INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Jermaine was the dominant O'Neal on
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
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
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."
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
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
There were five lead changes and eight more ties before O'Neal's
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.