A team that needs a little R&R got neither Tuesday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

No rebounds.

No road relief.

For the Miami Heat, the rebounding & road struggles continue.

Now 7-7 on the road after this 87-77 loss to the Indiana Pacers, the Heat again were pummeled on the boards, this time outrebounded 55-36.

"They grinded us to a near halt offensively," coach Erik Spoelstra said after his team scored 35 second-half points, with the 77 a season low.

And then there was the rebounding deficit, an ongoing theme, the seventh time the Heat have been outrebounded by 15 or more this season.

"At some point," Spoelstra said, "enough will be enough for us.

"At some point, we'll get pushed to the brink."

Forward LeBron James said the team already is at that rebounding precipice.

"We want to defend and we want to clean the glass," he said, the Heat meeting the first of those two challenges by limiting Indiana to .363 shooting.

James said it has already reached Spoelstra's "brink."

"Oh, it has," he said. "And we still keep getting outrebounded. It's reached the point. We can't get a rebound.

"We're out there busting our tails," he said, "and every time we would get a stop, it seemed like we'd give up second-chance points."

Unable to compensate with their offense -- with Ray Allen and Shane Battier again off on a night they shot a combined 0 for 8 -- the Heat failed on a night Dwyane Wade scored 23 points in the first half and James reached 20 points for the 33rd time in as many games this season.

Wade said rebounding remains the ultimate priority.

"We've got to figure it out as a team, together," he said. "You hold a team to 36-percent shooting, your first line of defense is good."

And then the Pacers came up with 23 second-chance points, getting 23 more shot attempts than the Heat.