Miami was just getting started.
That led to Indiana’s second timeout of the quarter.
And a couple of minutes later, the Pacers were up to more timeouts taken since halftime (three) than points scored (two). Indiana’s first field goal of the half came when Bosh was called for goaltending on a shot by Luis Scola with 6 minutes left.
“We just stalled out,” West said.
Hibbert, the 7-foot-2 center who has simply toyed with Miami plenty of times in the clubs’ recent meetings, played 16 first-half minutes with basically nothing to show for his time. He went into the break with no field-goal attempts and no rebounds - the first time he’s ever logged that many minutes in a half without at least one shot or board.
“We’ve got to get more from him,” Vogel said.
Indiana scored 13 straight points, getting within 76-67. But Evan Turner was whistled for a technical after arguing a non-call from two possessions earlier, Allen made a free throw to end the Heat drought, and that started a 9-0 rebuttal run by the Heat.
Rashard Lewis ended that spurt with a dunk, good enough to earn him a chest-bump from James moments later, and Miami was up by 18 again. A few minutes later, the game was over, the standings had flipped and Miami was on top.
“I would love to see us play with this intensity, to our identity, tomorrow night,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “If we do that, the results seem to take care of themselves.”
NOTES: Miami kept Dwyane Wade (hamstring) out for the ninth straight game, and Greg Oden was still sidelined by back spasms. … Haslem is Miami’s all-time leader in offensive rebounds, grabbing the 1,506th of his career in the second quarter. … From the Department of Go Figure: Miami went 0-4 against Brooklyn, Indiana went 4-0 against Brooklyn, so the Heat and Pacers went 2-2 against each other.