Final / OT

Regular Season Series (Game 3 of 4)

Series starts 1/21

Game 1: Friday, January 21st
Game 2: Wednesday, February 23rd
Game 3: Thursday, March 31st
Game 4: Sunday, April 17th

Heat 108

(54-19, 22-14 away)

Pacers 114

(37-34, 21-14 home)

8:00 PM ET, March 31, 2005

Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN

1 2 3 4 OT T
MIA 29 18 28 19 14108
IND 23 23 30 18 20114

Top Performers

Mia: D. Wade 37 Pts, 9 Reb, 6 Ast, 4 Stl

Ind: R. Miller 31 Pts, 3 Reb, 4 Ast

Miami drops 12th in a row to Pacers

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Stephen Jackson was having an awful night, missing 10 consecutive shots at one point, before everything took a sharp turn for the better.

Jackson forced overtime by making a 3-pointer with 0.2 seconds left, then put the Pacers ahead for good on another 3 with 1:54 remaining to lead Indiana to a 114-108 victory over the Miami Heat on Thursday night.

"I get down on myself a lot, but my team constantly tells me, 'You have one more big one in you?" Jackson said.

It was the third straight overtime game between the teams, and Indiana extended its winning streak over the Heat to 12 in a row.

Jackson finished with 29 points, while Reggie Miller had 31.

Miller shot 11-for-18 from the field and made all eight of his free throws for Indiana, which defeated the Heat 106-100 in Miami on Jan. 21 and 93-91 at home Feb. 23.

For Miami, Dwyane Wade scored 37 points, Damon Jones had 27 and Shaquille O'Neal 24. O'Neal, who grabbed 13 rebounds, did not score in overtime after tallying 10 points in the fourth quarter.

Indiana trailed 92-86 with 1:43 remaining, but Anthony Johnson hit a jumper from the free-throw line and a 3-pointer to cut the lead to 92-91 with 29 seconds left.

Wade, who scored the Heat's last six points of regulation, made a shot to give Miami a 94-91 lead with 10.1 seconds remaining.

After a timeout, Jackson missed a 3, Dale Davis grabbed an offensive rebound and Austin Croshere passed to Jackson just to the right of the top of the key. His 3-pointer tied it, and Wade missed an alley-oop attempt off an inbounds pass on the final play of regulation.

"We had got a drive, and they had to help, and they had to scramble out," Jackson said. "Me and Croshere were open on the weak side, and they threw it to Croshere. He had a wide-open shot, but the guy closed on him well, and he got a late pass to me, and I had a good look from the top."

Shaquille O'Neal said the Heat needed one more rebound, but Davis grabbed it.

"I went to the corner to help against Reggie," he said. "It was a medium rebound, and it came to him (Davis). We had the game won, and we let it get away. They just wanted it more than we did."

Jackson's 3-pointer with 1:54 left in overtime gave Indiana a 104-102 lead, and Keyon Dooling missed a 6-footer for Miami. Davis made two foul shots after grabbing an offensive rebound, making it 106-102. After Wade missed a jumper, Miller knocked down a 15-footer for a six-point lead.

Davis had 13 points and 11 rebounds, and Anthony Johnson had 16 points and 13 assists.

Pacers coach Rick Carlisle was succinct in his explanation. "At the end of regulation, we needed a miracle and got one," he said.

Heat coach Stan Van Gundy agreed with O'Neal. "We should have won," he said. "It came down to one play and one rebound that we didn't get."

The game was close throughout, with 16 ties and 15 lead changes.

Game notes

The last time the Heat won at Indiana was Dec. 31, 2001. ... Miller has made 49 consecutive free throws, still shy of the personal-best 61 he recorded earlier in the season.

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Team Stat Comparison

Points 108 114
FGM-FGA 43-83 (.518) 39-85 (.459)
3PM-3PA 9-14 (.643) 11-25 (.440)
FTM-FTA 13-25 (.520) 25-29 (.862)
Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 7-42 11-44
Assists 16 27
Turnovers 16 17
Steals 11 11
Blocks 2 4
Fast Break Points 17 11
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 25 (2/0) 21 (0/0)
Largest Lead 6 8

Top Performers

Dwyane Wade Wade
Points: 37
Reb: 9
Ast: 6
Stl: 4
Blk: 0
Reggie Miller Miller
Points: 31
Reb: 3
Ast: 4
Stl: 0
Blk: 0