Mar 26, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indiana Pacers forward Paul George (24) dunks the ball during the fourth quarter against the Miami Heat at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The Pacers won 84-83. Mandatory Credit: Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports

Indiana Pacers Outlast the Miami Heat, 84-83

That was brutal. That was likely the most physical game you will see all season long. The Indiana Pacers and Miami Heat have not disappointed when they’ve met this season.

Tonight was no exception. The Pacers somehow managed to out do the Heat, pulling off the much needed 84-83 win.

It was physical, poorly officiated, and completely entertaining.

LeBron James was smacked across the face by Luis Scola. A few plays later Roy Hibbert took James’ elbow to the face, resulting in a flagrant foul. Hibbert took so many body shots he’ll need hours in an ice bath.

James played hero on a night when most of his team wasn’t a factor, leading all scorers with 38 points (and turning the ball over six times).

The Pacers took a four point lead off a David West three pointer with 50-seconds left to play. The Heat missed a three pointer and then West missed a mid-range jumper at the other end. Chris Bosh would drill a three to make it a one point game with 2-seconds left on the clock.

George Hill, who was a non-factor all night long, was fouled on the in-bounds but missed both free throws. Bosh had a chance to win the game, but left the jumper from just inside the arc short.

The Pacers only shot 37-percent from the field, but managed to force the Heat into 19 turnovers resulting in 26 points. They also hauled in 11 offensive rebounds. Indiana also had just 10 turnovers all night long.

Lance Stephenson received a technical early in the game when he got into a bit of a scuffle with Mario Chalmers. That would come back to hurt the Pacers as Stephenson would be ejected for “taunting” Dwayne Wade.

It was an absurd reason to eject someone, especially when all Stephenson said was an emphatic “What?” while staring down Wade. Wade initially laughed it off, but then tattled to the referee who was surrounded by complaining Miami players.

Stephenson left the game with 15 points off 50-percent shooting.

It looked like that would doom the Pacers, who saw a four point lead evaporate on one play. Evan Turner filled in for Stephenson and had two huge buckets to get the Pacers back in front. He even picked James’ pocket for a fast break that saw Wade come up lame with a pulled hamstring, and sending him to the bench. 

Roy Hibbert opened up the game in typical “dominant-only-versus-Miami” fashion. He had destroyed Greg Oden on the low block, forcing the Heat to go with Udonis Haslem for most of the game. Hibbert finished with 21 points on 46-percent shooting.

Hibbert even played through the elbow to the face, despite taking a chunk out of his tongue.

Paul George led the Pacers with 24 points. He also had eight rebounds and four assists to go along with three steals. He played tight defense on James for most of the fourth quarter as well.

The bench once again let the team down, accounting for just 10 points all night long.

It can’t be understated just how big of a win this game was for the Pacers. It has been a rough stretch for Indiana lately, but tonight the Pacers looked like they found their love of basketball once again.

The Pacers will be back in action at Washington on Friday night to face the Wizards. The Pacers will see the Heat for the final time in the regular season on April 11th down in Miami.

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  • Real M-Fing talk !!!

    This game is a perfect example of all that’s wrong with the heat….
    Lebron doing all the work, points, rebounds assist and defending… Lebron has to play the entire seconds halves in games because the team around him is inadequate… and you wondered why George beat lebron off the dribble late in the game…. and with no rim defender easy score… not one heat player stepped up tonight…. Lebron is not only playing against the Pacers defense but the stupidity of his head coach, and a idiot G.M. who refused to get the heat some inside help or a legit backup for wade… for some reason Eric actually thinks he is a great coach… when its on the back of Lebron he had any success. Eric left Mike and Shane on the bench while guys like Chalmers, Bosh, Douglas and Coles stunk up the place… When will morons like Eric learn you have the greatest player in the game… he is the only one who gets to shoot the last shot…. not some silly play to get Bosh a jumper the same Bosh who had 8 points in the game… Eric also lost the game trying to force feed Wade the ball early… Wade has been hurt this is an important game, there is no way in hell Wade should be the focus of anything… he should be fitting in… now guys like bayless will focus on the last shot and ignored the fact no one else showed up on the heat and the play was designed for bosh… thats all on eric and the other players.

    • Evan Reller

      Not that I care about the Heat in the slightest, but they did go to three straight NBA Finals with roughly the same team. As for Spoelstra, no he isn’t a very good coach. He gets to play around with some immensely talented players and all he has to do is not piss of James. Honestly, the Heat are not a very good team, they just have more talented players than most of the league and the best basketball player in the world (who had six turnovers and did nothing in the fourth except cheap shot Hibbert with a deliberate elbow to the face).