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