The Indiana Pacers (45-34) faced the Miami Heat (43-35) in a pivotal matchup with playoff implications. Despite starting the week with an injury, Pacers’ center Myles Turner delivered a standout performance to secure a crucial victory over the Heat.

Turner contributed 22 points and 13 rebounds in 37 minutes of gameplay. His crucial free throws in the final moments sealed the Pacers’ 117-115 win, extending their lead over Miami in the Eastern Conference standings.

Seven Indiana players scored in double figures. T.J. McConnell was instrumental off the bench, adding 22 points on an efficient 11-of-14 shooting, further solidifying Indiana’s playoff aspirations. Pascal Siakam added 18 points and eight rebounds.

While the Heat put up a fierce fight, led by Jimmy Butler’s 27 points, they ultimately fell short in their bid to overcome the Pacers. Tyler Herro’s 21 points weren’t enough to prevent Miami from suffering only their second loss in six games.

Despite Miami’s late surge, the Pacers maintained control throughout the game, never relinquishing their lead in the final minutes.