MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) – Kyle Lowry scored a season-high 26 points with six 3-pointers and the short-handed Miami Heat beat the Indiana Pacers 113-104 on Friday night.
The Heat were missing four regulars, including leading scorer Jimmy Butler, but compensated with 16-of-34 shooting from 3-point range, compared to the Pacers’ 9 of 36.READ MORE: Deadly Crash Shuts Down Deerfield Beach Streets; BSO Cruiser Towed From Scene
Lowry was 6 of 9 from beyond the arc, 9 of 16 overall.
The six-time All-Star point guard also had nine assists.
Heat forward Duncan Robinson scored a season-high 24 points and made four 3s.
Tyler Herro had 18 points with three 3-pointers.
Miami was ahead by seven at halftime and gradually added to an 11-point margin entering the fourth as the lead reached 20 points.
Caris LeVert scored a season-high 27 points for the Pacers, who have lost four in a row. Myles Turner had 20 and Chris Duarte 15.
Domantas Sabonis added 14 points and 16 rebounds.
The Heat came out firing from long range, making 7 of 10 3-pointers, with Robinson hitting the seventh and adding a free throw for a four-point play and a 30-17 lead with 3:19 remaining in the first quarter.
The Pacers trimmed the deficit to 32-25 entering the second.
Gabe Vincent’s 3-pointer from well beyond the arc put the Heat ahead 62-55 at halftime.
The Heat had a 15-point advantage on 3s, hitting 9 of 20 while the Pacers made 4 of 12.READ MORE: Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, Who Grew Up In Miami, Could Be Next US Supreme Court Justice
Heat: Robinson has scored at least 14 points in four consecutive visits to Gainbridge Fieldhouse.
Butler (tail bone), C/F Bam Adebayo (thumb), F Markieff Morris (neck), and G Victor Oladipo (knee) did not make the trip.
Butler, who averages a team-high 23.6 points, has been scratched in back-to-back games.
Pacers: Sabonis leads the league with 18 double-doubles.
Guard Justin Holiday tested positive for COVID-19 and entered the league’s health and safety protocols on Wednesday.
The 15-game starter, averaging 9.9 points, had the NBA’s longest active streak of consecutive games at 250.
Guard T.J. McConnell (wrist) was also inactive.
Heat: At Milwaukee on Saturday.
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