Saturday, December 28, 2019
The Miami Heat are looking to expand their winning streak to four games tonight as they take on the Indiana Pacers at the American Airlines Arena. The Heat are coming fresh off of a 107-104 victory they took over the Utah Jazz on Monday. This will be the third of four straight games played at home before they head to the Nation’s Capital to take on the Wizards.
As for the Pacers, they are coming off a 120-115 overtime win they escape with from the Toronto Raptors this past Monday. They will try to grab their second straight win tonight against the South Beach team. This will be the first of four times that they play each other this season.
A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:
The Heat and the Pacers have battled each other a grand total of 138 times in the past as the Heat won 61 games while the Pacers went on to grab 77 victories.
-Malcolm Brogdon (groin; 18.3 PPG, 4.5 RPG, 7.6 APG, 45.2 FG%, 33.3 3P%)
-Victor Oladipo (quad)
-Alize Johnson (coach’s decision; 1.4 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 0.2 APG, 45.5 FG%)
-T.J. Leaf (coach’s decision; 3.3 PPG, 3.1 RPG, 0.3 APG, 42.6 FG%, 38.5 3P%)
-JaKarr Sampson (coach’s decision; 5.2 PPG, 2.7 RPG, 0.4 APG, 57.1 FG%, 20.0 3P%)
-Brian Bowen (G-League; 0.7 PPG, 0.3 RPG, 0.0 APG, 25.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Naz Mitrou-Long (G-League; 4.7 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 2.3 APG, 37.5 FG%, 18.2 3P%)
-Justise Winslow (back; 12.4 PPG, 7.1 RPG, 4.3 APG, 39.4 FG%, 23.1 3P%)
-Udonis Haslem (coach’s decision; 2.5 PPG, 1.5 RPG, 0.0 APG, 100.0 FG%)
-James Johnson (coach’s decision; 3.3 PPG, 1.8 RPG, 0.7 APG, 44.4 FG%, 22.2 3P%)
-Chris Silva (coach’s decision; 3.8 PPG, 3.6 RPG, 0.6 APG, 66.7 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Dion Waiters (coach’s decision)
-KZ Okpala (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.3 RPG, 0.0 APG)
-Daryl Macon (G-League; 0.8 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.3 APG, 33.3 FG%, 50.0 3P%)
The game would be kept close in the first half as the Pacers shot fifty-one percent from the field while the Heat shot forty-seven percent. Justin Holiday scored 11 points off the bench for the Pacers while hitting 3 three-pointers in the process. Aaron Holiday and Jeremy Lamb both had eight points each while Myles Turner drilled two three-pointers. Doug McDermott played the most minutes off the bench as he had eight points.
On the other end of the floor, Kendrick Nunn chalked up 11 points which included a three-pointer in the first period. New Jersey-native Bam Adebayo contributed with ten points on a perfect one-hundred percent shooting. He also had six rebounds and three assists while Kelly Olynyk knocked down all 3 three-pointers off the bench.
Jimmy Butler was kept to just eight points but managed to record three rebounds, four assists, and one steal. Goran Dragic played 13 minutes off the bench but only had five points as the Heat went into halftime with a 58-55 lead.
The Pacers would attempt a comeback in the second half as they shot forty-six percent from the field while the Heat shot forty-one percent. Former Suns’ forward T.J. Warren chalked up 14 points while knocking down a three-pointer in the process. Aaron Holiday and Jeremy Lamb combined for 17 points while Domantas Sabonis had six points. Justin Holiday played the most minutes off the bench but was held scoreless.
As for the South Beach team, both Duncan Robinson and Jimmy Butler scored 12 points each. Robinson earned all his points from beyond the arc while Butler had six rebounds and two assists. Adebayo had eight more points while Nunn drilled two shots from behind the three-point line.
With thirty-seven seconds remaining in the game, the Miami Heat would hold a 111-110 lead. After a missed shot by Jimmy Butler, Jeremy Lamb would connect for an eight-foot shot to give the Pacers the lead. The Heat wouldn’t give up, though. With six seconds left in the game, Adebayo would grab a rebound after a missed shot Nunn.
Adebayo would then pass it out to Dragic, who drilled a nine-foot jumper to give the Heat a 113-112. After a timeout called by the Indiana Pacers, Aaron Holiday attempted a driving floating jump shot to win the game but wouldn’t be successful as the Heat hung on to win, 113-112. Jimmy Butler finished the game with 20 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assists, and one steal while Aaron Holiday settled for 17 points, 3 rebounds, and 9 assists.
The Indiana Pacers will head to Louisiana to take on Brandon Ingram (25.3 PPG, 7.1 RPG, 3.8 APG, 48.9 FG%, 41.0 3P%) and the New Orleans Pelicans (9-23) on Saturday at 7:00 p.m. This will be the first of two times that they play each other this season.
The Miami Heat will host Joel Embiid (23.3 PPG, 12.6 RPG, 3.2 APG, 47.3 FG%, 33.3 3P%) and the Philadelphia 76ers (23-10) on Saturday at 8:00 p.m. This will be the third of four times that these teams will battle each other this season. The last time they met up was on December 18 when the 76ers fell to the Heat, 108-104. Kendrick Nunn finished with 26 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists, and one steal while Joel Embiid had 22 points, 19 rebounds, 3 assists, one steal, and 2 blocks.