Pacers Links: Evan Turner joins Pacers, Heat rivalry at full speed

Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports

The wild ending to a wild game between the Pacers and Heat included a surprising subplot with the Pacers newest sub getting his first real taste of the distaste between the two teams while still trying to play the game.

Normally entering an NBA game in progress is like merging onto I-465. You better get up to speed quick or you're going to be in trouble.

When Evan Turner had to unexpectedly enter the fray for the Pacers in the last five minutes of the team's battle with the Miami Heat, it was more akin to merging from the pits onto the track at IMS with 20 laps to go in the Indy 500.

Frank Vogel told Turner, "Welcome to the rivalry."

For the first couple of minutes it appeared Turner would get run over by sensory overload. It is one thing to raise your intensity to match what was going on out there on Wednesday night, but it is another thing entirely to reach that level and still be able to execute.

"The game was already riled up, the atmosphere was crazy in general," Turner said following the game. "My big thing was trying to match that intensity right away so I wouldn't be the weak link out there."

After the Heat reeled of an 8-0 run following Lance Stephenson's ejection which brought Turner into the game, the Pacers finally stopped to surge with a free throw from Roy Hibbert.

Then Turner came up big, scooping up a loose dribble and then methodically finishing the transition opportunity with a layup. After another Heat turnover, Turner spun the game in the Pacers' favor when he put Mario Chalmers in the spin cycle at the free throw line and they burst down the lane for another layup.

What had felt moments later like a game slipping away, suddenly felt like it was going to be the Pacers' night. When David West then made sure it would be the Pacres' night by draining a three-pointer.

This was far from a perfect game for the Pacers, shooting just 37 percent and running into a few offensive dead spots throughout the game that threatened to nullify their intensity and defensive effort which was at a championship level much of the night.

Turner didn't play these types of games in Philly, so the silver lining in Lance's folly of getting tossed, is that E.T. has now been fully immersed in the Pacers/Heat rivalry and shown he can stand up when called on to raise his level of play.

Enjoy the highlights!

Check out the links:

Heat at Pacers - Box score

Radio Highlights: Pacers 84, Heat 83 | Pacers Blogs

Game Rewind: Pacers 84, Heat 83 | THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE INDIANA PACERS

Pacers Win a Playoff Primer | THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE INDIANA PACERS

Pacers Win Central Division for Second Straight Season | THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE INDIANA PACERS

Pacers grow up in time to nip Heat 84-83 - Indy Star

Pacers use rally late to beat Heat 84-83 - AP

Bob Kravitz: Pacers win a game they had to have - Indy Star

Turner, West help Pacers survive slugfest with Heat - Indy Star

Pacers regain identity, put Heat on ropes - 1070 The Fan

Lance Stephenson ejected for 2nd technical after jawing at Dwyane Wade (Video) | Ball Don't Lie - Yahoo Sports

Recap: Heat lose bloody battle to Pacers, 84-83 - Hot Hot Hoops

Miami Heat, Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade, LeBron James take on Indiana Pacers - Sun Sentinel

Pacers take control of playoff race with 84-83 win - AP

Video: Spoelstra on falling short in Indiana -- Sun Sentinel

Video: LeBron on rough night in Indiana -- Sun Sentinel

INDIANAPOLIS: Indiana Pacers rally late to edge Miami Heat - Miami Heat - MiamiHerald.com

INDIANAPOLIS: Miami Heat’s Greg Oden is right at home in Indianapolis - Miami Heat - MiamiHerald.com

Heat lose edge when going gets rough - Miami Heat Index Blog - ESPN

Daily Dime: Pacers beat Heat, show why home court matters - ESPN

Heat's Greg Oden not the answer for Roy Hibbert in 1st meeting - Indy Star

Post-Game Grades: Pacers Beat the Heat in Game of the Year - 8 Points, 9 Seconds - An Indiana Pacers Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

TheJayGravesReport.com: Double Parked (How Hibbert dared a boy to tow the ride even though LeBron went off)

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