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The Pacers turned ugly into art and embarrassed the Heat 81-75 on Wednesday night at AmericanAirlines Arena. Miami was out-rebounded 53-28. It was the lowest scoring total for the Heat on its home court since the 2009-10 season.
In addition to the rebounding problems, the Heat went 8 of 18 from the free-throw line. The Pacers won despite shooting 37.5 percent from the field and recording more turnovers (16) than assists (13).
Heat coach Erik Spoelstra...
ON THE REBOUNDING: “I’ll have to get to the film, but certainly more block outs and we have to be a gang-rebound team. It can’t be just a one individual and that certainly hurt us tonight. We’re all well aware of that.”
ON THE MISSED FREE THROWS: “These are those types of games that you would really like to see your team to find a way to grind it out when you’re not necessarily in a great rhythm. It’s a defensive game. It’s a grind out game and you like to find a way to win ugly at the end. Whatever, just make some plays. We had some foul trouble. We had some free throw opportunities that we came up short but we still had enough plays to make that we didn’t.”
Heat center Chris Bosh went 3 of 13 for nine points and had two rebounds. He tipped his hat to Pacers center Roy Hibbert after the game.
“Nothing was going my way tonight," Bosh said. “I can’t say that we should’ve had this one because we didn’t play well. We missed free-throws. We didn’t move the ball. We didn’t play well enough to win. We can’t do that and then expect to dig ourselves out of a hole. We’re not that good. We have to play a full game.”