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Heat squeeze out narrow victory in Indiana, win 92-87

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After a terrible first half, the Heat would right the ship en route to a gritty win against the Pacers

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First half:

It was Duncan Robinson and Goran Dragic who’d get Miami off to a hot start in this one. It was a back and forth battle to start, with Myles Turner causing problems for the Heat inside once again.

Miami’s decision-making was a lot better to start this game. Its ball movement was impressive, even if all of the looks didn’t fall initially. The Heat struggled defensively as Indiana scored easily and often (almost 50% from the field).

The Pacers would continue to run up the score on the Heat with Bam and Jimmy pretty much ghosts on offense and the Heat’s defense looking porous. Miami desperately needs another scorer, and I seriously hope that guy is Victor Oladipo.

The Heat was awful in the second quarter with the offense going colder than the Canadian winter. They were 1-11 from the field in the first 8 minutes of the second quarter. Duncan Robinson and Tyler Herro emerged to give the Heat a small boost towards the end of the half and really despite Miami’s laughable effort for much of the quarter it would go into the second half down only two.

Second Half:

Miami’s shooting woes continued into the second half as the Heat failed to make their looks from the field and their free throws. It would have been different if the Heat’s defense was at least strong, but it wasn’t. Miami gave up an 11-1 run almost immediately falling back into a big hole.

Jimmy didn’t hit his first field goal until the 8-minute mark of the third quarter, but he’d actually start something as Goran, Bam and Ariza followed it up with makes of their own to spark a 9-0 run.

The Heat also managed to get Myles Turner in foul trouble which opened up the key for Bam and Jimmy. The Heat would do just that as they chipped away back within two points.

Miami’s effort was solid in the fourth with Herro and Bam both doing work. However, on the other end, Doug McDermott continued to light the Heat up and keep Miami just outside of striking distance. Luckily that wouldn’t last as Duncan Robinson put the team on his back to steal the lead off of some heroic three-point shooting. Duncan has really been spectacular lately, and it’s nice seeing his name out of trade rumors.

Jimmy, Bam, and Duncan would all contribute to get the Heat out to a small lead forcing the Pacers to reinsert Sabonis and Turner. Thankfully the Heat kept momentum despite some shooting struggles and a few scares to squeeze out a much-needed win.

Miami is back at it tomorrow against Golden State, they should have Oladipo too!