In the middle of the third quarter, the Pacers trailed by 21 points, and it looked like the fourth quarter was going to be 12 minutes of garbage time.
But the Pacers had other ideas.
These new-look Pacers refused to give up, cutting the deficit all the way to just two points with 12 seconds to play, but the Heat made both free throws to ice the game and won by a final of 112-108.
The Pacers comeback came with a 3-guard lineup of Darren Collison, Victor Oladipo, Cory Joseph, Thad Young and Domantas Sabonis.
Without Myles Turner, the Pacers struggled to find any stops or consistency for much of the night until they tried this lineup in the fourth quarter.
The Pacers also continue to miss injured wing Glenn Robinson III as Bojan Bogdanovic was -19 in only 20 minutes and Damien Wilkins continues to look too old and slow to contribute in any meaningful way.
Even though the Pacers came up short against the Whiteside-less Heat, this was an encouraging effort on the second night of a back-to-back.
Victor Oladipo scored 28 points and added five assists, four steals and four rebounds, including 21 points in the second half to lead the comeback effort.
Domantas Sabonis continued to show he’s more than just a throw in in the Paul George trade as he put up a double double of 18 points and 12 rebounds while starting in place of Turner.