MIAMI | All the Miami Heat banners, reminders of everything from division titles to the 2006 NBA championship, were missing from the rafters Monday night.
Fitting, because the Heat look nothing like champions these days.
Danny Granger had 20 points and 11 rebounds, Brandon Rush added 20 points and the Indiana Pacers added to Miami’s week of woe, beating the Heat 93-77 in the worst shooting game of Dwyane Wade’s career.
Wade finished with three points on 1-for-13 shooting. He had never shot so poorly when taking at least 13 tries, and the point total was the third-lowest of his career. He has been held scoreless twice.
LeBron James scored 25 points and Chris Bosh had 21 points and 11 rebounds for Miami, which learned earlier Monday that top reserve Udonis Haslem will need surgery to repair a torn foot ligament and be out indefinitely.
The Pacers (6-6) had been 0-4 when scoring less than 99 points. Granger hit a pair of 3-pointers 36 seconds apart in the final 2½ minutes to seal it, the last one giving Indiana a 91-75 lead and sending just about everyone who was left in the seats heading to the exits.
Hours after learning Haslem will have surgery Tuesday, the Heat struggled just about every step of the way.
Zydrunas Ilgauskas and Carlos Arroyo each scored 12 for Miami.
Indiana’s reserves outscored their counterparts 40-4. The only Miami reserve to score was Jamaal Magloire, who entered with three points all season.
Here’s a perfect example of how the night went for Miami: With 1:16 left, James and Bosh both leaped for a defensive rebound. They both missed it, both fell over backwards, and the ball went to Indiana.
So over that span, he’s gone a baffling 1 for 22 from the field.
And when Wade got an attempt to finally fall, it didn’t count.
Wade drove into the lane from the right wing midway through the third quarter, tossed up a shot off the board and in — only to have it waved off by Solomon Jones drawing a charge on the play. Wade attacked Jones again on the next Miami possession, got his layup blocked, then got a technical foul out of frustration.