Heat beat Pacers thanks to hot shooting late

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Updated: December 18, 2013

Miami, FL (SportsNetwork.com) – It was a struggle for the Eastern Conference’s
top 3-point shooting team, but the Miami Heat kept chucking.

And finally, those shots began to fall.

Ray Allen nailed a go-ahead 3-pointer with 59.5 seconds remaining and the Heat
escaped with a 97-94 triumph over the Indiana Pacers.

Miami, which came in shooting 38.6 percent from beyond the arc, missed its
first nine from deep before connecting on five of its last 12 attempts.

The Heat trailed by as many as 15 in the third, but battled back and back-to-
back triples by Chris Bosh and Allen gave Miami its first lead, 95-92, since
it was 14-13 during the middle stages of the first quarter.

David West sunk two free throws at the other end to cut the deficit to 95-94
with 44.4 seconds left and Chris Andersen misfired from the right baseline on
Miami’s next touch, but George Hill threw a pass behind Paul George along the
left baseline and LeBron James picked it off with 13.9 ticks on the clock.

Allen then made two free throws and George’s step-through 3-pointer from the
top of the arc was well off the mark with 4.1 seconds remaining to seal the
outcome.