When the Miami Heat and Indiana Pacers faced off three weeks ago, the game ended in what can only be effectively described as a thorough ass-thumpin as the Heat took down Indiana 114-80. Dwyane Wade played just 28 minutes, yet in that short span, he was able to drop 25 points on the Pacers, going 10 for 17 from the floor and 5 for 6 from the stripe. Michael Beasley scored 16, Udonis Haslem had 13, and Jermaine ONeal added 19, each contributing to the decimation of Larry Birds team. Pacers über-rookie Tyler Hansbrough, meanwhile, grabbed 10 boards and scored 10 points on an 0 for 5 night, becoming the first NBA player to have a double-double without a field goal since Andre Miller did it back in 2005. So, you know, they got that going for them.
Hansbrough and the Pacers will look for vengeance this Tuesday night.
Tue., Jan. 19, 7:30 p.m., 2010