Heat start road trip against Pacers
(Sports Network) – The defending champion Miami Heat open a three-game road
trip this evening against the Indiana Pacers at Conseco Fieldhouse.
Miami ended a two-game losing streak with Monday’s 101-83 win over the New
York Knicks at AmericanAirlines Arena. The Heat played without guard Dwyane
Wade and Shaquille O’Neal versus New York, but Jason Kapono scored 13 of his
22 points during a franchise-record 27-point run in the first quarter to lead
Wade missed the contest with a sprained left ankle, while O’Neal sat out his
34th consecutive game as he recovers from knee surgery. Wade is considered
day-to-day, while O’Neal is expected to return any time soon.
Jason Williams added 20 points and seven assists, while Udonis Haslem had 19
points and 10 boards for Miami, which will try to improve its 9-12 road record
this season. Gary Payton tallied 10 points, a season-high 13 assists and six
boards in the winning cause.
The Heat will also visit New York and Chicago on its road swing.
Indiana, meanwhile, will continue a four-game homestand on Wednesday. The
Pacers are 1-1 on the homestand and ended a four-game slide with Monday’s
98-91 victory over the Bulls.
Jermaine O’Neal had 22 points and 10 rebounds, while Danny Granger contributed
19 points and Darrell Armstrong 16 points, eight rebounds and 10 assists for
the Pacers, who are 11-7 at Conseco Fieldhouse this season. They will wrap up
the stand versus Toronto on Saturday.
Pacers guard Jamaal Tinsley (back) is questionable for Wednesday’s game.
Wednesday’s game between Indiana and Miami is the second of four meetings this
season. The Heat posted a 104-101 win over Indiana in South Beach on January
18 this season, but the Pacers have won 14 of 17 and 15 of the last 21
Miami has lost eight straight and nine of its last 10 at Indiana.