FOR SO MUCH of the night, just about everything was going wrong for Miami. The Heat players were missing every three-pointer, arguing plenty of calls, even screaming at one another.
Then one quick burst changed everything.
Dwyane Wade scored 32 points, LeBron James added 24 on a sore left ankle, and Chris Bosh and Ray Allen connected on huge three-pointers within a 31-second span down the stretch. It all added up to the Heat erasing a 15-point deficit in the final 18 minutes to beat the visiting Indiana Pacers, 97-94, last night.
"It shows we're a team that's been there before," Wade said. "No matter what the score is, we always feel we have an opportunity to win the game."
So even when Indiana led 68-53 midway through the third quarter, hope remained.
And even when James and Mario Chalmers were getting in a heated exchange during one particularly bleak stretch - James said afterward that he was wrong, and Chalmers said the matter was forgotten - the Heat didn't fall apart.
Paul George scored 25 points for Indiana but missed a three-pointer that would have tied it with 4 seconds left, and insisted afterward that he was fouled by James on the play.
David West had 23 points and Lance Stephenson added 13 for the Pacers, who have dropped two straight and saw their lead over Miami in the Eastern Conference trimmed to one game.
In other games
* At Milwaukee, Carmelo Anthony scored 29 points, including the Knicks' final eight in the second overtime as New York defeated the Bucks, 107-101.
* At Orlando, Trey Burke had a career-high 30 points as the Utah Jazz held off the Magic, 86-82. Orlando had a chance to tie the game, but Jameer Nelson's layup rolled off the rim with 3 seconds left.
* At Toronto, Kemba Walker hit a buzzer-beating jump shot in overtime and the Charlotte Bobcats beat the Raptors, 104-102.
* At Atlanta, Kyle Korver made seven consecutive three-point attempts on his way to a season-high 28 points, leading the Hawks to a 124-107 victory over the Sacramento Kings.
* At Boston, Brandon Jennings scored 28 points, making a three-pointer with 46.7 seconds left, and the Detroit Pistons held on for a 107-106 win over the Celtics.
* At New York, John Wall scored 21 points to lead the Washington Wizards to a 113-107 victory over the Brooklyn Nets.
* At Minneapolis, Nikola Pekovic scored 30 points and Kevin Love added 29 points, 15 rebounds and nine assists as the Minnesota Timberwolves downed the Portland Trail Blazers, 120-109.
* At Dallas, Dirk Nowitzki had 20 points to lead the Mavericks over Memphis, 105-91.
* At Phoenix, Manu Ginobili scored 24 points to lead the San Antonio Spurs to a 108-101 win over the Suns.
* At Houston, Dwight Howard scored 23 points and James Harden and Chandler Parsons added 19 each as the Rockets used a big third-quarter run to pull away for a 109-94 win over the Chicago Bulls.
* At Los Angeles, Blake Griffin had 21 points and 10 rebounds, and DeAndre Jordan had 14 points and 20 rebounds as the Clippers beat the New Orleans Pelicans, 108-95, for their third straight win.
* Washington guard Glen Rice had surgery on a broken right wrist and will be sidelined 3 to 6 weeks.