In what looked like the most Miami of Miami finishes brewing for the Pacers, a fantastic effort started going awry in the final four minutes when Domantas Sabonis took yet another shot to the face that sent him to the floor with no foul called. After a key stop at the other end, T.J. McConnell then slipped where Sabonis fell (yo, ball boy where’s the broom?) uncharacteristically turning the ball over.
This is where it starts, right? Heartbreak in Miami with Jimmy Butler starting do “Jimmy Butler wants to win” things.
Can’t rely on any call nor expect a break to go your way. Just keep making plays, which the Pacers did to keep a six point lead with 1:34 to play. But here came the Heat and after a foul on a Sabonis rebound was not called, yet a foul on a stumbling Buter flop was called with 12 seconds left, it appeared Miami would take the lead but for once the ball didn’t lie and the game went to OT after Caris LeVert missed a running pull up jumper.
On the first play of OT, Sabonis fouled out. Myles Turner came in cold and tried to do a little too much on the offensive end. The Heat opened with a 5-0 run and dreams of a South Beach sweep started washing away.
But not this team and not on this day.
Turner started doing what he does best, defend like a mutha. At the other end, a pair of Justin Holiday threes suddenly flipped the lead and game in the Pacers favor. They would not trail again, bringing home a 109-106 overtime win and a sweep of the Heat on their home floor. A win doesn’t get any better than this W.
Lots of game notes:
- Pacers started with a fifth consecutive 30-point quarter, despite missing several shots around the rim. The pace was to the Pacers liking and they started making threes to play from ahead early.
- The Heat defense had obviously adjusted to account for those three and did well to slow the Pacers down in the second quarter. Plus, from the tip Jimmy Butler had a look in his eye and aggressive mind set, getting the ball in the lane that made it known he would be a factor before the final score posted.
- While the Heat slowed things down and the Pacers only scored 25 points in the second quarter, the good guys did take a 57-49 lead to the half thanks to a strong defensive effort of their own. But after years of heartbreak in Miami, an eight-point lead in Miami certainly wasn’t comfortable.
- To start the third, Sabonis also tried to take a charge but instead had Bam Adebayo dunk through and over him which you’ve no doubt seen already if you are on social media. The play also got the Heat third quater off to a 5-0 start. The next time down, Sabonis begged for the same courtesy when called for an offensive foul. But remember, in Miami that ain’t happening.
- The Heat run expanded to 9-0, before Turner was fouled while missing a bunny. But the game had that familiar feeling and had turned into a grind which is just how the Heat like it. They put continual pressure on opponents and in this case, the Pacers had no choice but to maintain their effort for 48 minutes or be overrun.
- The second unit struggled in the first half but closed out the third quarter with an exceptional effort. Playing an effective 2-3 zone, the Pacers stymied the Heat on several possessions while pushing the ball the other way to close on a 10-2 run, scoring the final seven point to take a 79-70 advantage to winning time.
- The reserves continue to push the lead in the Pacers favor to start the fourth quarter with T.J. McConnell and Doug McDermott connection on several plays for buckets that could only demoralize their hosts.
- After a timeout, Miami showed that was not the case as they reeled off eight quick points to close the lead to one possession. Some swee D by Edmond Sumner stopped the run and the Pacers rallied again, to push the lead in their favor, highlighted by a 5-0 run of points by Caris LeVert as the Pacers took turns pulling the weight to stay in position for a win.
- Sabonis picked up his fifth foul at around the eight minute mark of the fourth quarter, but remained in the game as the flow of the game made his presence needed. He made it through regulation but not OT.
- The Pacers took the best shot from the Heat in this one. Butler played 42 minutes with 21 points, 15 rebounds and 7 assists. Bam Adebayo finished with 29 points and 10 rebounds.
- Myles Turner had another impactful game. A couple of early threes got him going, but my favorite play was when Myles dribbled into the lane and drew a foul on a shot attempt. Love when he makes the D have to guard him inside and out. He sat much of the second half but made several big defensive plays around the rim in overtime to help push the Pacers to a win.
- Turner also had a sweet double swat sequence against Tyler Herro, first denying a transition layup, then while guarding Herro one-on-one, stuck with the Heat swingman as he tried to beat him to the hoop. Negative. Turner sent that attempt back, as well.
- Caris LeVert hit a pair of threes in the second quarter to help the Pacers reassert early control of the game. His fit in the rotation continues to pay off in a positive manner. He also beat the shot clock in the fourth quarter with a runner that had to make T.J. Warren smile.
- Domantas Sabonis had a strong first half with 11 points and 8 rebounds to lead the team effort by the Pacers at the break when they had four players with 6 points, plus Turner and Justin Holiday with 9 points each.
- Sabonis also tried to take a charge but instead had Bam Adebayo dunk through and over him which you’ve no doubt seen already if you are on social media. The play also got the Heat third quater off to a 5-0 start. The next time down, Sabonis begged for the same courtesy when called for an offensive foul. But remember, in Miami that ain’t happening.
- Pacers held a 13 to 10 free throw advantage at the half. Would that hold up against the Heat...in Miami. By the end of the game, Miami had a 23-20 advantage. Shocker!
- Edmond Sumner didn’t play a ton but made a huge block on transition layup by Herro which would’ve pushed a Miami 8-0 run to 10-0. The denial went the other way where McConnell scored for a nice four-point swing in the Pacers favor.