Pacers edge Heat; Shaq hurts ankle
Miami, FL (Sports Network) – Jermaine O’Neal scored 27 points and continuously
hit big shots as the game tightened in the fourth quarter, and the Indiana
Pacers took advantage of a Shaquille O’Neal ankle injury to defeat the Miami
Heat, 105-102, at AmericanAirlines Arena.
Ron Artest, in his second game back from last season’s 73-game suspension, had
22 points, as five Pacers scored in double figures.
Jamaal Tinsley chipped in 13 points and six assists for the Pacers, which
completed a two-game sweep of the Sunshine State, defeating Orlando in their
season opener. Indiana has beaten Miami in 13 of the last 14 regular season
Dwyane Wade had a game-high 31 points and Shaquille O’Neal had 18 points and
six rebounds before he left the game in the fourth quarter with a right ankle
sprain. Shaq is considered day-to-day with his injury.
Udonis Haslem added 14 points and eight rebounds, while Antoine Walker and
Alonzo Mourning had 12 points in the loss.
Both teams shot 48 percent from the floor, but while the Pacers shot 5-of-10
from behind the arc, Miami was a dismal 3-of-16 from three-point range.
The Heat turned the ball over 17 times and outrebounded the Pacers 41-39.