Heat outrun Pacers


INDIANAPOLIS, February 16- Dwyane Wade equalled a franchise record for most points in a first half with 31 before finishing with 41 Tuesday as the Miami Heat beat the Indiana Pacers 110-103.

Wade also had 12 rebounds for the Heat who have won eight their last nine National Basketball Association games.

LeBron James finished with 27 points and Chris Bosh had 22 points and eight rebounds for Miami, who bounced back from a loss to the Boston Celtics Sunday by jumping out to a 24-point first half lead against the Pacers.

Roy Hibbert had 18 points and Tyler Hansbrough finished with 16 points for the Pacers, who have won seven of nine under interim coach Frank Vogel.

Pacers’ Tyler Hansbrough came off the bench to score 16 points, while Danny Granger and Paul George both finished with 14 points.

Wade carried the Heat on his back in the first quarter scoring 12 of Miami’s first 14 points.

Miami led 22-7 halfway through the opening quarter and 44-19 going into the second. It was the most points Miami have scored in a quarter and their highest point differential in a quarter this season.

Wade also hooked up with James with just under four minutes left in the first quarter on a full-court pass that James cleanly dunked through the rim.

Indiana turned the tables in the second quarter, shooting 64 percent and outscoring Miami 35-17 in the period. The Pacers trailed 58-54 at halftime.