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article imageNBA: Wade scores 41 to lead the Heat over Pacers 110-103

By Kristofor Molson     Feb 16, 2011 in Sports
Indianapolis - When a game starts off like this you expect it to be a blowout, but in the end it was closer than expected. The Heat's Dwayne Wade caught fire to begin the game, but later cooled off as the Pacers fought back. The win gives the Heat the season series 3-1
The game was dominated by Wade and the Miami Heat (40-15) in the first quarter as they took on the Indiana Pacers (24-29) for their first and last visit to Conseco Field House this season. The series was tied 1-1 with the Pacers giving the Heat their worst home loss of the season 93-77.
Wade opened up the game scoring 16 points in 5:05 minutes including a high arcing 2-pointer that just swished in and the Miami bench went wild. Wade attached the basket at will and looked like he was on pace to score almost 60 points. Wade went to the free-throw line three times in under six minutes and two of them were 3-point plays. He finished the quarter with 22 points of his own, and had 20 of the Heats first 24 points to start the quarter.
Bosh even had a three point play where he drove the length of the court after dribbling the ball behind his back for a layup that also had the Miami bench go wild. Wade then threw a baseball past to James for a alley-hoop layup from other end of the court. The Heat shot 71 percent in the first quarter and outrebounded the Pacers 15-6.
The Heat opened the quarter on a 35-13 run scoring at will and forcing the Pacers into turnovers after poor shots. They finished scoring 49 points in the quarter to the Pacers 19. The 49 points is the most the Heat has scored in a quarter this season and the biggest points disparity in a quarter this season.
The bench helped the Pacers bounce back in the second quarter as the team shoot 64 percent in the second quarter alone. The Heat only scored 17 points in the fourth quarter as the Pacers put together some good spurts to get back into the game. A 25-13 run put the Pacers down by ten at the 4:05 mark. The Pacers then went on a 10-4 run to close out the quarter only down by four 58-54.
Dwyane Wade had a game high 41 points with 31 coming in the first half. He also had 12 rebounds and three assists for the game. LeBron James scored 27 points and had six rebounds and five assists for the game, and Chris Bosh chipped in with 22 points and eight rebounds. No one else for the Heat scored over ten points, but they did not have to as the “Big 3” combined for 90 points tonight giving them the second highest combined total this year.
The Pacers bench is what got them back in it as Tyler Hansbrough and Paul George came up big tonight. Hansbrough had 16 points while George helped out with 14 points bring the only bench players to score in double digits. Roy Hibbert had a nice game tonight and tried to keep the Pacers in it with 18 points and seven rebounds, and Danny Granger had 14 points and nine rebounds.
The Heat led going into the third, but the Pacers fought back to take the lead. The Pacers went on a 19-3 run to take the lead 69-73 at the 5:20 mark, but it did not last long as the Heat got back ahead 74-73 a couple of minutes later. The Pacers bounced back to tie the game at 79, and then took the lead to end the third quarter 83-81.
The way the game started you never expected it to be this close entering the final quarter, but it was and the Heat looked to close it out early tying it up at 89. The Heat then took the lead and did not look back as they did not trail again for the rest of the game. There was not much the Pacers could do as the Heat picked up their defense and held them to 6 of 23 in the final period.
The rebounding margin did not stay as big as it was in the first quarter with the Pacer getting 45 to the Heat’s 50. The Heat finished with more turnovers at 13 to their 11, and had less assists Heat 15 and the Pacers 19.
This is both of their last games before the All-Star break, but the Miami’s “Big 3” will not have much of a break as all three will be playing in the All-Star game.
The Pacers are now 7-2 under new Coach Frank Vogel with both of the losses coming at the hands of the Heat. The Pacers are sitting at the eighth and final playoff spot in the Easter Conference.
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