Heat (16-6) falls to Pacers (19-3) in marquee matchup
INDIANAPOLIS -- Soaked in gamesmanship, the Heat discounted the day and distanced itself from the moment leading up to tipoff. It was all a ruse, posturing and premeditated psychological sandbagging of the highest order. The Miami Heat wanted this game badly, make no mistake, but the Pacers were simply better Tuesday night and defeated the defending back-to-back champions 90-84. In the hours before the most anticipated game of the first two months of the regular season for the two best teams in the Eastern Conference -- really, the only good teams currently in the Eastern Conference -- rhetoric by the Heat and Pacers couldn't have been more different. The Pacers viewed their first ...