NBA: Pacers grind out win over Heat

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FILE – Buddy Hield #24 of the Indiana Pacers celebrates three points against the Chicago Bulls in the second half at United Center on October 26, 2022 in Chicago, Illinois. Michael Reaves / Getty Images / AFP

Buddy Hield ended his season with 25 points, leading the Indiana Pacers to a 101-99 win over the Miami Heat on Friday night in Indianapolis.

Miami’s Tyler Herro, who has the highest 29 points in the game, missed a 3-pointer that decided the win on the front rim at the whistle.

Indiana’s Tyrese Haliburton had a nearly doubled double with 22 points, nine assists and nine rebounds. Bennedict Mathurin, Indiana’s first-round pick-up rookie, added 23 points from the bench, scoring 10 points for 12 after the foul.

Miami, which was without top scorer Jimmy Butler for the second straight game due to a sore left hip, also received 18 points and 10 rebounds from Bam Adebayo. Max Strus added 17 points, Gabe Vincent got 15 and Kyle Lowry 10.

The first quarter saw seven lead changes and six draws before Miami took a 29-28 lead.

Indiana used a 10-0 scoreline midway through the second half, leading 45-38 with a remaining score of 6:27. Later in this period, the Pacers together ran 14-0 to take a 59-43 lead with 2:32 remaining.

At halftime, the Pacers led 62-50, 22 points behind Hield in the round of 9 to 12, 4 to 7 with 3 points. Mathurin gets 14 points, including 9 out of 10 free throws.

Herro led Miami with 14 points in the first half, but the Heat shot 34.9% off the floor, producing only 5 of 24 3-pointers (20.8%). Indiana shoots 50 percent from the floor.

Miami held Hield goalless in the third half as the Heat cut its deficit to 80-77. Herro had 10 points in the quarter.

With 5:35 left in the fourth inning, Vincent’s 3 points helped Miami end the game, 94-94.

But Hield, after missing his first five shots in the second half, hit a pointer with 3:22 left to give Indiana a 97-94 lead. Indiana never lost its way again.

With 10.1 seconds remaining, a tackle by Strus was determined to be a goal. However, the call was reversed upon review and it was a valid block order by Myles Turner. Miami received the ball back, and Herro made two free throws to cut the Heat’s deficit to 100-99 with 8.4 seconds remaining.

Miami fouled Mathurin, who took the second of his two free throws to take a 101-99 lead with 7.6 seconds left. Herro, who took eight of 20 shots from the floor, then missed his last attempt to give Indiana the win.


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