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Evans scores 23 points to lead Pacers past Heat 99-91

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Tyreke Evans came off the bench and provided the spark that Indiana Pacers coach Nate McMillan knew he was capable of.

Evans hit five 3-pointers and scored a season-high 23 points in leading the Pacers to a 99-91 victory over the Miami Heat on Friday night.

''When I come in with the second unit, I have to bring it,'' Evans said. ''I was just being aggressive, making the right pass, taking the open 3 and attacking the glass. I wasn't thinking or second guessing.''

He also set a season-high with 10 rebounds and shot 6 for 6 from the line. He also matched his season best by shooting 5 of 7 from 3-point range.

''Really what I wanted him to do was relax and not think too much out on the floor,'' McMillan said. ''I kind of felt like he was robotic out there.''

Bojan Bogdanovic had 16 points and six rebounds and Domantas Sabonis added 15 points and 12 rebounds off the bench for the Pacers, playing the first of three games in four nights at home.

Josh Richardson scored 28 points, including 7 of 10 from beyond the arc, and Hassan Whiteside had 12 points and 17 rebounds for the Heat, losers in four of their last five games.

The Pacers used a 16-0 run in the second quarter to take the lead for good. Indiana did just enough in the second half to fend off its Eastern Conference rivals.

Sabonis converted a three-point play with 7:24 left in the second quarter to give the Pacers a 34-32 lead, and they led the rest of the way.

The win comes a week after the Pacers rallied to beat the Heat 110-102 in Miami, closing out the victory with a 16-2 run that included the final 12 points.

Miami was unable to return the favor in the second of three regular-season meetings between the teams.

''We just forgot how to play for a little bit,'' Richardson said. ''Everything was falling for them and they were attacking us, and we just weren't retaliating fast enough.''

Bam Adebayo made a lay-up at the start of the fourth quarter that pulled the Heat within three, but the Pacers scored seven straight and extended the lead to 79-69 on a fast-break dunk by Bogdanovic with 9:21 remaining.

The Heat cut the lead again with a late 7-0 run, including a layup and 3-pointer by Richardson to make it 92-89 with 1:27 left. Victor Oladipo answered with a 3-pointer that put Miami away for good.

Indiana trailed by as many as 12 points in the opening quarter before going on a 10-2 run at the start of the second.

Evans made two 3-pointers and a pair of free throws in Indiana's go-ahead run. The Pacers took a 12-point lead when Cory Joseph hit a 3 to make it 44-32 with 5:14 left in the first half.

Indiana led 50-43 at halftime

TIP-INS

Heat: Whiteside has finished with a double-double in each of the last six games. ... Rodney McGruder had 11 points and five rebounds. ... G Dwyane Wade missed his sixth straight game for personal reasons after the recent birth of his daughter.

Pacers: Indiana has won 12 of the last 13 regular-season home games against the Heat. ... Oladipo finished with eight points after scoring 20 or more in each of the previous 13 games.

QUICK START

Whiteside had eight points in the first quarter, but didn't score again until a layup with 7:26 remaining in the third quarter. Still, he's found a way to put up big numbers in recent games. He's averaging 15.7 points, 15.3 rebounds and 3.7 blocks over the last six games.

BACK ON TRACK AT HOME

The Pacers lost against Houston and Philadelphia in their previous two home games, before beating the Heat and avoiding losing three straight at home for the first time since December last season.

UP NEXT

Heat: Home against the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday.

Pacers: Home against Atlanta on Saturday night.

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Key Players
H. Whiteside
21 C
V. Oladipo
4 SG
34.5 Min. Per Game 34.5
23.8 Pts. Per Game 23.8
4.9 Ast. Per Game 4.9
7.1 Reb. Per Game 7.1
51.0 Field Goal % 44.2
52.3 Three Point % 44.9
58.6 Free Throw % 70.3
+ 1 Tyreke Evans made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:05
+ 1 Tyreke Evans made 1st of 2 free throws 0:05
  Personal foul on Tyler Johnson 0:05
+ 2 Josh Richardson made driving layup 0:06
+ 1 Tyreke Evans made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:13
+ 1 Tyreke Evans made 1st of 2 free throws 0:13
  Personal foul on Tyler Johnson 0:13
  Personal foul on Wayne Ellington 0:20
  Josh Richardson missed running Jump Shot 0:23
  Out of bounds turnover on Domantas Sabonis 0:32
  Defensive rebound by Tyreke Evans 0:52
Team Stats
Points 91 99
Field Goals 35-93 (37.6%) 36-81 (44.4%)
3-Pointers 14-36 (38.9%) 14-27 (51.9%)
Free Throws 7-10 (70.0%) 13-15 (86.7%)
Total Rebounds 56 52
Offensive 13 4
Defensive 38 43
Team 5 5
Assists 21 22
Steals 10 10
Blocks 5 6
Turnovers 16 19
Fouls 16 14
Technicals 0 0
28 PTS, 4 REB, 2 AST
23 PTS, 10 REB, 2 AST
1234T
away team logo Heat 6-9 2716242491
home team logo Pacers 9-6 1832222799
Team Stats
away team logo Heat 6-9 PPG RPG APG
home team logo Pacers 9-6 91.8 PPG 40.3 RPG 20.8 APG
Key Players
J. Richardson SG PPG RPG APG FG%
T. Evans PG 10.2 PPG 2.9 RPG 2.4 APG 38.9 FG%
Top Scorers
J. Richardson SG 28 PTS 4 REB 2 AST
T. Evans PG 23 PTS 10 REB 2 AST
37.6 FG% 44.4
38.9 3PT FG% 51.9
70.0 FT% 86.7
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
J. Richardson 28 4 2 10/16 7/10 1/1 2 40 1 0 3 0 4 +8 34
H. Whiteside 12 17 0 6/15 0/0 0/0 4 28 0 2 3 8 9 +3 28
R. McGruder 11 5 1 5/11 1/3 0/0 1 31 1 0 1 1 4 +13 18
G. Dragic 8 1 3 3/8 0/3 2/4 1 33 1 0 3 0 1 +1 13
J. Winslow 5 6 6 2/8 1/5 0/0 2 22 1 0 2 0 6 +4 22
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
J. Richardson 28 4 2 10/16 7/10 1/1 2 40 1 0 3 0 4 +8 34
H. Whiteside 12 17 0 6/15 0/0 0/0 4 28 0 2 3 8 9 +3 28
R. McGruder 11 5 1 5/11 1/3 0/0 1 31 1 0 1 1 4 +13 18
G. Dragic 8 1 3 3/8 0/3 2/4 1 33 1 0 3 0 1 +1 13
J. Winslow 5 6 6 2/8 1/5 0/0 2 22 1 0 2 0 6 +4 22
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
T. Johnson 10 5 4 3/11 2/4 2/2 4 29 1 1 1 1 4 -23 24
W. Ellington 9 1 1 3/10 3/9 0/0 1 17 2 0 0 0 1 -21 14
B. Adebayo 8 6 3 3/7 0/0 2/3 1 19 2 2 1 0 6 -11 23
K. Olynyk 0 6 1 0/7 0/2 0/0 0 16 1 0 2 3 3 -14 7
J. Johnson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Waiters - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Y. Maten - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Robinson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Jones Jr. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Wade - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
U. Haslem - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 91 51 21 35/93 14/36 7/10 16 235 10 5 16 13 38 -40 183
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
B. Bogdanovic 16 6 0 6/10 2/4 2/2 1 32 1 0 4 1 5 -1 19
M. Turner 12 7 4 4/11 1/3 3/4 0 28 1 3 2 0 7 -18 29
V. Oladipo 8 4 5 3/12 2/5 0/0 0 29 0 1 2 0 4 -13 21
T. Young 6 6 0 3/7 0/1 0/0 2 26 1 1 2 2 4 +12 12
D. Collison 4 0 2 1/7 1/1 1/2 1 24 4 0 2 0 0 -15 10
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
B. Bogdanovic 16 6 0 6/10 2/4 2/2 1 32 1 0 4 1 5 -1 19
M. Turner 12 7 4 4/11 1/3 3/4 0 28 1 3 2 0 7 -18 29
V. Oladipo 8 4 5 3/12 2/5 0/0 0 29 0 1 2 0 4 -13 21
T. Young 6 6 0 3/7 0/1 0/0 2 26 1 1 2 2 4 +12 12
D. Collison 4 0 2 1/7 1/1 1/2 1 24 4 0 2 0 0 -15 10
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
T. Evans 23 10 2 6/13 5/7 6/6 1 25 0 1 1 1 9 +21 37
D. Sabonis 15 12 3 7/10 0/0 1/1 4 24 0 0 3 0 12 +21 30
C. Joseph 12 2 5 5/8 2/3 0/0 3 30 3 0 1 0 2 +12 26
D. McDermott 3 0 1 1/3 1/3 0/0 2 18 0 0 2 0 0 +21 3
K. O'Quinn - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Reed - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Sumner - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Holiday - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Johnson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Anigbogu - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Leaf - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 99 47 22 36/81 14/27 13/15 14 236 10 6 19 4 43 +40 187