The Indiana Pacers fall to 0-3 in overtime, another fantastic collapse setting up an avoidable extra period in which the Pacers continue to falter, losing to the Miami Heat by three. The Pacers held an 18-point third quarter lead, but Dwyane Wade began to chip away at the lead, Chris Bosh hit timely shots and free throws, and a series of miscues by Indiana and an equal number of capitalized opportunities helped put Miami in the win column.
Here are some key things that went wrong:
- Free Throws: Since leading 70-52, the Miami Heat outscored Indiana from the free throw line 17-6 for the remainder of the game. That included 6-0 in the third quarter, 8-5 in the fourth quarter, and 4-1 in overtime. To make matter worse. Indiana split or missed entirely on their final five trips to the line, shooting 3-9 in the final 1:21 and overtime.
- Technical foul on Frank Vogel: Vogel picked up a technical foul late in the fourth quarter. He was justifiably upset at the officiating, as Miami flopped and hacked their way into extra possessions and free throw trips. But the free throw gave Miami an 88-87 lead with 3:11 remaining in the fourth.
While Indiana had opportunities late, the missed free throws allowed Miami to force overtime with a Wade layup as opposed to a Miami three-point attempt. The league may issue an apology for missing on a number of calls tomorrow, but Frank's fire proved costly in the end.
- Rebounding: While Indiana somehow won the battle on the glass 55-52, they were outscored 10-4 in second chance points from their 18-point lead. The Heat grabbed eight offensive rebounds, including three in overtime that gifted Miami four points.
- Paul George turnover: Paul George led Indiana with 32 points and played a clean game until overtime when he committed his only turnover with 26 seconds remaining. At the rim, George opted to try and dish to Ian Mahinmi instead of force a shot, giving Miami the ball with a four second different on shot clock. From that point, Indiana allowed back-to-back offensive rebounds that sealed their fate.
- Injuries: While Miami was shorthanded with Hassan Whiteside, the Pacers suited up without George Hill, who missed action with food poisoning. C.J. Miles left with a shoulder injury early, this after hitting two quick threes. Missing both players proved costly to Indiana as a shooting team. George hit five three pointers to go alongside Miles's two, but Indiana as a team only had eight total.
- Bench wings: This led to extra reliance on the team's backup wings, who were various shades of ineffective. Solomon Hill had some nice defensive possessions and Rodney Stuckey got some things going late, but the two, along with Chase Budinger, combined for 0-6 from deep. Indiana had no shooters without George on the floor, and both of Solo's attempts alone were in the stratosphere of Andre Drummond free throws.