The Indiana Pacers called this a championship game to them, and they performed like it, defeating the Heat 90-84 to drop the Heat to 16-6.
For the Heat, LeBron James scored 17 points, to go along with 14 rebounds and 6 assists. Dwyane Wade also scored 17 points, in addition to 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Chris Bosh added 12 points.
For the Pacers, Roy Hibbert led all scorers with 24 points. Paul George and David West each chipped in 17 points.
This game was a tale of two halves. The Heat looked strong on offense and attentive on defense in the first half, as they jumped out to an 13-point lead, finishing the half with a 10-point advantage. The second half bought the lethargic effort and performance we’ve seen time and time again from the Heat. Suddenly, the offense became stagnant, the defense fell asleep time and time again, and the Pacers made the Heat pay.
This game was a big game on the schedule, as these two teams are the best in the Eastern Conference. Although it’s “JUST” a regular season game in December, it served as a chance for the Heat to make a statement. Instead, it was the Pacers that drew first blood.
The Heat are back home on Saturday, to take on the Cleveland Cavaliers (8-13). The tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 pm.