2014 Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Toronto 48 34 .585 --- 26-15 22-19 32-20 L 1
x-Brooklyn 44 38 .537 4 28-13 16-25 26-26 L 2
New York 37 45 .451 11 19-22 18-23 26-26 W 4
Boston 25 57 .305 23 16-25 9-32 21-31 L 2
Philadelphia 19 63 .232 29 10-31 9-32 14-38 W 2
 
Central W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Indiana 56 26 .683 --- 35-6 21-20 38-14 W 2
x-Chicago 48 34 .585 8 27-14 21-20 35-17 L 1
Cleveland 33 49 .402 23 19-22 14-27 21-31 W 1
Detroit 29 53 .354 27 17-24 12-29 23-29 L 4
Milwaukee 15 67 .183 41 10-31 5-36 12-40 L 3
 
Southeast W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Miami 54 28 .659 --- 32-9 22-19 34-18 L 3
x-Washington 44 38 .537 10 22-19 22-19 33-19 W 4
x-Charlotte 43 39 .524 11 25-16 18-23 30-22 W 3
x-Atlanta 38 44 .463 16 24-17 14-27 28-24 W 1
Orlando 23 59 .280 31 19-22 4-37 17-35 L 4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
2013 - 2014 Western Conference Standings
 
Northwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Oklahoma City 59 23 .720 --- 34-7 25-16 36-16 W 1
x-Portland 54 28 .659 5 31-10 23-18 31-21 W 5
Minnesota 40 42 .488 19 24-17 16-25 23-29 L 3
Denver 36 46 .439 23 22-19 14-27 20-32 L 2
Utah 25 57 .305 34 16-25 9-32 13-39 W 1
 
Pacific W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-LA Clippers 57 25 .695 --- 34-7 23-18 36-16 L 1
x-Golden State 51 31 .622 6 27-14 24-17 31-21 W 2
Phoenix 48 34 .585 9 26-15 22-19 28-24 W 1
Sacramento 28 54 .341 29 17-24 11-30 15-37 L 1
LA Lakers 27 55 .329 30 14-27 13-28 15-37 W 2
 
Southwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-San Antonio 62 20 .756 --- 32-9 30-11 38-14 L 2
x-Houston 54 28 .659 8 33-8 21-20 31-21 L 1
x-Memphis 50 32 .610 12 27-14 23-18 29-23 W 5
x-Dallas 49 33 .598 13 26-15 23-18 29-23 L 1
New Orleans 34 48 .415 28 22-19 12-29 15-37 W 2
 
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y= clinched division title
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Scoreboard
Local
Final
NOR 6
DUR 3
 
Final
MIA 99
CHA 88
 
Final
CLE 6
TOR 4
Final
DET 2
ANA 1
Final
NYM 4
ATL 3
 
Final
MIA 3
SEA 2
14th
PIT 2
MIL 3
 
Final
WAS 3
STL 2
12th
TAM 1
NYY 5
 
Final
KAN 3
MIN 8
9th
CHC 2
CIN 8
 
8th
TEX 2
CWS 9
 
6th
OAK 2
HOU 1
 
6th
LOS 4
ARI 0
 
5th
COL 4
PHI 3
 
6th
SDP 2
SFG 4
 
7:05pm Tonight
BOS
BAL
Final
SAN 90
DAL 85
Final
MIA 99
CHA 88
 
7:00pm Tonight
CHI
WAS
9:30pm Tonight
HOU
POR
Final
NYR 2
PHI 4
Final
BOS 4
DET 1
 
7:00pm Tonight
MON
TAM
10:00pm Tonight
SJS
LOS
Final
NOR 6
DUR 3