Miami got things started early against the Pacers with Jimmy getting to the line for free throws almost immediately. Goran found himself in the starting lineup, and showed no signs of injury, hitting a three right away. Bam also did work in the paint, showing off his strength against Myles Turner, and delivering some highlight plays:
Bam wants a basket, Bam gets a basket. pic.twitter.com/IsRtzVyZC6— x - Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) August 11, 2020
For the Pacers, TJ Warren was quiet (missing 4 out of his first 5 shots) with Myles Turner and Victor Oladipo handling most of the workload.
Miami’s three point shooting was awful to start going 3/8 from long range. With only Jae Crowder delivering. Still Jae’s three point efficiency is amazing. He’s shot 44% from three point range as a member of the Miami Heat and has become a real weapon spacing the floor.
The Pacers went on a run to end the first quarter, cutting down the Heat lead to just 4.
The Pacers would tie things up continuing their 14-2 to start the second quarter, but it wouldn’t last as Goran Dragic and Derrick Jones Jr. got the Heat offense settled. The Pacers took a page out of the Raptors’ playbook in doubling Duncan Robinson, but it opened up a lot of scoring opportunities like this:
Heat have had Goran running PnR right at McDermott (defending DJJ) for the last couple minutes and McDermott hasn't had much of a chance. pic.twitter.com/5nLnoUpDvs— Couper Moorhead (@CoupNBA) August 11, 2020
Seeing that lob from this angle is a must pic.twitter.com/1zoCN3NIcn— x - Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) August 11, 2020
Goran was a a maestro in the pick and roll, utilizing DJJ’s athleticism to send the Heat ahead. DJJ was phenomenal in the second quarter feeding off Dragic for 10 points in the quarter.
The Heat continued to struggle from beyond the arc, but Miami dominated with 22+ points in the paint. The Pacers slowed the Heat down to create a slower pace. This benefited them as Warren and Oladipo allowed the Pacers to take the lead on some wide open looks.
The Heat had some great looks on offense, but the shooting just wasn’t there. They’d go into the second half tied, but shooting an atrocious 35.5% from the field and 22% from three.
Duncan and Crowder ended Miami’s three point drought immediately to start the second with an 8-0 run. Bam also continued to get more involved, working his way to the free throw line and blocking every shot that came into his air space on defense.
The Heat managed to turn that defense into offense and take a 10 point lead that left the Pacers stunned. The Heat are a different team when their shots are falling.
Jimmy’s poor shooting finally balanced out as his floaters in the paint started to fall. Still him forcing those types of shots continued to make me wonder if there’s something wrong with Jimmy’s jumper. Jimmy contributes on all ends (he had 11 boards and 4 steals at this point) so it’s hard to complain.
Miami’s reserves also got involved allowing the Heat to take their lead back and then some.
It's #22's game.— x - Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) August 11, 2020
19 Pts | 11 Rebs | 5 Asts | 4 Stls | 1 Blk pic.twitter.com/P4LtERIg0r
Jimmy dominated on offense slashing to the rim, he also facilitated incredibly well finding, Duncan, Herro and Jae for some huge makes. After outscoring the Pacers 37-23 in the third, the Heat went into the fourth quarter up 14.
Derrick Jones Jr got Miami started with three consecutive buckets, one coming off a steal. He then decided to go into overdrive and dunk all over the Pacers, and do so with style:
Tyler Herro also got going from beyond the arc, extending the Heat lead. He was also active on defense getting involved with a great chase down block.
Goran continued to anchor the Heat’s offense getting everybody involved. He’s invaluable to the team, and really demonstrates why he was an All-Star not too long ago when he’s on. He had 11, 9 and 6 tonight.
The Pacers hit some shots, but were never able to find a groove. McMillan would not re-insert his starters and the Heat would win this one by 22 in a great team win.
Oh and TJ Warren was held to just 12 points. His lowest scoring game in the NBA bubble so far.
The Heat and Pacers go at it again on Friday.