If this was college basketball, the Pacers would have improved their seeding among teams they picked up a great win last night against the Miami heat. It might have been just a regular season game in March, but this had the feel of a playoff game and the Pacers brought that smash mouth style to this game to get by the Heat 105-90. Sure the Pacers could have brought a good fight and lost, but they needed to show that they want to contend this year, and this helps solidify that case.
Danny Granger led the way for the Pacers with his 25 points. But at different moments, a different guy stepped up. How about Paul George hitting that three pointer from beyond mid court to putting the Pacers up three? Darren Collison having his hands on the ball at different teams when on defense and putting up a breakaway dunk at one point that forced the Heat to call a timeout. How about Roy Hibbert making it look easy against Joel Anthony and then playing defender and swatting away a lay up by Lebron James?
Just a few of the highlights put up by the Pacers in this game, and one that saw the team put together a third quarter where the Pacers outscored the Heat 29-19. Rebounding was another reason this team won this game as they held a 49-33 edge. Turnovers could be another facet to the game as the Pacers forced 17. They just looked to be the more physical team, and the Pacers caught this Heat team coming off a double digit loss, so you would think there would have been more intensity coming from the Heat.
Sure it was regular season game whatever number, but this one could be the one that sticks in the Heat’s memory banks after they were handled by this Pacers team. That can be a factor come playoff team, and these two teams could meet up then. Giving a fighters chance to the Pacers if that happens.