One quarter was all it took for the Heat to drop Friday’s game.
Despite outscoring the Pacers by eight over the first, third and fourth quarters, Miami (6-9) just couldn’t overcome a rough second period in a 99-91 loss to Indiana (9-6) at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. It marked the Heat’s seventh loss in 10 games.
The Heat started the second quarter with a nine-point lead and ended it in a seven-point hole. The Pacers began the period on a 26-5 run and went on to outscore the Heat 32-16 during the 12-minute stretch.
The 16 points Miami scored tied a season-low for points in a quarter, matching the 16 it scored in the first quarter of its Oct. 24 home win over the Knicks.
The Heat kept fighting, cutting the Pacers’ lead to three multiple times in the second half. That included a 7-0 run to cut Indiana’s lead to three with 1:27 to play, but the Pacers closed the game on a 7-2 run to hold on for the victory.
Tyreke Evans led Indiana with a team-high 23 points off the bench.
Josh Richardson scored a game-high 28 for the Heat and made 7 of 10 threes. But the rest of the the team combined to shoot 32.5 percent from the field, as it finished with a season-low 91 points.
On top of a shaky offensive performance, Miami’s turnover woes continues. The Heat, which entered averaging the fourth-most turnovers in the league at 16.8, committed 18 turnovers Friday.
The Heat was without James Johnson (sports hernia surgery), Dion Waiters (left ankle surgery) and Dwyane Wade (personal reasons).
Up next for the Heat is a Sunday matchup with LeBron James and the Lakers at AmericanAirlines Arena to begin a quick two-game homestand. Miami is 3-5 at home this season.