Miami Heat Torch Indiana Pacers 118-83 in Miami

G. HealyCorrespondent IIJanuary 4, 2012

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The Indiana Pacers entered Wednesday night's game with momentum, while the Miami Heat was looking to find some. The Heat had found what they were looking for and more, as they destroyed the Pacers 118-83 in front of their hometown crowd.

The Pacers, coming off a solid outing against the Nets Monday night, found their shot early and were able to keep up with the up tempo Heat.

Down by two going into the second quarter, the Pacers appeared to be making a game of it. However, things changed quickly as the second quarter progressed.

The Pacers made only one field goal in the second quarter, and were one for 15 overall in the quarter. The Heat capitalized on their offensive drought and brought a 62-39 lead into halftime.

The Heat, led by Lebron James, who posted a double-double with 33 points and 13 assists, took over in the third quarter.

The Pacers attempted a small rally to start the half, but the Heat ended the third quarter in complete control 88-66.

The Pacers could not get it going after their demoralizing second quarter. Paul George saw 40 minutes of action, the most of any Pacer. He was only able to post 13 points, shooting four for 11 on the night.

In a game where there was obviously a more talented team opposing them, the Pacer's needed a scorer to step up. Instead they were left looking for such a player by the end of the game.

The team captain and lead scorer Danny Granger was held to six points on the night. He finished the game on the bench and he looked disappointed.

Miami has now won seven out of their last eight against the Pacers. Surprisingly, they dominated this game without star Dwyane Wade.

Next up for the Pacers is a third-straight road game against another tough team, the Boston Celtics on Friday. This loss moves the Pacers to 4-2 on the season.

The Heat will travel to Atlanta tomorrow night to seek revenge against the team that handed them their first loss.

Tonight's game against the Pacers was a heck of a warm up as the Heat appears to be operating on all cylinders. They are now 6-1 on the year.