Goran Dragic out vs. Pacers with black eye, injury worsens

He became the first player to score 11,000 points with the Raptors.

The Pacers and Heat are both in the top 10 in the National Basketball Association in 3-point shooting.

But Indiana managed to cool the Heat on Sunday night, taking care of business at home against a Miami squad playing on the second night of a back-to-back and without starting point guard Goran Dragić, sidelined with an orbital contusion around his right eye sustained in a win over Toronto on Saturday.

Center Hassan Whiteside led the Heat with 26 points and 21 rebounds, with guards Dion Waiters and Wayne Ellington adding 20 and 19 points, respectively.

The 102-98 triumph was big for IN (34-32), which entered the game just 1 1/2 games ahead of the Heat (32-35), who are on the doorstep of the Eastern Conference playoffs following their recent success. Had the Heat won, they would have moved into No. 8 and within a half-game of the Pacers, who remain at No. 6 in the East.

The Heat entered having won the previous four games in the series, after losing the previous three.

The Raptors trailed by as many as 25 and lost Patrick Patterson with 9:55 left, after he was ejected following Toronto's fifth technical of the night.

The Heat's hot streak will be put to the test in a building they haven't played well in.

George then stepped into a 20-foot jumper for a 95-94 Pacers lead, countered by a Waiters jumper for a 96-95 Heat lead. But Indiana got clutch plays late from Jeff Teague and Myles Turner. Teague then blocked a Whiteside attempt on one end, with Myles Turner forcing his way to the line with 1:38 left, converting both for a 99-96 IN lead. With the Heat focusing on George, his passes created the scoring opportunities for Turner. Turner added 15 points and eight rebounds, Young had 13 points and five boards, and Teague chipped in 12 points and four assists. Just three months ago, the Heat were 11-30 and statistically had a 0.03 percent chance of making the postseason. The Pacers held the Heat to just five points in the final 4 minutes.

The Heat rallied in the fourth quarter.

Raptors: Host Dallas on Monday, the start of a two-game homestand.

  • Julie Sanders