Final / OT

Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 4)

Series starts 1/21

Game 1: Friday, January 21st
Game 2: Wednesday, February 23rd
Game 3: Thursday, March 31st
Game 4: Sunday, April 17th

Heat 91

(40-16, 18-11 away)

Pacers 93

(27-26, 15-12 home)

Coverage: FSMW

7:00 PM ET, February 23, 2005

Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN

1 2 3 4 OT T
MIA 21 20 22 24 491
IND 27 20 19 21 693

Top Performers

Mia: D. Wade 38 Pts, 4 Reb, 8 Ast, 5 Stl

Ind: J. O'Neal 29 Pts, 14 Reb, 1 Ast, 5 Blk

Shaq misses game in Indianapolis

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Jermaine was the dominant O'Neal on Wednesday night.

With injured Shaquille O'Neal watching from Miami's bench, Indiana's Jermaine O'Neal scored all three Pacers baskets in overtime, including a turnaround jumper from the baseline with 11 seconds remaining, in a 93-91 victory over the Heat.

"They may be a little more fluid without him in there," Jermaine O'Neal said. "When he's there, it's a big challenge for the big guys. Without him, they do a lot of things they don't usually do. But I knew I could get a shot over whichever guys they had."

O'Neal finished with 29 points, 14 rebounds and five blocked shots as the Pacers won their fourth straight and their 11th in a row over the Heat.

Shaquille O'Neal, who injured his knee in an overtime loss at Chicago on Tuesday night, is scheduled for an MRI in Miami on Thursday. He was on the sideline Wednesday as the Eastern Conference-leading Heat rallied from a 14-point deficit in the second quarter.

Miami pulled to 66-63 after three quarters and caught the Pacers in the closing minutes of regulation.

"Tonight was a game I felt was going to be equally tough with or without Shaq," Pacers coach Rick Carlisle said.

"We were fortunate that Shaq was out, but you never want to see a guy that means this much to our league not playing," Carlisle said. "I know a lot of our fans were disappointed not to get a chance to see him, but these things happen. You hope you can pull it together and win. We did, and we're very pleased about that."

Dwyane Wade had 38 points, one point short of his career high set in November against Utah, and scored nine in the final eight minutes of the fourth quarter.

"We have two tough losses the last two nights, but if one play goes the other way, we're winning those games," Wade said. "We have a lot of confidence in ourselves, and we know when Shaq comes back, we are a better team."

Two free throws by Jermaine O'Neal put Indiana ahead 87-85 with 32 seconds left, but Damon Jones scored on a goaltending call against O'Neal with 18 seconds to go, sending the game to overtime.

After O'Neal's first basket in the extra period, Miami took the lead 91-89 on a rebound tip by Udonis Haslem and two free throws by Wade. O'Neal then tied the game at 91 and rebounded a miss by Wade to set up the winning basket.

"It was drawn up for me to go strong-side and then go weak-side and post up over Haslem," O'Neal said. "I had a couple of inches on him. From that side, it was just me and the backboard. I took the shot and made it."

A desperation shot by Wade went off the rim at the buzzer.

"It felt good," Wade said. "I bobbled the ball a little bit and tried to get it off in time. ... It came up a little short."

Reggie Miller added 23 points for Indiana and Stephen Jackson finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds.

Jones had 17 points for the Heat, while Haslem added 11 points and a career-high 18 rebounds.

Miami coach Stan Van Gundy said Wade "was phenomenal."

"He was great, attacking, making plays, making jump shots. He was by far the best player on the floor."

Wade, scoring in double figures for a career-high 31st straight game, was the focus of the Heat's offense with Shaq on the sideline. He had six early points as Miami jumped ahead 11-4 and five more the rest of the first quarter before the Pacers took control.

A 3-pointer and two free throws by Miller tied the game, then O'Neal gave Indiana its first lead less than a minute later. There was one more lead change and one more tie before a pair of free throws by Jackson put the Pacers in front.

Jackson added a 3-pointer and O'Neal scored on a dunk as the Pacers finished the quarter with a 10-3 run and a 27-21 lead.

Indiana built the lead to 14 points midway through the second period before three baskets by Michael Doleac, who started in place of Shaq, keyed a 13-3 run that brought the Heat within four. A basket by O'Neal with a second remaining gave Indiana a 47-41 lead at halftime.

There were five lead changes and eight more ties before O'Neal's winning basket.

Game notes

It was just the second start in 55 games this season for Doleac, who played with New York and Denver last year and had a high of 16 points this season against Chicago three weeks ago. ... The Pacers beat the Heat 106-100 in overtime in Miami. They have two more regular-season matchups. ... Miami was 10-0 this season on Wednesday nights before this game. ... Indiana center Jeff Foster left the game late in the first quarter with back spasms and did not return. ... Indiana's four straight wins matches its longest winning streaks of the season and puts the Pacers (27-26) above .500 for the first time in a month.

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Team Stat Comparison

Points 91 93
FGM-FGA 32-81 (.395) 33-82 (.402)
3PM-3PA 3-14 (.214) 6-25 (.240)
FTM-FTA 24-31 (.774) 21-24 (.875)
Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 14-47 9-46
Assists 14 22
Turnovers 12 14
Steals 8 9
Blocks 2 6
Fast Break Points 13 10
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 23 (3/0) 24 (2/0)
Largest Lead 7 14

Top Performers

Dwyane Wade Wade
Points: 38
Reb: 4
Ast: 8
Stl: 5
Blk: 0
Jermaine O'Neal O'Neal
Points: 29
Reb: 14
Ast: 1
Stl: 0
Blk: 5