It was a night that began with a little bit of trash talk from LeBron James, calling out the Indiana Pacers for what he believes were quotes diminishing his Miami Heat while the Pacers players pumped up their 2-1 series lead last May. James seemed to make it a point that it was going to be fuel for the teams' first meeting in the 2012-13 season, but either the Pacers were ready, or James failed to acknowledge the possibility of bulletin board material going both ways, as Indiana rolled their way to an impressive 87-77 win at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

Without Danny Granger, few Pacer fans would've let a loss tonight get to them too much. Sure, it's upsetting to watch the Pacers fall in any game, but simply keeping the game competitive, showing Miami that the Pacers are a threat come playoff time. Yet, this current 21-14 Pacers team, hobbled even further with George Hill's big off game due to a mean looking illness made the Heat play Indiana's brand of basketball, led by punishing defense and with plenty of physical, intelligent play.

In the first half, the Pacers were using that defense to keep close with Miami before the Pacers bench ballooned their lead to 10 points late in the second quarter. Dwyane Wade and the Heat responded with an 11-0 run to send the game into the locker room tied up. In the second half, the Pacers went to work. A big 25-15 third quarter ended up being the difference, rebounding and defense leading them to the crucial second half.