Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 4)

Series starts 11/5

Game 1: Tuesday, November 5th
Game 2: Wednesday, January 15th
Game 3: Monday, January 27th
Game 4: Sunday, April 6th

Pacers 83

(3-1, 1-1 away)

Heat 79

(1-3, 1-2 home)

    7:30 PM ET, November 5, 2002

    AmericanAirlines Arena, Miami, FL

    1 2 3 4 T
    IND 18 23 22 2083
    MIA 21 18 22 1879

    Top Performers

    Indiana: B. Miller 28 Pts, 8 Reb, 2 Ast, 3 Stl, 1 Blk

    Miami: E. Jones 17 Pts, 3 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    Heat have no answer for Pacers inside

    MIAMI (AP) -- Brad Miller scored 28 points and made key plays on both ends of the floor in the final minute Tuesday night to help the Indiana Pacers to an 83-79 win over the Miami Heat.

    With the game tied at 77, Miller lobbed a perfect pass above the rim for Jermaine O'Neal, whose dunk put the Pacers ahead with 50 seconds left. Miller then blocked a shot by Eddie Jones, whose strong play helped Miami rally in the fourth quarter.

    Miller finished out the scoring for the Pacers by hitting a pair of free throws for an 81-77 lead with 22 seconds left, then adding two more for an 83-79 margin with 12.5 seconds left.

    O'Neal scored 22 points and added 13 rebounds as the Pacers, playing without the injured Reggie Miller (ankle), improved to 3-1.

    The Heat lost guard Travis Best to a right ankle sprain in the fourth quarter. Best, playing against his former team, scored 16 points in 32 minutes before landing awkwardly with 10:26 left. Grant finished with 18 rebounds, 13 of them in the first half. Jones had 17 points, and Butler had 14.

    The Pacers snapped a 67-67 tie by reeling off 10 straight points with just under five minutes to play. Jones then hit a 3-pointer, a jumper and another 3-pointer to pull Miami to 77-75, and Brian Grant hit a pair of free throws as the Heat answered with their own 10-0 run to tie the game with 1:50 remaining.

    Miami missed its first nine shots and didn't score until Caron Butler's jumper 4½ minutes into the game. The Heat closed with a 16-6 run to lead 21-18 at the end of the first quarter.

    Game notes

    O'Neal had his third double-double of the season. ... The Pacers have held opponents to 82 points or less in three of their four games. ... The 83 points were a season-low for the Pacers. ... Best isn't holding back his resentment toward his former coach, Isiah Thomas. Best played seven seasons in Indiana before parting ways last February to the Bulls before signing as a free agent with the Heat this summer. "I had to get out of there,'' Best said. "It just wasn't happening for me. Isiah knew it was an important year for me. I thought the way it was gone about wasn't right.'' ......Miami's Caron Butler is third among rookie scorers at 13.7 points per game. ...Heat G Anthony Carter missed his fourth straight game. Carter has been bothered by strep throat and lately by a stiff neck.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 83 79
    FGM-FGA 28-67 (.418) 30-87 (.345)
    3PM-3PA 0-3 (.000) 5-14 (.357)
    FTM-FTA 27-32 (.844) 14-19 (.737)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 8-45 16-44
    Assists 13 10
    Turnovers 16 11
    Steals 8 4
    Blocks 8 4
    Fast Break Points 3 2
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 25 (0/0) 23 (0/0)

    Top Performers

    Brad Miller Miller
    Points: 28
    Reb: 8
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 3
    Blk: 1
    Eddie Jones Jones
    Points: 17
    Reb: 3
    Ast: 1
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 1