But the Heat took an 84-78 lead into the fourth quarter and expanded the lead back out to 90-80 before the Pacers rallied yet again and tied it at 97 with 5:09 remaining.
Serge Ibaka can be hot-headed, and James Johnson has actual fighting experience. Both received technical fouls and ejections. The NBA announced that Ibaka and Johnson will not play in their respective team's next matchups - Johnson won't play when the team travels to in on Wednesday night, while Ibaka will sit on the sidelines during the Raptors' home game against Cleveland on Thursday.
First up is LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers - the Raptors' nemesis, having dumped them out of the postseason the past two years.
Golden State star Stephen Curry missed Wednesday night's home game against the Clippers after he slipped during shootaround and sprained his troublesome right ankle.
After reeling off wins in 18 of 19 games from November 11 through December 13, the Cavaliers have stumbled and lost six of their past nine, including a 127-99 shellacking at the hands of Minnesota on Monday, their worst loss of the season.
It was an intense matchup by every definition considering the nature of the game at that point.
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He is now tied with Stephen Curry for fifth-most three-pointers made this season at 116.
When it was all said and done, Whiteside amassed 16 points on 7-of-10 shooting and recorded game highs in rebounds (15), blocks (four) and plus-minus rating (plus-14).
The guard's play could earn him a spot at the NBA's All-Star Weekend in the three-point shooting contest.
After a career night against the Raptors, Bam Adebayo continued to show his versatility on Wednesday.
The last time the Pacers played, they beat the Milwaukee Bucks, 109-96. Domantas Sabonis had 18 points and seven rebounds after replacing Myles Turner in the starting lineup.
Russell Westbrook had 22 points, 12 assists and nine rebounds for Oklahoma City, which has dropped four of six.