It is safe to say that the Indiana Pacers have had this night circled on their schedule since the Miami Heat eliminated them from the playoffs a season ago.
The Pacers played with playoff-level defensive intensity as they held the Heat to a season-low in points while earning an 87-77 win on Tuesday night in Indianapolis.
The Heat shot decent enough at 41.2 percent from the field, but they only grabbed seven offensive rebounds. Of course, rebounding has turned into a serious issue for the defending champs, and on the game the Pacers killed them on the boards by the tune of 55 to 36.
Check the full box score here.
Player of the Game: Paul George
George was outstanding as he went head-to-head with LeBron James. He finished with 29 points and 11 boards.
This was the first game of a six-game road trip for the Heat. They are now off to Portland for a Thursday night matchup against the Trail Blazers.
The Pacers will host the Knicks on Thursday and the Bobcats on Saturday to wrap up a four-game homestand.