MIAMI – The road would tell a different story for the Pacers in their quest to show they belong with the defending NBA Champions.
In a pair of games in Indianapolis on January 8th and February 1st, Frank Vogel’s team controlled the tempo against the Miami Heat on their way to a pair of wins.
But a trip to South Florida was a chance for LeBron James and Co. to flex their Eastern Conference muscle against their up-and-coming opponents-and indeed they did.
This time it was the Heat who controlled the game against the Pacers en route to a 105-91 victory in Miami, one that puts the Pacers into third place in the conference and 9 1/2 games behind their opponents on Sunday. Miami also picked up their 18th consecutive victory.
Guard Mario Chalmers led all scorers with 26 points while Chris Bosh had 24 and Dewayne Wade 23 points as the Heat took a ten-point first half lead and maintained it the rest of the way.
David West was the bright spot for the Pacers with 24 points as the team 39-24 on the season. They will be back on the court Wednesday to face the Timberwolves at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.