Running thoughts: Pacers 120, Heat 95

Here are my running thoughts from the Pacers’ 120-95 win over the Miami Heat Sunday at AmericanAirlines Arena.

  • The home team has been dominant in this series. The Pacers have won the last 10 in Indy, and lost six straight in Miami.
  • Ike Anigbogu is not with the team; he was assigned to the Mad Ants of the G League and had 13 points and seven rebounds in his debut Saturday night.
  • Glenn Robinson III, who is rehabbing from left ankle surgery, traveled with the team to Miami and watched the game in the locker room – per FSI’s Jeremiah Johnson.
  • Pacers wearing their white (Association) uniforms so the Heat can wear their special black uniforms on Sunday.
  • Didn’t take long for Myles Turner, who was the lone player with an off game in Friday’s win, a 22-point comeback over Detroit. He was just 3 for 13 with seven points. He scored the team’s first four points and made 9 of 10 shots in the first half.
  • It took 14 game minutes for the Pacers to connect on their first 3-pointer, but Bojan Bogdanovic did it. They missed their first six tries while the Heat were 6 for 14 (+18).
  • Dion Waiters whistled for a technical foul with 6:40 left in the half. Victor Oladipo made the free throw.
  • Speaking of Waiters, enjoy this double spin – which resulted in a lay in for Hassan Whiteside.
  • Amazing finish by Darren Collison late in the second. He drove the left side of the lane and did a reverse layup – left to right – to avoid getting blocked by Whiteside. Savvy finish.
  • Strong finish to the half, shooting 55 percent. Turner nailed a 3-pointer for 20 first-half points; then, Thad Young got the steal and hit a jumper to give them a 58-55 lead. Five points in the final 3.1 seconds.
  • The Pacers’ lead ballooned to 18 as they started the third period on a 19-4 run, including 12 straight, forcing several Miami timeouts. Bogdanovic had 11 points in the quarter.
  • Pacers outscored the Heat 32-13 in the third to take a 22-point lead into the fourth! Wow.
  • Best game of the season for Turner and it started in the game’s first minute. He had 25 points, on 11-of-13 shooting, through three quarters – plus seven rebounds and three blocks.
  • We got a smothered chicken from Pacers TV analyst Quinn Buckner  – see below – as Turner rejected his fourth shot of the game.
  • Nate McMillan emptied his bench for the final three minutes with a 26-point advantage.
  • Season highs for Bogdanovic (26) and Turner (25).
  • Turner met with actor Matthew McConaughey, a big UT supporter, after the win. (See below).
  • Pacers, getting their third straight win on the road, are over .500 (9-8) for the first time since Nov. 3.
  • Up next: Pacers play in Orlando against Frank Vogel’s Magic Monday night. Oladipo spent his first three seasons in Orlando. The Magic are 8-8 but have lost four in a row, including a 40-point home loss Saturday to Utah.
  • It will be their first meeting of the season. The Pacers swept the season series last year, so Vogel has yet to defeat his former team.

[Photo: Frank McGrath/PS&E]

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