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The Heat defeat the Pacers, thanks to Goran Dragic’s clutch shot, 113-112

The Heat defeat the Pacers, thanks to Goran Dragic’s clutch shot, 113-112

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.

INACTIVES:

Indiana Pacers:

-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%)

Miami Heat:

-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%)

GAMETIME:

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.

So…what’s next?

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.

The Lakers grab their seventh straight win against the Heat, 95-80

The Lakers grab their seventh straight win against the Heat, 95-80

With a 6-1 record, the Los Angeles Lakers are sitting at the top of the Western Conference and they hope to keep that spot as they battle the Miami Heat tonight at the Staples Center.  They are currently on a six-game win streak, looking to grab a seventh straight victory tonight.  The Heat have been very impressive this season, as well.  They are sitting with a 6-2 record, hoping to grab a second consecutive win tonight.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

The Miami Heat and the Los Angeles Lakers have battled each other a grand total of 62 times in the past as the Heat defeated the Lakers 27 times while the Lakers won 35 matchups.

INACTIVES:

Miami Heat:

-Udonis Haslem (coach’s decision)
-Derrick Jones (hip; 7.0 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 0.5 APG, 60.0 FG%, 25.0 3P%)
-KZ Okpala (Achilles; 0.0 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.0 APG)
-Dion Waiters (illness)
-Daryl Macon (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG)
-Justise Winslow (concussion; 13.8 PPG, 8.0 RPG, 4.8 APG, 38.9 FG%, 25.0 3P%)

Los Angeles Lakers:

-DeMarcus Cousins (knee)
-Jared Dudley (coach’s decision; 1.2 PPG, 0.4 RPG, 0.2 APG, 66.7 FG%, 100.0 3P%)
-Talen Horton-Tucker (coach’s decision)
-Rajon Rondo (calf)
-Zach Norvell (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.0 APG, 0.0 FG%)
-Kostas Antetokounmpo (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.0 APG)

GAMETIME:

The beginning of the game would be held close as the Miami Heat shot thirty-seven percent from the field while the Los Angeles Lakers completed forty-three percent of their shots.  Anthony Davis scored 16 points while missing only one of his eight shots attempted.  He recorded six rebounds, as well, along with two assists, two steals, and two blocks.  Former Miami Heat superstar LeBron James was kept to just five points but nailed a three-pointer in the first quarter.

Avery Bradley, who is coming off an injury, chalked up six points on sixty percent shooting.  He also had four rebounds and two assists while Danny Green had a trey at the beginning of the game.  JaVale McGee was kept to just two points but had three rebounds and one block.  Kyle Kuzma played the most minutes off the bench but had just five points.

As for the visiting team, four-time All-Star Jimmy Butler got hot for 11 points but shot only thirty-seven percent from the field.  He also had two rebounds, two assists, and one steal while Kendrick Nunn earned eight points.  Bam Adebayo had five points while Duncan Robinson hit a three-pointer in the second quarter.  Goran Dragic played 15 minutes off the bench as he had 11 points but it was the Lakers who went into halftime with a close 48-46 lead.

The California ball club would take over in the second half as they went on a 47-34 run, shooting forty-six percent from the field, holding the Heat to thirty-two percent shooting.  James got hot for 20 points, burying three shots from beyond the arc in the process.  He also had three rebounds and two assists while Anthony Davis helped out with 10 points on forty-four percent shooting.

McGee contributed with seven points and seven rebounds while Bradley had a three-pointer near the end of the game.  Danny Green had held to just one point, which was earned from the charity stripe.  Virginia-native Troy Daniels played 10 minutes off the bench but was held scoreless.

On the other end of the court, Butler gave 11 points while Adebayo had six points.  Both Duncan Robinson and Meyers Leonard were held scoreless while Nunn had just two points.  Dragic played the most minutes off the bench as he had eight but it was the home team who came away with a 95-80 victory, earning their seventh straight win.  Anthony Davis finished with 26 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists, 2 steals, and 3 blocks while Jimmy Butler had 22 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 steals.

So…what’s next?

The Miami Heat will host Andre Drummond (21.9 PPG, 18.6 RPG, 3.1 APG, 58.2 FG%, 00.0 3P%) and the Detroit Pistons (4-5) on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.  The Los Angeles Lakers will host Pascal Siakam (25.6 PPG, 9.1 RPG, 3.6 APG, 50.0 FG%, 38.9 3P%) and the Toronto Raptors (5-2) on Sunday at 9:30 p.m.