INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Duncan Robinson and Jimmy Butler helped Miami rally from a 13-point first-half deficit by spurring a decisive eight-point fourth-quarter run to give the Heat a 92-87 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday night.
Robinson finished with 20 points and Butler added 18 as Miami avoided getting swept in the three-game season series with the Pacers. The Heat have won two straight since ending a four-game losing streak.
Miami spent most of the night playing catch-up and finally overtook Indiana when Robinson made his fifth and sixth 3-pointers of the night for a 79-78 lead with 7:44 to go. After trading baskets and the lead for several possessions, Butler and Robinson swung the game with three straight buckets and Bam Adebayo‘s 7-footer with 1:06 left made it 89-82.
The Heat’s defense took care of the rest — allowing just five points over the final 6:49.
Indiana led 45-32 in the second quarter but Miami scored the final 11 points of the half to get within 45-43. The Pacers answered by scoring the first 13 points of the second half then gave up 11 straight as the Heat pulled within 58-54 midway through the third and got as close as 67-65 after three. Indiana couldn’t put it away.
Heat: Two-time All-Star Victor Oladipo did not play against his former team. He’s expected to make his debut Thursday. … Adebayo finished with 16 points, extending his career-long streak of consecutive double-figure games to 34. He also had eight rebounds and seven assists. … Robinson also had eight rebounds. Tyler Herro had 17 points.
Pacers: At 21-25, the Pacers are under .500 at their latest point in the season since being 39-40 in 2016-17. … Jeremy Lamb sat out with a sprained right toe. … Turner finished with six rebounds and three blocks despite picking up his fifth foul with 6:05 left in the third quarter. … T.J. McConnell had 11 points, seven rebounds and five assists. … LeVert had six assists and four steals.
Heat: Begin a four-game homestand Thursday against Golden State.
Pacers: Host Charlotte on Friday.