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HEAT 77 - Pacers 87 Game Recap and Infographic

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The Miami HEAT fell to the Indiana Pacers 87-77 Tuesday night. The Pacers used a huge run in the third quarter to pull away from the HEAT. The HEAT continue their road trip Thursday night in Portland.

Impact Performance of the Night: Paul George was superb for the Pacers. He finished with 29 points and 11 rebounds. George hit some timely three-pointers, igniting the Pacers’ big run in the third quarter.

The Deciding Run: The HEAT went cold in the third quarter and the Pacers took advantage. The Pacers went on a 23-6 run to end the quarter, turning a seven-point deficit into a 10-point lead. The HEAT were never able to recover.

Play of the Game: Paul George’s three over Joel Anthony late in the third quarter was the biggest play of the night. George gave a hard jab step to free some room and nailed the contested jumper. The shot capped the large Pacers run and signified just what kind of night it was for the HEAT.

Efficiency Rating: Offensive Efficiency: 92.9; Defensive Efficiency: 100.7

Trend to Watch: For the second time in three games, the HEAT weren’t able to keep an opponent off of the offensive glass. The HEAT’s defense on first attempts has been strong, but it’s second and third chance opportunities that are hurting the HEAT. The Pacers grabbed 22 offensive rebounds that led to 23 second chance points. The HEAT are capable of rebounding at a much higher level –they’ve exhibited as much this season—but they’ll need a better and more consistent effort to rectify the recent issues.

The Takeaway: Let’s try a little exercise. Take a look at tonight’s box score: click here. Then look at a box score from a HEAT-Pacers game last season: click here. Pretty similar right? It’s hard to deal with losses, but the reality is that tonight’s game won’t mean a whole lot come playoff time. That’s not to say that there’s nothing to work on, there is, but some perspective is needed. The same way the wonky defense from earlier in the season was self-corrected, the HEAT’s rebounding will be self-corrected. In another month there will be a new issue that will seem crippling, but chances are it will go the way of the defense and ,eventually, rebounding.

Notes: Dwyane Wade finished with 30 points, five rebounds and three assists. LeBron James extended his streak of 20+ points with 22 points, to go along with 10 rebounds and four assists. Dexter Pittman was inactive.

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@DannyMartinez4: Tonight's game look familiar? Check this out: http://t.co/lyLdy90o Anyone remember that come May and June?

The we'll turn it up in the playoffs excuse is getting old. We were never this bad at rebounding and defending last year, the stats prove that. And we coasted a ton last year too.

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Can MIAMI at least put together a string of quality victories? They aren't looking no where like the dominant team that they're capable of being. Maybe they'll get their act together in due time...TEAM HEAT since '88!

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The we'll turn it up in the playoffs excuse is getting old. We were never this bad at rebounding and defending last year, the stats prove that. And we coasted a ton last year too.

It's different. There's nothing to prove now.

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horrible result on the boards as usual. No one aside from lebron (who had to work alot to get his) and wade and a little bosh could hit anything that will happen from time to time, my only ponder is 4 shots in the second half for wade 1 being a rushed 3 ? he shouldnt settle for four shots in a quarter let alone a half esspecially when he was feeling it

give pacers credit they hit some tough shots and played very good D while demolishing the heat on the boards

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wow not the same miami team as last year. I expected the this year's team to be better than MJ's bulls in the '90s you know with the addition of ray allen but i guess i'm wrong.

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Guys its obvious we have a major issue on the boards , but our bench also needs to tighten up. Im not worried they have streaks like this and the shots will eventually start falling hopefully come playoff time but as for the rebounding we need to adress that issue asap.

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The more the Heat issue become apparent, the more members join just to write their frustrations out.

It's funny.

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