Pacers Links: Miami leans on team effort to pound the Pacers

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Miami's supporting cast took the Pacers out of their comfort zone and helped the Heat roll to their 18th consecutive win.

Before last night's matchup between the Indiana Pacers and Miami Heat, I'm pretty sure most players, coaches and fans would've been fine with the idea that LeBron James and Dwyane Wade would end the game with 36 points combined.

The only problem is, Miami didn't need their stars to carry the offensive load in their 105-91 win over the Pacers. Not when Mario Chalmers and Chris Bosh combine for 50 points on a ridiculous 24 shot attempts. Plus, the bulk of Bosh's 24 points came on the perimeter which also force Roy Hibbert away from the rim.

Surely the goal of Miami's strategy to pull Hibbert away from the rim was to allow space for LeBron and Wade to finish, but again, that wasn't necessary.

Miami's defense was equally impressive as they took the fight to the Pacers from the tip and through their aggressive, physical presence, pushed the Pacers O back on its heels. The switch of Wade on Paul George and LeBron on Lance Stephenson gave the 22-year old Pacers playmakers a painful lesson and exposed their inexperience in adjusting on the fly when the stakes are high.

Now the Pacers have two days to marinade in that salty loss on South Beach before they host the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday. There's no time to allow the letdown to linger since the Pacers remain in a tight race in the Eastern Conference standings after dropping a half game behind the New York Knicks last night.

Check out the links:

Pacers at Heat - Box score and highlights

Game Rewind: Pacers 91, Heat 105 | THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE INDIANA PACERS

Pacers can't stop Miami's winning streak, lose 105-91 | Indianapolis Star | indystar.com

Miami sends message with rout of Pacers | 1070 The Fan – Opinion & Analysis

Pacers: In trouble from the start | Pacers Insider

Heat win 18th straight, roll past Pacers 105-91 - AP

Mario Chalmers leads Miami Heat to first win over Indiana Pacers this season; win streak reaches 18 - Miami Heat - MiamiHerald.com

Dwyane Wade getting defensive-minded - Miami Heat - MiamiHerald.com

Miami Heat 105, Indiana Pacers 91 - South Florida Sun-Sentinel.com

Heat final score: Miami dominates Indiana, wins 105-91 - Hot Hot Hoops

Are the Heat actually becoming... lovable? | SportsonEarth.com : Shaun Powell Article

NBA scores: Lakers in playoff picture, Heat win 18th straight - SBNation.com

Three-Pointers: Heat smother Pacers for 18th straight win | The Point Forward - SI.com

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