The Miami Heat turned it over on 18 possessions and only totaled 13 assists in a disappointing performance in which they were edged by the Indiana Pacers, 84-83. Indiana (52-20) picked up the win after falling to the Chicago Bulls on Monday.
Paul George scored 23 points on 8-19 shooting, including 3-6 on 3-point attempts. He also registered 3 steals. David West contributed 13 points and 9 rebounds for Indiana as well. LeBron James had another strong performance for Miami in the loss, putting up 38 points on 11-19 shooting (2-6 on 3-point attempts), in addition to going 14-15 from the free throw line. He also added 8 rebounds and 5 assists.
As expected, the edge on the defensive glass went to the Pacers (83.9% DR%), who took advantage of the Heat 30th-ranked offensive rebounding (20.2% OR% on the season). Meanwhile, the Pacers rank second in the NBA at collecting defensive rebounds with a DR% of 77.1%. The Heat had 13 assists against 18 turnovers for a ratio of .72. This year, they are 0-1 when having more turnovers than assists in a game. Conversely, the Pacers are undefeated (16-0) when holding their opponents below an assist-to-turnover ratio of 1.00.
This drops Miami (48-22) to 1-2 against Indiana on the year.
Coming up next, the Pacers play the Washington Wizards, who are 36-35 on the year. The Heat meet the Detroit Pistons, currently 26-45 this season. The Pacers emerged victorious each of the last two times against Washington. The Heat have won their last two meetings with Detroit.