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Pacers Links: Road woes continue for Pacers in Miami

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Losing in Miami is nothing new to the Pacers and just adds to the team's current struggles to secure W's away from the Fieldhouse.

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The Pacers appeared to be off to a great start on their four-game road trip midway through the third quarter when Paul George and Monta Ellis fueled a surge that put the Blue and Gold up 18. Then a familiar plot line unfolded at American Airlines Arena where trying to close out wins have turned the place into a house of horrors for the Pacers.

The Pacers lead the all-time regular season series against the Heat 60-42, but the home court advantage between the two teams is strong. The Pacers are 43-9 against the Heat in Indy, but now just 17-33 in Miami and 2-8 since LeBron took his talents to South Beach and back. Three recent playoff matchups play out much the same with the Pacers going 5-4 at the Fieldhouse, but just 2-8 on the road.

No lead is safe for the Pacers in Miami and when you miss 7 of 13 free throws down the stretch and fail to make other winning 50-50 plays, another valuable win quickly flips into a L, much as it did in Chicago last week. As Nathan points out, you can't point to one problem but it does seem the Pacers are rarely able to overcome excuses to execute down the stretch in these tough losses.

The Pacers have won just one of their last eight road games and are 7-10 away from the Fieldhouse for the season. Their next three games are on the road as are eight of the next 10 on the schedule. While all is not lost at 19-15 and remaining among the clump of teams in solid playoff position in the East, the Pacers have to figure out how to close out tough wins on the road or they won't be able to rise above the middle of the pack.

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Check out the links:

Game Rewind: Pacers 100, Heat 103 | Indiana Pacers

Pacers blow 18-point lead, fall in overtime

Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh rally Miami Heat in overtime win over Pacers | Miami Herald

Heat rally from 18 down, top Pacers 103-100 in OT - AP

RECAP: Heat rally from 18 point deficit, beat Pacers in OT 103-100 - Hot Hot Hoops

Missed Free Throws Cost Indiana Pacers in Miami

The Pacers took warmup jumpers in the dark because the Heat's lights went out - SBNation.com

Pacers-Heat delayed by lighting malfunction - Yahoo Sports