Heat guard Dwyane Wade and Pacers guard Lance Stephenson drew double technical fouls for their involvement in a minor shoving match during Indiana's 84-83 home victory on Wednesday.
No game between the East's top two teams would be complete without some extracurricular activities, and tensions started to mount in this one with a little under seven minutes remaining in the third quarter. Stephenson and Mario Chalmers both went after a loose ball during an Indiana possession, and Stephenson appeared to grab Chalmers' hand as the ball went out of bounds.
Wade witnessed the sequence from a few feet away and immediately disputed Stephenson's action, bumping the Pacers guard and giving him a light shove. Stephenson cleared Wade's arms off of his body and exchanged a few words before the officials could intervene to separate the two players, who were both assessed a technical foul.
That relatively minor sequence would prove important in the fourth quarter, as Stephenson was ejected after he received a second technical foul following another exchange with Wade. Stephenson was booted at the 5:01 mark with Indiana leading 76-72, and Miami immediately went on an 8-0 run to take the lead following his departure. The Pacers were able to regroup, though, and they pulled out a one-point home victory.
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Stephenson finished with 15 points (on 6-for-12 shooting), two rebounds and two assists. Paul George led the Pacers with a team-high 23 points (on 8-for-19 shooting), eight rebounds and four assists.
Wade tallied 15 points (on 6-for-11 shooting), four rebounds and one assist. LeBron James led all scorers with 38 points (on 11-for-19 shooting), eight rebounds and five assists.
Indiana improved to 52-20 with the victory and took a 2-1 season series lead over Miami, who dropped to 48-22 with the loss.