No controversial ending this time, but the Miami Heat’s loss on Wednesday evening might have hurt more than the one a night earlier.
The Heat dropped a 107-102 decision at Memphis on Wednesday to drop a half-game behind Indiana in the race for the Eastern Conference top seed.
The Pacers (54-25), who beat Milwaukee 104-102, will visit Miami for a Friday-night showdown. Indiana won two of the first three meetings this season.
Miami (53-25) lost a night after suffering a one-point defeat to Brooklyn in a game that ended with a controversial non-call when Mason Plumlee blocked Lebron James’ dunk attempt with two seconds left.
James had 37 points, six rebounds and five assists for the Heat, who were without guard Dwyane Wade (hamstring), center Greg Oden (back), center Chris Andersen and forward Udonis Haslem (stomach virus).