Monday, December 12 at 7:00 p.m. ET at the Gainbridge Fieldhouse
All season long, the Indiana Pacers have been among the highest scoring teams in the NBA and bottom in most points surrendered.
Against the Miami Heat on Monday, those numbers switched.
Indiana (14-14) scored and gave up season-lows in points in an 87-82 loss to the Heat (13-15) at Gainbridge Fieldhouse. The game was only the second of the season in which the Pacers went under 100 points and under 90 points for the first time.
Indiana, which leads the league with 29.9 points per game in the fourth quarter, has accumulated just 18 points over the past 12 minutes.
Pacers head coach Rick Carlisle said the game was physically demanding from start to finish.
“This is classic Eastern Conference basketball,” Carlisle said. “It’s physically demanding, it’s tedious and both teams are trying to play fast. It’s not like both teams made it. The competition has been great and we need to look at the film and find ways to look better.”
Heat center Bam Adebayo led all scorers with 22 points remaining with a season-high 17 rebounds, while Jimmy Butler finished with 20 points, seven rebounds and five assists.
Miami shot 38.6 percent in the game to the Pacers’ 35.4 percent. The Pacers were 11-to-39 from 3-point range and the Heat were 9-for-34. The Pacers lost the fight in the paint as they were outplayed 38-28 while maintaining the rebound lead at 48- 45 lost.
Four players scored double digits for the Pacers, led by Buddy Hield’s 19, while rookie Andrew Nembhard added 18. Pacer’s big man Myles Turner totaled 15 points and 13 rebounds.
Also of note is that Pacers point guard Tyrese Haliburton posted a season-low one point against the Heat. Haliburton leads the team with 20.2 points per game.
Despite being as much as 19 points behind in the second quarter, the Pacers climbed back in the last 5:30 of the first half and were 47:42 at the break
In the first 5 minutes and 10 seconds of the game, the teams traded leads eight times and tied once, with Aaron Nesmith scoring five quick points for the Pacers and Buddy Hield adding four before Heat’s Kyle Lowry added three points to the visitors a 14:11 lead.
From 6:50 to 2:38 the Heat went on a 10-2 run, with five points from Lowry to lead 21-13 and prompted an Indiana timeout.
With 5:27 left in the first quarter, Victor Oladipo, a two-time NBA All-Star with the Pacers during his 2017-2021 tenure, officially returned to Indianapolis since his trade.
Hield hit consecutive 3-pointers, including one with 0.7 seconds on the clock, to put it 26-19 by the end of the opening frame.
Miami attacked Indiana from both inside and outside to put up a 13-0 goal run midway through the second quarter when Adebayo scored seven points mid-run on the edge and Max Strus hit a pair of 3s to turn the Heat on Bringing 43-24 with 6:07 left in the half.
In the remaining 5:29 of the first half, the Pacers swapped out the heat 18-4, behind 3 points from Nesmith, Turner and Nembhard to cut the lead to five points.
Adebayo led all scorers with 15 points at halftime while Hield and Nesmith had 10 points each for Indiana. At the break, the Pacers were outscored 24-12 and passed 27-19.
After the break, the Pacers buckled defensively and leveled a season low by giving up 20 points in the third quarter when both teams scored 34.9 percent.
Miami led until an 8-0 run from Indiana, highlighted by a 3-pointer from Nembhard, gave the Pacers a 62-57 lead with 4-44 in third.
The visitors responded with a quick 8-2 run in the final 1:40 of the third quarter, giving the Heat a 67-64 lead before the final frame.
Teams stayed within three points until the Heat capitalized on a 10-3 run from 3:54 to 2:25 – with seven straight points from Butler – to move up to 84-75.
Indiana fought back as a 7-2 run topped by a 3-pointer from Hield cut it to 86-82 with 42 seconds left, but the Pacers had a turnover before missing their last two shots.
The season series between the teams is 1-1 with two games remaining.
In the numbers
The Pacers’ 35.4 percent shot percentage was the second-worst field goal percentage in a game this season and worst in a loss.
Haliburton’s one point is the second lowest point he has scored in a game while wearing a Pacers uniform. Last year on November 22, Haliburton didn’t score in 33 minutes against the Philadelphia 76ers.
Despite scoring just one point, Haliburton finished +/- of +7.
Turner recorded his eighth double-double of the season.
Hield has scored at least 17 points in each of their last six games.
Indiana’s bench, which leads the league with 42.3 points per game, was beaten by the Heat reserves 20-17.
Miami’s 87 points are the fewest scored by the Heat in a game this season. On November 16, the Heat lost to the Toronto Raptors, 113-87.
Tyler Herro, who had 29 points in the first game against the Pacers, only had eight points in Monday’s game.
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“He goes 0-to-9, takes a point and is still plus seven in the game. That’s what a great player looks like, you know, finding other ways to affect the game. They put a lot of energy into him and unfortunately we couldn’t muster enough offense.” – Carlisle on Haliburton’s night off
“We just have to be smarter about our decisions. We had a lot of good looks, the shots just didn’t come. We just have to stay locked in, stick to the game plan and play defense. – Bennedict Mathurin on the loss
“It was just physical. They took us out of our game and made us rush into our shots. We know Miami is a rowdy defensive team, and they’re hard to read. They stuck to that today and just got us out of everything we’re used to.” – Jalen Smith on offensive battles against the Heat
“The biggest thing we wanted to do after Saturday’s game (against the Brooklyn Nets) was just bring more energy, more physicality and more presence. We just wanted to get back to who we are.” – Nembhard on increasing the intensity
state of the night
The Pacers posted a season-low 82 points but also gave up a season-low 87 points in the loss to the Miami Heat.
- During pre-game interviews Monday, Carlisle told the media that sophomore guard Chris Duarte trained with the Fort Wayne Mad Ants earlier in the day and will play two games this week before returning to the Pacers. Durate has been out since November 4 with a sprained ankle.
- Ahead of Monday night’s game, Indiana Pacers forward Kendall Brown was diagnosed with a stress reaction in his right shin. He is out indefinitely.
The Pacers conclude their homestand by welcoming Stephen Curry and the defending NBA Champion Golden State Warriors to the Gainbridge Fieldhouse on Wednesday, December 14 at 7:00 p.m. ET. Find tickets >>