For the second night in a row, the Miami Heat faced another loss on the road, losing by more than ten points to the Indiana Pacers.
Since the All Star break, Miami has played pretty poorly on the road, suffering losses to six out of nine games. Luckily for the Heat, who have won 13 games straight at AmericanAirlines Arena, a majority of the remaining games of the regular season will be hosted at home.
On Monday, the Heat fell to 90-105 against the Pacers who currently are fifth in the Eastern Conference. All five starters for the Pacers scored in double digits, lead by Danny Granger who finished the night with 25 points.
“It’s that time of year for us to hit a little pothole in the road,” said Heat guard Dwyane Wade to the Miami Herald. “We have to make the adjustment before we get back to playing on Thursday.” Wade finished with 24 points, five rebounds and four blocks.
The Heat (35-13) are currently second in the Eastern Conference and were 3-0 entering Monday night’s match up.
“The first two victories were blowouts and the Heat defeated the Pacers in overtime in the third meeting. In the final installment of the season’s series, Indiana was the dominant team,” the Herald reported.
Just as in Sunday night’s loss against the Thunder, the Heat attempted to rally back from a double digit deficit by settling for outside shots and like Sunday, it didn’t work.
“When you play a team four times, a good team is going to figure it out at least one time,” Wade said. “They figured it out tonight, so good for them.”
LeBron James finished with 24 points but shot a lousy 9 of 21 from the field. Since his elbow injury on March 20 against the Phoenix Suns, James hasn’t shot better than 42 percent, reports the Herald.
Wade and company will attempt to redeem themselves back in Miami on Thursday as they face the Dallas Mavericks.