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HEAT 89 - Pacers 102 Game Recap and Infographic

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The Miami HEAT dropped their second game to the Indiana Pacers, losing 102-89. The Pacers pulled away from the HEAT in the third quarter and the HEAT were never able to recover. The HEAT get back to action Sunday afternoon in Toronto, where they take on the Raptors.

Impact Performance of the Night: David West was a force tonight for the Indiana Pacers. He led all scorers with 30 points on 12-for-15 shooting. West also added seven rebounds and five assists. The HEAT tried just about every front court player on West, but there were no answers. West was successful in the post, in the pick-and-roll and from midrange. It was an excellent performance.

The Deciding Run: The Pacers won second and third quarters by a combined 13 points. In the third quarter, the Pacers went on an 8-0 run that really pushed them ahead. The HEAT were able to get within shouting distance in the fourth, but never really threatened.

Play of the Game: All was not lost Friday night as Dwyane Wade and LeBron James connected for a beautiful alley oop in the third quarter. James cut hard down the left side of the paint and Wade delivered the picture perfect pass.

Efficiency Rating: Offensive Efficiency: 104.0; Defensive Efficiency: 113.9

Trend to Watch: Tonight the Pacers scored 48 points in the paint. The HEAT’s interior defense seemed to be a touch slow for most of the game. It’s an issue that has cropped up before (see the loss in Milwaukee), but it’s usually corrected fairly quickly. The HEAT’s rotations were just off, creating open passing lanes for the Pacers, who took full advantage. Going forward, the HEAT will try to tighten things up. They’ve done it before and I suspect they’ll do it again.

The Takeaway: The HEAT lost a road game to a really good team. The HEAT now have 11 losses away from AmericanAirlines Arena, which seems like a lot, but really isn’t when compared to other contenders. The HEAT didn’t appear to use a lot of the gameplan or lineups that beat the Pacers last postseason, opting to keep them tucked away. It’s February and there’s no reason for the HEAT to show their hand at this point. Losses can be frustrating, but in the long run, there isn’t much of an issue.

Notes: Dwyane Wade finished with17 points and six rebounds. Chris Bosh score 13 points. Chris Andersen scored nine points and grabbed three rebounds off the bench. Dexter Pittman and Jarvis Varnado were inactive.

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Tried every front court player on West except for Warden. Such a damn shame.

The foursome of Anthony, Andersen, Lewis and Miller will be rotated in all kinds of weird ways the next few weeks. Don't read much into it. It's giving the coaches new lineup data that will prove to be valuable during the postseason.

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