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Pacers final score: Pacers out grit Heat 81-75

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Hustle and rebounding set the tone for Indiana in an ugly win over Miami. Roy Hibbert had 16 points & 15 rebounds, with Chris Copeland and Donald Sloan reaching double figures.

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After a surprisingly offensive first quarter, the Indiana Pacers and Miami Heat settled into a gritty, defensive fueled three quarter slug fest where 20 points in a quarter a deciding factor luxury. Miami led 26-24 after one, doubling the number of 20-point quarters either team would have the rest of the way. Indiana put 22 in the third quarter, capped by a 6-0 run over the final 3:09 of the third quarter to put Indiana up 63-58.

In the fourth quarter, the Heat used a 7-0 run to tie the game at 72-72, with the Pacers scoring scoreless over a five and a half minute stretch. In the midst of the stretch, Roy Hibbert sent away a Luol Deng drive in what set the tone for the final three minutes of action when chaos ruled and Indiana outscored the Heat 9-3 to come away with a huge road against the rival Miami.

Chris Copeland led the Pacers with 17 points with Donald Sloan putting in 15, but it was the play of Hibbert, who had 16 points, 15 rebounds, and three blocks, Solomon Hill's nine points and 10 rebounds on 1-12 shooting, and Lavoy Allen's six points and seven boards that helped push Indiana into the win column. The three had 12 of Indiana's 16 offensive boards as Indiana's hustle awarded Indiana a robust 53-28 rebounding advantage to grab their first road win of the season and first back-to-back W's.