Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 1/8/13
INDIANAPOLIS -- It wasn't a playoff game, but the Indiana Pacers showed they can hang with the Miami Heat. The Pacers beat the defending NBA champions 87-77 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Tuesday night. The victory was the eighth straight at home for the Pacers. "A great team win, a real solid effort on the glass," Pacers coach Frank Vogel said. "We had great contributions from a number of people and our defense held up guarding the paint." What made the Pacers even more impressive was that the Pacers were without forward Danny Granger (knee), point guard George Hill (sickness) sat out the fourth quarter and center Roy Hibbert was ineffective offensively. Paul George took care of things for the Pacers. He finished with 29 points. Dwyane Wade led Miami with 29 points. LeBron James added 22 points. "Tonight I really wanted to attack," George said. "My guys did a good job of getting me open and I was able to knock in shots." The Pacers tried to downplay the game, but they kn...
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