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Heat falter in overtime, lose 102-91 to Pacers

Without Lowry, the Heat came close but were unable to pull out the road victory.

Miami Heat v Indiana Pacers Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images

With Kyle Lowry sitting out due to a bad ankle, the Miami Heat faltered down the stretch in their first road game of the season and lost 102-91 in overtime to the Indiana Pacers on Saturday night.

Miami fell behind early in the first quarter without their starting point guard and his loss was apparent right away, with short bursts of creativity from Bam Adebayo and Jimmy Butler interspersed with clunky offensive sets. Gabe Vincent started in place of Lowry but did little in terms of playmaking and even less in the box score — totaling two points, three assists, three rebounds and three turnovers in 25 minutes. Though the Heat faced a deficit — their first of the season — that ballooned to double-digits, they were able to come back and close to within 28-24 at the end of the first quarter.

Thanks to another huge contribution off the bench from Tyler Herro, who had 16 points by halftime, they were able to stay within striking distance. The third-year guard, who scored 27 points in just 24 minutes against the Bucks, struggled from beyond the arc going 3-12 for the night but shot 9-16 elsewhere to finish with 30 points and 10 rebounds in 41 minutes — a franchise first for a reserve.

After a defensive clinic in the third quarter that limited the Pacers to just eight points, the Heat were able to trim a 10-point halftime deficit to one point entering the final quarter. The two teams played evenly to the end of regulation and featured a clutch 3-pointer by Herro to tie the game at 86-86 with 51 seconds left. Jimmy Butler subsequently missed out on a pair of chances: a layup attempt blocked by Malcolm Brogdon with 17 seconds left and then an 18-foot jump shot. Rookie guard Chris Duarte, who led the Pacers with 19 points, also missed a late 3-point attempt that would have broken the tie.

Overtime started well enough with Butler able to score after Indiana struck first, but a 9-0 run by the home team kickstarted a disastrous ending to the game in which the Heat were ultimately outscored 16-5 in the five extra minutes.

Butler finished with 19 points, six rebounds, six assists and three steals while Bam Adebayo had 17 points and 16 rebounds. Duncan Robinson scored 14 points but the rest of the team aside from Herro totaled just 11 points between the five remaining players.

Miami next will host the Orlando Magic at the FTX Arena on Monday at 7:30pm.