It will take LeBron James five more championships to pull even in that conversation with Michael Jordan.

But Sunday he pulled even in one respect: longest career winning streak. On that count: LeBron 18, M.J. 18.

Of course this 105-91 victory over the Indiana Pacers at AmericanAirlines Arena was about far more than superstar minutiae.

It was a late-season statement made.

Entering 0-2 against the Pacers, pummeled twice in losses in Indianapolis, the Miami Heat made the most of their lone home game this season against Indiana.

"Our guys competed and played more consistently to how we want to play on both ends," coach Erik Spoelstra said. "I liked the response."

This was about far more than James, who closed with a season-low 13 points, albeit also with seven assists and six rebounds.

"He doesn't have to score 30 every night," guard Dwyane Wade said. "We're a total team here."

In the first game with the Heat that James had three teammates score more than him, it seemingly was everyone else.

It was about big-game Mario Chalmers stepping up with 26 points on 7-of-9 shooting and seven assists, the rare opponent where the Heat can have an advantage at point guard.

"He was taking shots that he was capable of making," Spoelstra said. "But he must be aggressive about the better defensive teams in the league, and he was tonight."

It was about Chris Bosh pulling Pacers center Roy Hibbert out of the paint with his silky-smooth jumpers, closing with 25 points on 11-of-15 shooting, offering a reminder of what was missed when he missed most of last season's playoff matchup.