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Goran Dragic’s go-ahead floater gives Miami the victory over Indiana

The Miami Heat survived Friday night from a late scare against the Indiana Pacers as Goran Dragic hit a clutch go-ahead floater with 06.8 seconds left to give Miami a one-point lead. Guard Aaron Holiday missed a last-second game-winner as Miami increased its home record to an NBA best 14-1. Miami’s last possession featured 3 offensive rebounds with the last shot ultimately being the Goran Dragic game-winner, with the final score being 113-112.

PACERS BOX SCORE:

POSPLAYERMINPTSREBASTSTLBLKFGFT
PFSabonis
31
8
7
4
2
04-11
0-0
SFWarren
3116
4
2
1
05-12
5-5
CTurner
2613
6
1
005-9
0-0
PGA. Holiday
30
173
9
007-15
2-2
SGLamb
30
16
41
02
6-11
3-3
SFJ. Holiday30
11
1
1
2
04-8
0-0
SFMcDermott
2171
2
00
5-10
0-0
CBitadze
4
0
0
0
0
00-0
0-0
PGSumner18
11
4
1
004-110-0
PGMcConnell
18646103-70-2

HEAT BOX SCORE:

POSPLAYERMINPTSREBASTSTLBLKFGFT
PFLeonard19020000-50-0
SFButler332096103-1114-15
SFRobinson 281832006-110-0
CAdebayo3618156008-102-2
SGNunn281744007-140-0
PFOlynyk17950103-40-0
SFJones Jr.27761023-91-2
PGDragic291436106-140-0
SGHerro221094004-110-0
(Photo Credit: Wilfredo Lee, AP)

Miami’s Positives Tonight:

Miami dominated the rebounds, with 56 compared to Indiana’s 34. Bam Adebayo led the boards with 15 rebounds, 6 being offensive rebounds including one in the final possession to win the game. Miami also kept Sabonis from getting hot as he didn’t even attempt a three-pointer all game. Miami also limited it’s fouls and limited Indiana to only 12 free-throws tonight. Miami shot 42% from the three-point line with Duncan Robinson hitting 6 of the 16 they made tonight.

Miami’s Negatives Tonight:

Unlike the Pacers, the Heat failed to take care of the ball, finishing with 13 turnovers compared to Indiana’s 3. Those 13 turnovers could impact the result of a game against any top Eastern Conference team. It is important they stay below 10 turnovers a game and don’t stay comfortable with that amount of missed opportunities to score throughout the season.

Miami increases their record to 23-8 and Indiana falls to 21-11. Miami’s next opponent will be tomorrow as they face the Philadelphia 76ers as they look to defend home court in a season series that is currently tied at 1-1. Indiana will also play tomorrow as they travel to New Orleans as they take on Jrue Holiday and the Pelicans.

Michael Yero covers all of South Florida’s major pro teams, along with high school sports for 305 Sports. He also covers sports for Immaculata-La Salle High School’s student newspaper, the Royal Courier.

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