David West scores 30, Pacers beat Heat 102-89Posted by Inside Hoops
Indiana did it again Friday night.
And this time, the Pacers beat Miami at its own game.
David West scored 30 points, Paul George added 17 and Indiana became the second team to beat the defending champs twice this season with a 102-89 victory.
The Pacers (28-19) have won 13 in a row at home and two straight since ending a three-game losing streak earlier this week. They’ve also won three straight regular-season games over the Heat and have not lost to Miami since the Heat swept the final three games of the Eastern Conference semifinal series last spring.
For Miami (29-14), it was a frustrating night. While players and coaches promised to play a more physical game than the first one, the 87-77 loss on Jan. 8 also at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, it didn’t make much difference.
The Heat still got outrebounded, and allowed the Pacers to shoot a season-high 55.7 percent from the field. During one stretch, West made 11 straight baskets.
How frustrating was it? Three different Miami players and coach Erik Spoelstra drew technical fouls.
– Reported by Michael Marot of the Associated Press