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Those numbers aren’t the only red flags, either. Miami ranks last in the league with 33 points in the paint per game, and Wade had the worst shooting night of his career in the loss to Indiana, 1 for 13 from the field, 1 for 5 from the foul line, a three-point performance.

Wade just stared as the Pacers celebrated in the final seconds Monday, at a level rarely seen in a regular-season game.

“You see guys playing above their heads. There’s no secret about it,” Wade said. “Teams are playing very well against us. There’s a lot of things we have going against us at times, but we’ll figure it out. We understand that we’re a team everyone wants to beat, and when they finally do that, it’s their playoff game. It’s the biggest win of the year, possibly, unless they beat the Lakers.”

So for some help,the Heat are turning to a veteran in Dampier who’s had interest from Charlotte, Phoenix, Houston, Toronto, Portland and Miami in the past two months alone, yet hasn’t been on the court for anyone this season.

For weeks, Dampier had been saying he wanted to be in Miami, and ultimately got that wish. He worked out for Riley and Spoelstra in September, but was not offered a contract. When Haslem got hurt, it didn’t take long for Dampier to reclaim his spot on Miami’s radar screen.

“You’ve got LeBron and D-Wade and Chris Bosh, some of the better players here, if not the best in the league,” Dampier said. “I get a chance to come here, play with these guys and have a chance to win a championship.”

Dampier showed flashes last season with Dallas _ 14 points and 20 rebounds against Houston, 14 points and 18 rebounds against Charlotte, and maybe most notably, a 20-point, 17-rebound effort in Miami last Dec. 11.

But in his last 20 games last season, 12 as a starter, he averaged 3.0 points and 4.9 rebounds, never scoring more than nine points and scoring more than five only twice. Dallas traded him in July to Charlotte, which wiped out the voidable $13 million final season of his deal in a salary-cap move.

The 36-year-old Stackhouse scored 12 points in seven games for Miami, on 3 for 12 shooting. He was in the Heat starting lineup on Saturday in Memphis, a fill-in for Wade, who sat that game out with a sprained left wrist.