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RECAP: Tough stretch allows Pacers to send Heat to 3rd straight loss

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Turnovers and poor offensive execution killed Miami in this game against the Pacers.

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Most of the time, when a team has more turnovers than assists at the end of a game, the final result is a loss. And that's what happened to the Miami Heat against the Indiana Pacers Friday night. With 19 turnovers to only 14 assists, the Heat didn't execute well on offense and Indiana capitalized on it. For a large part of the game, Miami played solid defense and gave good effort, but it's hard to win when you make so much mistakes offensively, especially when you are short-handed (Tyler Johnson and Josh McRoberts didn't play).

Outside of Chris Bosh (23 points, 10 rebonds), Dwyane Wade (20 points, 5 rebonds, 5 assists) and Gerald Green (13 points), no other Heat player finished with double-digit in scoring. Hassan Whiteside had a good game (8 points, 10 rebonds, 2 blocks) but played only 17 minutes because of the playing style of the Pacers. Luol Deng had a rough night offensively in his second game back (7 points on 3-9 shooting) and Goran Dragic was never a difference maker in this game (5 points, 7 assists, 5 rebounds).

Monta Ellis was great for the Pacers and finished with 24 points, 6 assists and 6 steals. Paul George had a good game too with 23 points and 8 rebounds, and Ian Mahinmi had his best performance of the season with 18 points and 12 rebounds.

Game summary

Early in the game, both teams looked a little bit out of sync. The Pacers tried to play fast but they turned the ball over way too much and missed a lot of outside shots. Unfortunately, the Heat didn't really take advantage of it because Miami didn't take care of the ball. After the first few minutes, the pace slowed down and the Heat was able to impose its halfcourt defense. Miami also dominated on the glass with a lot of offensive rebounds, and led 21-20 after the first quarter.

In the second quarter, the Heat continued to defend very well and forced Indiana to take tough shots. The Pacers were able to score inside on some pick and rolls but they played out of rythm most of the time. Paul George didn't really look like the player he was in the first game against Miami, but he still managed to score by going to the free throw line a lot in the first half. On the offensive end, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade carried the load and Gerald Green was efficient coming off the bench. The ball movement was relatively good but turnovers were a main problem for Miami in the first two quarters.

Ahead 48-47 coming out of halftime, the Heat fell behind in the third quarter because of poor execution on the offensive end. Miami took a lot of bad shots and turned the ball over again which led to some easy transition points for Indiana. At the same time, Monta Ellis went off and led his team to a 12-3 run at the end of the period. In the blink of an eye, the Heat faced a nine points deficit with only one quarter to play.

In the final twelve minutes, Miami made some stops but was unable to capitalize offensively. Dwyane Wade took and missed some bad shots and nobody was really capable of bringing a spark. At the end, the Pacers increased their lead by sharing the ball on the offensive end and won the game 96-83.

On a three-game losing streak, the Heat will try to get back on track Sunday against the Memphis Grizzlies at home.