Pac­ers out­last Heat 110-102

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(Field Level Me­dia) Bo­jan Bog­danovic hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 56.5 sec­onds re­main­ing Fri­day night, send­ing the In­di­ana Pac­ers to a 110-102 vic­tory over the host Mi­ami Heat.

Myles Turner and Vic­tor Oladipo also buried key shots, as the Pac­ers ral­lied from a 102-98 deficit by scor­ing the game’s fi­nal 12 points over a stretch of 1:26, snapping In­di­ana’s two-game los­ing streak in the process.

Has­san White­side had 11 points and a game-high 20 re­bounds for the Heat, which saw a two-game win­ning streak come to an end.

Jus­tise Winslow con­verted a three­p­oint play and a short jumper to help the Heat go up by as many as six points in the fi­nal four min­utes.

But af­ter Josh Richard­son dropped in a layup with 1:36 to go to put Mi­ami up four, Turner coun­tered with a close-range hoop that jump-started In­di­ana’s gamewin­ning run.

Af­ter Bog­danovic put In­di­ana ahead, Oladipo made it a three-point game with a 17-footer with 32.1 sec­onds left and iced the win with a three-point play on a dunk with 9.4 sec­onds re­main­ing.

Oladipo (22 points, 10 as­sists) and Do­man­tas Sabo­nis (17 points, 11 re­bounds) recorded dou­ble-dou­bles for the Pac­ers, who were open­ing up a twogame trip.

Dar­ren Col­li­son added 17 points, to go with 16 from Bog­danovic 14 from Cory Joseph 14 in the win.

Kelly Olynyk led seven Heat play­ers in dou­ble fig­ures with 20 points. Richard­son chipped in with 18 points, Tyler John­son had 15, Winslow and Rod­ney McGruder joined White­side with 11 apiece and Der­rick Jones Jr. to­taled 10 for Mi­ami, which hosts Wash­ing­ton on the sec­ond night of a home back-to-back on Satur­day.

Af­ter Mi­ami led for most of the first half and 59-51 at half­time, the Pac­ers used 10 points apiece from Joseph and Sabo­nis in the third quar­ter to take an 84-80 lead into the fi­nal pe­riod.

In­di­ana was still cling­ing to a 90-87 ad­van­tage be­fore Richard­son tied the game with a 3-pointer with 7:19 re­main­ing. Wayne Elling­ton then gave Mi­ami a lead it wouldn’t re­lin­quish un­til the fi­nal minute of play.

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