The Indiana Pacers fell short in a furious comeback to the Miami Heat, but it proved encouraging to see them fight on a second night of a back-to-back. Indiana trailed by 21 in the third quarter, but stormed back into it behind their best quarter of the year, outscoring Miami 32-21 in the fourth.
Victor Oladipo scored 23 of his season high 30 points in the second half, hitting four threes. Domantas Sabonis followed up with 18 points after struggling with foul trouble in the first half. He had 12 rebounds as part of a double double effort. The foul trouble opened the door for Al Jefferson, who led the bench with 12 points.
The Pacers allowed 38 points in the paint in first half, but adjusted well to limit Miami to just 18 points in the paint in the second half. Free throw shooting continued to be a problem for Indiana, shooting 15-21, but they still fared better than Miami, who was just 8-14, despite hitting two crucial free throws to ice the win.
Indiana will travel north to Minneapolis to face the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday.