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Pacers Rally Past Heat in Second Half

C.J. Miles scored 25 points, George Hill added 20 and the Indiana Pacers rallied from a 10-point second-half deficit and pulled away from the Miami Heat 106-95 on Wednesday.

The Pacers (12-21) have won six straight regular-season home games against the Heat.

Dwyane Wade led Miami (14-19) with 20 points. Chris Bosh had 18 points and eight rebounds, but the Heat lost their third straight since beating LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers on Christmas.

Miami appeared to be in position to end the skid after scoring the last four points of the second quarter and extending the lead to 56-46 early in the third.

But Miles and C.J. Watson combined for 10 points in a quarter-closing 17-2 run that erased a 68-61 deficit and gave the Pacers a 78-70 lead.

Indiana led by as much as 85-72 early in the fourth, and Miami didn't get closer than six the rest of the way.

Miles, Watson and the Pacers completely swung the game.

Miami, which was shooting almost 60 percent for most of the first three quarters, made only two baskets in a 9 minute, 58-second span that proved decisive. It finished at 49.4 percent.

Meanwhile, Miles and Watson energized what had been a lethargic offense that had only 42 points at halftime.

Miles got the decisive spurt started with a 3-pointer. After Solomon Hill made two free throws, Miles knocked down another 3 to get Indiana to 70-69. Watson followed that with four straight free throws to give Indiana the lead, and David West finished the run with a 3 from the top of the key as time ran out in the third.

Miami cut the deficit to 94-88 with 3:50 to play after Luol Deng's three-point play, but Miles made one of two free throws and George Hill made two straight 3s to close it out.

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