PACERS 94, HEAT 87: The Miami Heat beat the Indiana Pacers 94-87, rebounding from losses in the first two games of their NBA second-round playoff series to extend their home winning streak to 17 games.
Dwyane Wade scored 25 points for the Heat, who had lost 11 straight games to the Pacers over the past three seasons.The Heat will host Game 4 of the best-of-seven National Basketball Association playoff series on Wednesday. Miami's last loss at American Airlines Arena was March 2 against Toronto.
Indiana, the top seed in the Eastern Conference and the first team in NBA history to open the playoffs with six straight double-digit wins, took a 20-14 lead after one quarter.
The Heat then outscored the Pacers 25-15 in the second quarter, sparked by 10 points from Malik Allen off the bench, to take a 39-35 halftime lead.
The Pacers briefly regained the lead, 71-70, with 6:13 left in the game, but Miami answered with a 9-1 run and stayed in front the rest of the way. Indiana was held without a field goal for nearly 10 1/2 minutes in the fourth quarter before a flurry of four 3-pointers in the final 1:34.
Lamar Odom added 16 points for the Heat, while Allen had 13 points and Eddie Jones and Caron Butler each scored 12.
Jermaine O'Neal had 29 points and nine rebounds to lead the Pacers, while Jamaal Tinsley scored 16 points. Ron Artest had 14 points on 4-of-18 shooting.
PRICE IS WRONG: The last two games haven't been the best for Tayshaun Prince.
He has scored six points combined in Games 2 and 3 against New Jersey, and his opponent at small forward, Richard Jefferson, has scored 49. Jefferson scored a career playoff-high 30 in Sunday's victory.
This matchup drew scrutiny even before the series began because of Prince's struggles against the Nets during the regular season, when he averaged 5.3 points to Jefferson's 21.5.
Heading into Game 4 tonight, Prince is averaging 7.0 in the playoffs against New Jersey and shooting 6-for-20. Jefferson is averaging 19.0 points.