Miami Heat vs. Indiana Pacers: Postgame Grades and Analysis for Miami

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Miami Heat vs. Indiana Pacers: Postgame Grades and Analysis for Miami
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The Miami Heat fell to the Indiana Pacers by a final score of 87-77 Tuesday night, and all of the biggest issues facing LeBron James and his team were on full display.

Miami struggled to generate good looks against a stifling Pacers D, got zero production from the bench and, worst of all, suffered a massive beatdown on the boards.

Dwyane Wade kept Miami in the game during the first half, scoring 23 points on 8-of-12 shooting, but things quickly fell apart after the break.

The boards have been a problem for Miami all year, but Indiana absolutely dominated on the glass, out-rebounding the Heat by a margin of 55-36. Worse still, the Pacers pulled down 22 offensive boards, which helped offset a pedestrian shooting night overall.

Put another way, there was some serious volleyball being played on the offensive boards, and the Heat weren't involved.

The other key story in this one was Paul George's brilliant performance. The Pacers swing man played good defense on James, forcing seven turnovers. And even though George's final total of 29 points looks great, the number doesn't do justice to the way he attacked Jame head on in the third quarter. The game was decided in that period, and George was right in the middle of it.

Miami moves to 23-10 with the loss, while the Pacers hop up to 21-14 with the impressive victory.

Avert your eyes, Heat fans. These grades aren't going to be pretty.

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