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Monty McCutchen, Steve Anderson, Brian Forte your referees for tonight's Heat-Hawks, 7:30 p.m., AmericanAirlines Arena (Sun Sports).
That last sequence in New Orleans was predictable enough that even I called it from Pacers press room. Heat will regret that one.
Second loss for the Heat to the Pelicans in a week. (And without Anthony Davis and Ryan Anderson).
FINAL: Pelicans 104, Heat 102. Not really sure what Dwyane Wade was thinking there.
All on Wade. He looks for call, Gordon beats him for layup.
Wade in draw-and-kick mode It's working.
Poor night shooting for Dwyane Wade but passing has been excellent. Heat 93, P'cans 90 4:30 4Q.
Heat winning despite Dwyane Wade. Off night for No.3. Heat 88, Pelicans 86 5:57 4Q.
Or does he...?
Norris Cole 0 of 10. He no longer plays for the Heat, by the way.
Whiteside now back.
Dwyane Wade shooting threes is almost never a good idea.
Norris Cole is 0 of 7 from the field and 0 of 3 from three-point range.
Beasley back and Dragic.
Pelicans in bonus with 9:26 to play. That's an issue.
Same group out off timeout. No Dragic. No Wade. No Beasley. But Napier, who has no confidence to shoot. Chalmers, though, does.
And these moments seem like a bit much for Napier at this stage.
Spoelstra has to get some offense in there.
With Deng still in, have to wonder whether there is any Beasley left.
Frank Vogel: "I think we can be a scary team going into the playoffs."
Henry Walker now with double-figure scoring in first three games with the Heat.
Heat 82, Pelicans 73 going into fourth. Deng with 20, Dragic 18. No Beasley yet in second half.
Walker, Chalmers, Napier and Birdman all playing ahead of Beasley in second half.
Frank Vogel said George Hill is "providing a little bit of an answer to the critics he had at the end of last season."
Whiteside now 7 of 12, with 14 points.
Pacers win 7th of last 9, & very much alive, with 76ers & Knicks next. George Hill w/ first career triple double. 15/10/12.
Remember, this is first night of back to back for Wade.
Deng has picked up defensive assignment on Gordon, so Wade on Pondexter.
Wade just not all here tonight.
Whiteside almost all hooks tonight.
Spoelstra calling for a flagrant, says of Pondexter foul on Dragic, "He tried to hit him . . . that's what leads to the next thing!"
Asik throwing the veteran bag of tricks at Whiteside in the paint and Spoelstra letting referee Scott Wall hear about it.
That Mourning situation was complicated b/c Anthony Mason had played well, then was upset about being phased out. Won't be problem in Indy.
Haslem back into start second half, after six minutes in first half.
Closest comparison to Paul George coming back so late would be Zo in 2000-01. Played last 13, Heat went 8-5, then got swept.
As I say that, Indiana has ceased to score anymore. Cleveland down 4 w/ 1:35 left, Pacers ball.
Wizards losing to Philadelphia. Raptors getting blown out at home. Pacers, with reasonably healthy Paul George, could still be dangerous.
Pacers up nine on Cavs with four minutes left in 4Q.
Pelicans 54, Heat 54 at half. Deng with 15, Dragic with 14 for Heat. Beasley with seven on 3 of 6. Wade four points, two fouls.
Wade now has four points.
Even bigger wow...44 of 46 points by Heat players not on the team last season. Wade has two points.
Just wow, 31 of the Heat's 46 points from players not on the team at the beginning of the season.
Luol Deng with 13 points, 4 of 5 shooting. Heat on an 8-0 run. Heat 46, P'cans 39 4:13 2Q.
Whiteside back, and Asik.
In a game bereft of entertainment, the Pacers lead the Cavaliers, 74-61, after three quarters.
Wade to check in next break.
Beasley to bench. Deng back in.
Luke Babbitt's hair becoming an issue.
Beasley with seven points in two minutes.
Beasley clearly working up a postgame appetite for snake juice, horse, lizard and chicken head.
Cavaliers on verge of dropping to 2-9 w/o LeBron James. Pacers have scored 70 points w/ 4:05 left in 3rd, which feels like a record.
And a Bease three. Insanity, I tell ya. Six shots in five minutes.
And Beasley hits his fifth shot. Five shots in five minutes.
Beasley to Walker for three, just like in the Little Apple.
I think Beasley's layup attempt missed the backboard.
Beasley also looks a bit winded, hunched over during last stoppage.
Beasley 1 of 4, with last attempt hitting bottom of backboard. But who else scores in this lineup? (Napier, Bease, Bird, Walker, Chalmers).
Heat attacking Pelicans in the lane with Anthony Davis sidelined.
Now Napier enters.
Nets up, Pacers up, Pistons up, Charlotte up. All with 23 wins. Miami has 25. Not the kind of night on which Heat can afford to lose.
Heat 25, Pelicans 24. Dragic with 12 points and getting to the rim.
Dragic unstoppable at the rim with 12 points on 6/8 shooting. Heat 25-24 at the end of the 1st.
Heat 25, Pelicans 24 after first. Dragic with 12 points, Wade with two fouls, Beasley three shots in two minutes.
Beasley misses a layup and falls!!!!!!!!
So Michael Beasley and Henry (Bill) Walker now playing together, clearly in the Heat's Wildcat offense.
BEASLEY IS IN AND HE SCORED ON HIS FIRST SHOT
Took seconds for Beasley to score in his Heat debut...and then to lose his defensive assignment on the next play.
Instant four-point swing after Whiteside block and Dragic fast break layup.
Beasley is in!!!!!!!
Beasley about to check in!!!!!!!
The monumental NBA news -- Beasley's back! -- hasn't made it everywhere. LeBron was completely unaware, but smiled when he heard it.
And Norris Cole's hair.
Luke Battitt's hair now checks in.
Spoelstra disgusted with Heat's transition defense.
Second foul on Wade with 4:34. He has been a step behind on defense so far.
Dragic now 4 of 5, in attack mode.
Henry Walker again first Heat reserve off the bench.
Pelicans 16, Heat 13. Put Beasley in already.