Serge Ibaka, James Johnson suspended for throwing punches

Serge Ibaka, James Johnson suspended for throwing punches

The victory propelled Miami (23-17) into fourth place in the Eastern Conference along with Washington (23-17).

Ellington, Johnson and Bam Adebayo all played more than 30 minutes, all scored 15 points off the bench and all made key plays throughout the game as Miami won its sixth in a row and snapped a 10-game road losing streak against the Pacers.

IN opened as a 4-point favorite, while the Over/Under (O/U) for the game has been set at 207 points.

Derrick Jones Jr., signed to a two-way contract by the Heat on December 31, made his first start for Miami in place of Tyler Johnson, who strained his left shoulder going through drills at shootaround earlier in the day. Point guard Goran Dragic, the smallest man on the floor most of the game, grabbed 12. For his role, Dragic, has been fined $10,000.

Turner was initially hurt on a dunk during Monday's 109-96 victory over Milwaukee but finished at the game. The Pacers held the Bucks to an offensive rebounding percentage of 13.5 (below their season average of 19.0) and had an effective field goal percentage of 0.601 (above their season average of 0.535).

Dwight Buycks added 17 points for the Pistons. IN ranks eighth in the league at avoiding errors (turnover percentage of 13.4 percent), while Miami forces the 19th-most turnovers (13.9 percent). IN also went 19 of 29 from the free-throw line.

-Wayne Ellington came through in the clutch for the second straight game.

Heat: Dragic also finished with nine assists.

Both teams have had a player take their game to the next level over their last five games.

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Ibaka departed after scoring 11 points and grabbing five rebounds. The home team had won 18 of the previous 20 regular-season games in this series.

Detroit led by as many as 40 points.

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.

With Ball leading the charge, the Lakers had a 35-8 advantage in fast-break points.

This season, Toronto is fourth over all in the National Basketball Association in three-point attempts, averaging 31.9 a game. Stephenson wound up with 15 points.

The Pacers rank 14th in points in the paint per game (44.1) while the Heat rank 26th (41.0).

IN is 2-3 ATS with 3 unders and 2 overs over their last five games.

Miami scored a season-high 38 points in the opening quarter after making 15 of its first 22 shots.

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