Indiana Pacers (43-27, fifth in the Eastern Conference) vs. Miami Heat (43-27, fourth in the Eastern Conference)Lake Buena Vista, Florida; Monday, 8 p.m. EDTBOTTOM LINE: The Indiana Pacers take on the Miami Heat in a matchup of two of the top teams in the Eastern Conference.The Heat are 29-12 in Eastern Conference games. Miami has a 6-3 record in one-possession games.The Pacers are 27-18 in Eastern Conference play. Indiana is fourth in the league allowing just 107.7 points while holding opponents to 44.9% shooting.The Heat won the last matchup between these two teams 122-108 on Jan. 8. Tyler Herro scored 19 points to help lead Miami to the win.TOP PERFORMERS: Bam Adebayo is averaging 16.1 points, 10.3 rebounds and 5.1 assists for the Heat. Adebayo is averaging 9.4 rebounds and 15.8 points per game over the last 10 games for Miami.Doug McDermott leads the Pacers averaging 1.8 made 3-pointers, while scoring 10 points per game and shooting 43.3% from beyond the arc. Myles Turner is averaging 6.7 rebounds and 14.2 points per game over the last 10 games for Indiana.LAST 10 GAMES: Heat: 5-5, averaging 109.1 points, 40.6 rebounds, 27.5 assists, 7.4 steals and 5.6 blocks per game while shooting 46.6% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 107.7 points on 44.4% shooting.Pacers: 7-3, averaging 112 points, 40.6 rebounds, 23.9 assists, 8.2 steals and 5.7 blocks per game while shooting 49.5% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 111 points on 45.5% shooting.INJURIES: Heat: KZ Okpala: day to day (personal), Kendrick Nunn: day to day (personal), Jimmy Butler: day to day (foot), Goran Dragic: day to day (ankle).Pacers: Domantas Sabonis: out (foot), Jeremy Lamb: out for season (knee).___The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.The Associated Press
Devin Booker led Phoenix with 35 points in the Suns win over the Heat.
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Devin Booker scored 35 points and Jevon Carter added a season-high 20 points as the Phoenix Suns remained undefeated in the NBA restart, beating the Miami Heat 119-112 on Saturday night.Carter made six of eight 3-pointers as the Suns improved to 5-0 in the restart.“I think this bubble opportunity was big for us and we’re taking advantage of it,” Booker said.Miami is currently the No. 4 team in the Eastern Conference playoff standings. Duncan Robinson and Tyler Herro each had 25 points to lead the Heat.The Suns continued to thrive as the only undefeated team and biggest surprise in the Disney bubble.Phoenix began the restart schedule with the second-worst record of the 22 teams in the field and the worst mark in the Western Conference.“I just think we had a group who wanted to come here and prove they were worthy of being here,” Suns coach Monty Williams said. “They heard a lot of stuff that was being said.”The Suns have played like serious playoff contenders. Led by Booker, Phoenix had wins over Washington, Dallas, the Los Angeles Clippers and Indiana before beating Miami. The Suns entered Saturday's schedule only 2 1/2 games behind eighth-place Memphis.Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said his team must be better at winning battles for the ball.“Those second-chance opportunities during those swing moments during the course of the game really kept us at bay and kept them in control when they needed to do it,” Spoelstra said.Miami had an opportunity late in the game.Three free throws by Robinson cut the Suns' lead to 115-112 before Miami's Bam Adebayo was called for goaltending on a shot by Booker. The review with 11.2 seconds remaining confirmed the call and extended the lead to five points.Led by its backcourt scoring from Herro and Robinson, Miami quickly led by double figures at 19-8. The Heat couldn't pull away and the teams were tied at 60-all at halftime. The Suns led 88-86 entering the final period.TIP-INSSuns: Rookie F Cameron Johnson made two 3-pointers in the first half, becoming the fastest player to reach 100 career 3s in team history. ... Ricky Rubio had seven points, 10 rebounds and eight assists. Deandre Ayton had 18 points and 12 rebounds.Heat: Goran Dragic (sprained left ankle) missed his second straight game. Jimmy Butler (sore right ankle) missed his third straight game. Kendrick Nunn and KZ Okpala were held out for personal reasons.TURN UP THE HEATMiami is facing pressure to protect its No. 4 spot in the East. It is only one game ahead of Philadelphia and Indiana, now tied for fifth. Two of Miami’s three remaining games before the playoffs are against Indiana.“We also want to continue to get healthy and the No. 1 priority will be getting ready for the playoffs and getting our game right,” Spoelstra said.RUNNING THE SHOWHerro is being given more responsibility as the point guard and said he “felt comfortable” in the role.“I’ve been working really hard with the ball in my hands," Herro said, adding Spoelstra “has really been helping me a lot. My teammates are starting to trust me more. I’m still young and I’m learning a lot.”UP NEXTSuns: Play the Thunder on Monday.Heat: Play the Pacers on Monday night.___More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsThe Associated Press