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NBA MIAMI 89 INDIANA 78 FINAL


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MIAMI (89) AT INDIANA (78)

MIAMI REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == ===

MAJERLE F 36 3-7 1-2 0 4 4 1 3 0 0 9 BROWN F 40 10-15 2-4 2 5 7 2 3 2 0 22 MOURNING C 42 8-14 3-8 3 7 10 1 3 1 3 19 WALTERS G 24 1-4 2-2 2 3 5 4 5 1 0 5 HARDAWAY G 39 7-19 3-4 0 2 2 9 1 1 2 18 EDWARDS 8 0-1 0-0 1 1 2 0 1 0 0 0 WEATHERSPOON 15 1-2 4-4 0 5 5 0 3 1 0 6 PORTER 30 3-7 3-5 0 1 1 2 1 1 1 10 STRICKLAND 6 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 ASKINS DNP - COACH'S DECISION CAUSWELL DNP - COACH'S DECISION CONLON DNP - COACH'S DECISION MILLS DNP - COACH'S DECISION WATSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 33-70 18-29 8 28 36 20 20 7 6 89 (.471) (.621) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 7(10 PTS)

INDIANA REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == ===

D DAVIS F 32 2-5 0-0 3 7 10 0 4 1 1 4 MULLIN F 26 6-11 3-3 2 5 7 1 0 0 2 16 SMITS C 27 7-11 0-0 1 3 4 1 3 0 0 14 JACKSON G 24 2-9 0-0 1 3 4 4 1 0 2 4 MILLER G 34 4-9 3-4 0 1 1 1 1 0 3 11 A DAVIS 27 0-6 2-4 3 5 8 0 4 0 1 2 BEST 24 1-6 0-0 2 1 3 4 4 0 1 3 PERKINS 10 1-1 1-2 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 3 ROSE 25 6-16 2-2 2 1 3 1 2 0 2 14 CROSHERE 9 2-2 0-0 0 4 4 0 0 0 0 5 HOIBERG 2 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 HARRINGTON DNP - COACH'S DECISION MCKEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION POPE DNP - COACH'S DECISION SKELIN DNP - COACH'S DECISION WORKMAN DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 32-77 11-15 14 30 44 14 19 1 13 78 (.416) (.733) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 13(21 PTS)

MIAMI 25 19 21 24 - 89 INDIANA 19 25 18 16 - 78

BLOCKED SHOTS: MIAMI - MOURNING 2, WALTERS 2, EDWARDS, WEATHERSPOON. INDIANA - SMITS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MIAMI 5-16 (.313), MAJERLE 2-4, WALTERS 1-3, HARDAWAY 1-6, PORTER 1-3. INDIANA 3-10 (.300), MULLIN 1-3, JACKSON 0-3, MILLER 0-1, BEST 1-1, ROSE 0-1, CROSHERE 1-1. TECHNICALS: INDIANA - HEAD COACH BIRD, MILLER 2 (EJECTED). OFFICIALS: JOE CRAWFORD, TED BERNHARDT, MARC DAVIS. A - 15,812. T - 2:06.


Box Score

MIAMI (89) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Majerle 36 3-7 1-2 0-4 1 3 9 Brown 40 10-15 2-4 2-7 2 3 22 Mourning 42 8-14 3-8 3-10 1 3 19 Walters 24 1-4 2-2 2-5 4 5 5 Hardaway 39 7-19 3-4 0-2 9 1 18 Edwards 8 0-1 0-0 1-2 0 1 0 Weatherspoon 15 1-2 4-4 0-5 0 3 6 Porter 30 3-7 3-5 0-1 2 1 10 Strickland 6 0-1 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 Askins DNP - coach's decision Causwell DNP - coach's decision Conlon DNP - coach's decision Mills DNP - coach's decision Watson DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-70 18-29 8-36 20 20 89 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.471, FT-.621. 3-Point Goals: 5-16, .313 (Majerle 2-4, Walters 1-3, Hardaway 1-6, Porter 1-3). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 6 (Mourning 2, Walters 2, Edwards, Weatherspoon). Turnovers: 7 (Mourning 3, Hardaway 2, Porter). Steals: 7 (Brown 2, Hardaway, Mourning, Porter, Walters, Weatherspoon).

INDIANA (78) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp D Davis 32 2-5 0-0 3-10 0 4 4 Mullin 26 6-11 3-3 2-7 1 0 16 Smits 27 7-11 0-0 1-4 1 3 14 Jackson 24 2-9 0-0 1-4 4 1 4 Miller 34 4-9 3-4 0-1 1 1 11 A Davis 27 0-6 2-4 3-8 0 4 2 Best 24 1-6 0-0 2-3 4 4 3 Perkins 10 1-1 1-2 0-0 2 0 3 Rose 25 6-16 2-2 2-3 1 2 14 Croshere 9 2-2 0-0 0-4 0 0 5 Hoiberg 2 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 2 Harrington DNP - coach's decision Mckey DNP - coach's decision Pope DNP - coach's decision Skelin DNP - coach's decision Workman DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 32-77 11-15 14-44 14 19 78 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.416, FT-.733. 3-Point Goals: 3-10, .300 (Mullin 1-3, Jackson 0-3, Miller 0-1, Best 1-1, Rose 0-1, Croshere 1-1). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 1 (Smits). Turnovers: 13 (Miller 3, Jackson 2, Mullin 2, Rose 2, A Davis, Best, D Davis, Perkins). Steals: 1 (D Davis). ____________________________________________ Miami 25 19 21 24 - 89 Indiana 19 25 18 16 - 78 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Indiana 3 (Head Coach Bird, 3:27 4th; Miller 2 (ejected), 2:49 4th, 1:57 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 15,812. T: 2:06. Officials: Joe Crawford, Ted Bernhardt, Marc Davis.


Game Story

INDIANAPOLIS (Ticker) -- Clarence Weatherspoon scored all six of his points in an 8-0 fourth-quarter run, and the Miami Heat dominated the final period from the foul line en route to an 89-78 victory over the Indiana Pacers.

Indiana scored just four points over the first eight minutes of the fourth quarter, going 2-of-16 from the field during the span. Pacers coach Larry Bird received a technical foul with 3:27 remaining and Reggie Miller received two in a 52-second span, getting ejected with 1:57 to play.

Despite the troubles, the Pacers trailed only 71-66 when Miller hit an 18-footer with 7:41 remaining. But Weatherspoon hit two free throws, and after a jumper by P.J. Brown, connected on two more from the line and followed with a layup that gave the Heat a 79-66 advantage with 4:14 left.

Indiana came no closer than 11 points the rest of the way as the Heat recorded their third straight victory.

"Good win for us," said Heat coach Pat Riley. "We stayed the course and stayed in the game. As long as we play hard and are playing defense ... it was a good win for us. Three games in three nights may take a toll on us. We'll see (Wednesday)."

Miami goes for a three-game sweep in a three-day stretch Wednesday at Detroit.

Brown scored a season-high 22 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Alonzo Mourning tallied 19 and 10 for the Heat, who went 16-of-23 from the foul line in the fourth quarter after attempting only six free throws in the first 36 minutes.

Chris Mullin netted 16 points and Rik Smits and Jalen Rose added 14 apiece for Indiana, which played at home for the first time since a season-opening victory over Washington on February 5.

"It was a frustrating loss, but we must give Miami credit," Rose said. "They came to play and executed and won. We must do a better job of protecting our home court. We must learn to play night in and night out and back-to-back nights is no excuse. We just must do better."

The Pacers went 3-2 on their five-game road trip.

"They got up into us and caused a lot of problems," Bird said. "They took us out of a lot of stuff we wanted to do. To lose at home kind of wipes out what we accomplished on the road. You can make all the excuses you want, but when you let up against a team like Miami, they're going to take advantage."

Tim Hardaway netted 18 points while dishing out nine assists and Erick Strickland contributed 10 points of the bench for the Heat, who shot 47 percent (33-of-70) and connected on 5-of-16 from 3-point range. Miami went 18-of-29 from the foul line.

Miller scored 11 points and Dale Davis pulled down 10 rebounds for Indiana, which held a 44-36 advantage on the boards but shot just 42 percent (32-of-77) and 3-of-10 from beyond the arc.

"We defend people the way we practice," said Mourning. "We don't expect any less. We'd defend each other hard in practice and sometimes it's even harder to score. It's no statement game. You all know how much basketball we still have to play."

Miami turned a 44-44 halftime deadlock into a quick five-point lead by scoring the first five points of the third quarter on a 3-pointer by Hardaway and Dan Majerle's runner with 10:55 left in the period.

The Heat maintained the advantage for more than six minutes but were never able to build on the lead. Majerle's 3-pointer with 7:34 left in the quarter gave them a 56-51 margin, but the Pacers scored six straight points to take a 57-56 lead on Mullin's layup.

Miami still was clinging to a 62-61 advantage after an 18-footer by Mullin with 1:05 left in the quarter, but Brown hit two free throws and Mourning closed the period with a layup to give the Heat a 66-61 bulge entering the fourth.

The Heat then scored the first five points to open the first quarter as Brown hit a 10-footer, Mourning connected on a free throw and Rex Walters hit two from the line. But Miller's jumper shortly thereafter cut the deficit to 71-66.

"That (the fourth quarter) is the way we have to play," Hardaway said. "We've played hard in the four games. We've tried to play with that intensity. I feels good. You have to play with your mind and body and that's the way you have to play everyday."

Pacers forward Derrick McKey did not play due to a sore back.

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