Indiana was a different team to start the second half, getting back-to-back 3-pointers and a three-point play from George Hill. Lance Stephenson followed that with 1 of 2 free throws to cut it to 74-67.
But Miami countered with a 9-4 run, extended the lead to 91-76 after three and made it 99-78 early in the fourth.
Indiana closed to 101-87 midway through the fourth but couldn’t any closer. It was only the third time this season the Pacers lost at home by double digits. Indiana fell 97-75 to Oklahoma City in April and 105-95 in the regular-season finale to Philadelphia when coach Frank Vogel rested four of five starters.
Notes: Miami’s best scoring half before Sunday was a 68-point effort against Chicago on April 24, 2006. ... Indiana handed out blue and white T-shirts to create a checkered flag effect in the stands. ... Miami’s Chris Andersen has made 16 consecutive shots in the playoffs. ... Indiana basketball coach Tom Crean, former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin and San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh attended the game. ... The victory was Miami’s first at Indiana this season. The Heat lost both regular-season games in Indy.