The teams' first meeting since last season's Eastern Conference
semifinals was a thriller.
Tinsley, who's averaging 29.7 points over his last three games,
hit an awkward shot over Miami's Keyon Dooling to tie the game with
0.9 seconds left in regulation. Miller opened the overtime scoring
with a 3-pointer, then added another for a 101-96 Indiana lead with
Jermaine O'Neal had 26 points and a game-high 14 rebounds for
Indiana. Miller had 18 points.
Dwyane Wade scored 30 points for Miami, which made 48.1 percent
of its shots from the field -- and 47.2 percent from the foul line,
missing 19 of its 36 attempts from the stripe. Shaquille O'Neal
scored 24 points and Udonis Haslem had 16 points and 11 rebounds
for the Heat.
Miami used a 13-2 run to lead 86-82 with 2:31 left in
regulation, following a six-minute stretch where the Pacers missed
all eight of their shots from the field. But Indiana then scored
five straight points -- four from Tinsley -- to reclaim the lead.
The lead changed hands on the next five possessions, until
Haslem hit one free throw for a 93-91 Miami lead with 12.3 seconds
left, then missed the second -- and Tinsley had just enough time to
Indiana, which benefited from 16 Heat turnovers that led to 21
points, has now won 10 straight regular-season games over Miami.
Plus, the Pacers beat the Heat in six games during the 2004
The Pacers led 47-46 after the first half, one where the Pacers
quickly built a big lead, then rallied.
Tinsley hit his first five shots, part of Indiana's 12-for-16
effort in the game's first 10 minutes that staked the Pacers to a
30-19 edge. Indiana then missed 17 of its next 20 shots, and Miami
responded with a 27-8 run to take a 46-38 lead on a Shaquille
O'Neal three-point play with 2:44 left before halftime.
Wade had six points in a 10-0 spurt that opened the burst, and
Miami retook the lead for the first time since the opening
possession when Rasual Butler hit consecutive 3-pointers for a
41-35 edge with 4:02 left.
And then, momentum suddenly turned again. Indiana closed the
half on a 9-0 run, aided by a major blunder from Damon Jones
shortly before intermission.
Wade stole a pass from Tinsley and tossed the ball upcourt to
Damon Jones, who -- instead of simply taking the uncontested layup --
lobbed the ball off the backboard, an effort to set Wade up for a
But Indiana's Fred Jones broke up the play, then came downcourt
and hit a 3-pointer with 55 seconds left putting the Pacers on top
and prompting Heat coach Stan Van Gundy to angrily slam a towel on
The game featured four of the league's six players with the
surname Jones (Indiana's James and Fred, Miami's Eddie and Damon),
plus both of the NBA's O'Neal's. ... Indiana F Austin Croshere
(stomach flu) missed the game. ... Immediately before tip-off, many
of the Pacers -- including all five starters -- trotted to Miami's
bench and hugged Heat assistant Ron Rothstein, who was on Indiana's
staff last season. ... Shaquille O'Neal received the NBA's
Community Assist award for December from Hall of Famer Bob Lanier
in a brief halftime ceremony. ... Among those in the crowd: Colts
running back Edgerrin James, Marlins third baseman Mike Lowell and
filmmaker Spike Lee, plus former Heat players Rony Seikaly and Tim
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