Friday, February 1st at 7:00 PM EST at Bankers Life Fieldhouse
Game Preview: IND vs. MIA
by Scott Agness | January 30, 2013
The Miami Heat, playing their third game in a four-game road trip, make their second and final visit of the regular season to Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Friday in a much-anticipated matchup airing in front of the country on ESPN.
The Heat have won five of their past six games with a lone loss to Boston, even without Rajon Rondo, on Sunday in double-overtime. With a 29-13 record, they’ve sat alone atop the Eastern Conference standings for the majority of the season. Their record would be much better if not for a middle-of-the-road 11-10 record away from their own building. They have a four-game lead on the Pacers, but will likely play with an axe to grind after getting outplayed in the previous meeting between these two teams.
Another obvious weakness for the Heat is rebounding where they are 30th, yes last, in the NBA. In the first meeting between these two teams, the Pacers pulled down 19 more rebounds in their win. In an attempt to fix their problems on the glass, the Heat signed Chris Andersen to a second 10-day contract and Jarvis Varnado for the rest of the season.
The Heat average over 102 points per game and are shooting a league-best 49 percent from the field. As usual, Paul George will have the tough job of defending LeBron James, who’s the fourth-highest scorer in the league, averaging 26.6 points while adding about eight rebounds and seven assists a game. On the other end, James will challenge George, who got the best of him in January with 29 points. Dwyane Wade is scoring about 21 points per game and Ray Allen, the Heat's big offseason signing, averages 12 points and is shooting 43 percent from behind the arc.
Pacers: Danny Granger (out, left knee)
"They're going to remember (last meeting). They're going to bring it. They're playing better basketball now than I think they were now then. They've tightened the ship up a little bit." – Frank Vogel on facing the Heat
"They get after it and beat you in so many ways. We definitely want to try to pound the glass as much as possible but it really comes down to turning the ball over. If we limit our turnovers like we did in game one, that limits their ability to get out on the break and that's our best defense against them." – Frank Vogel
"We've been playing great ball here. Every time we step out, we expect to win and that's just the confidence that we've just been playing at, regardless of whom we are playing." – Paul George on playing at home
"I expect the (Heat) to really be dialed in help side and try to be physical and force me to get out of my comfort zone. Again, that's something I would do, so I expect it from (LeBron) but I'm going to bring it at the same level and try to get the best of him again." – Paul George what he expects defensively from LeBron and the Heat
- The Pacers have won 12 straight games at home.
- The Heat are 9-1 this season when their bench outscores the opponent's bench.
- Both the Pacers and Heat will be wearing Hardwood Classic uniforms. See Pacers Jerseys »
In their first meeting with the Heat since being knocked out of the second round of last year’s NBA playoffs, the Pacers came ready to fight and defeated Miami 87-77 in the midst of four straight wins. They end the third quarter with an 18-4 run and never surrendered the lead after that.
Paul George outplayed the reigning MVP LeBron James. He scored 29 points and grabbed 11 rebounds while holding James to 22, five below his season average. Lance Stephenson added 13 points and D.J. Augustin scored four points, registered eight assists and went without a turnover in 25 minutes.
Ray Allen failed to score for just the second time in his 17 years in the league. The Pacers held the Heat, who averaged 103 points per game, to a season-low 77 points.
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TV: ESPN – Mark Jones (play-by-play), Jon Barry (analyst). FOX Sports Indiana – Chris Denari (play-by-play), Quinn Buckner (analyst), Brooke Olzendam (sideline reporter/host)
Radio: 1070 The Fan – Pacers Radio Network - Mark Boyle (play-by-play), Slick Leonard (analyst), Kevin Lee (sideline reporter/host)
Some tickets are still available for the Pacers' final home matchup with the Miami Heat this season on Friday, February 1 at 7:00 PM. Find Tickets »