NBA: Pacers rough up Heat again

2013-02-02T00:00:00Z NBA: Pacers rough up Heat againThe Associated Press The Associated Press
February 02, 2013 12:00 am  • 

INDIANAPOLIS - The Indiana Pacers proved one thing Friday night: Beating Miami last month was no fluke.

David West scored 30 points, Paul George added 15, and the Pacers never trailed after the first quarter as they pulled away from the defending NBA champs 102-89 in a game that was even more lopsided than the score.

"We want to be dominant at home, and we're getting there," Pacers coach Frank Vogel said. "David West was spectacular. He has a way of giving us contagious confidence. He has that look that carries over to everyone else where we're not going to lose tonight."

The rest of the Pacers (28-19) had that look, too.

They joined the New York Knicks as the only teams to beat Miami twice this season and have won three straight regular-season games over the Heat.

Miami won the last three games in last spring's Eastern Conference semifinals on their way to winning the NBA crown.

Friday, Indiana beat a team that promised to be more focused, more motivated and more physical than the first time around. None of it mattered.

Indiana shot a season-high 55.7 percent from the field, a number that included 11 straight baskets from West after he missed his first shot of the game.

Five players reached double figures and the Pacers came within three points of matching their highest non-overtime point total of the season (105).

"We have to get better and play better at both ends of the court," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. "Hopefully, we will. They just outplayed us on both ends of the court."

For Miami (29-14), it was a frustrating night.

James finished with his customary 28 points and had six rebounds and three assists. Wade added 17 points, six rebounds and five assists. Bosh had 13 points and only two rebounds, partly because of foul trouble. But the rest of the team combined for just 31 points, 11 from Shane Battier, and 15 rebounds.

• Raptors 98, Clippers 73: In Toronto, Rudy Gay wowed a sellout crowd by scoring 20 points in his Toronto debut, leading the Raptors to a rout of short-handed Los Angeles.

• Celtics 97, Magic 84: In Boston, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett each had a double-double, and the Celtics handed Orlando its eighth straight loss.

• Knicks 96, Bucks 86: In New York, Carmelo Anthony scored 25 points, Amare Stoudemire had 17 points and seven rebounds off the bench, and the Knicks extended their winning streak to four.

• Nets 93, Bulls 89: In New York, Brook Lopez scored 20 points through three quarters, then Brooklyn turned to its bench to beat short-handed Chicago.

• 76ers 89, Kings 80: In Philadelphia, Thaddeus Young had 23 points and 15 rebounds, and Jrue Holiday scored 21 to lead the 76ers.

• Pistons 117, Cavaliers 99: In Auburn Hills, Mich., Brandon Knight had 20 points and 10 assists, and Detroit never trailed.

• Grizzlies 85, Wizards 76: In Memphis, Tenn., Mike Conley scored 18 points and Tayshaun Prince added 14 in his Memphis debut, including a pair of key fourth-quarter jumpers, as the Grizzlies won.

• Nuggets 113, Hornets 98: In Denver, Ty Lawson had 21 points and 13 assists, Andre Iguodala scored 24 and the Nuggets won their sixth straight.

• Jazz 86, Trail Blazers 77: In Salt Lake City, Al Jefferson had 21 points, including two one-handed shots in the lane to clinch the win.

• Lakers 111, Timberwolves 100: In Minneapolis, Pau Gasol had 22 points and 12 rebounds in his return to the starting lineup and Kobe Bryant added 17 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists as Los Angeles beat Minnesota for the 20th straight time.

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