Wade scores 18 of his 32 in first quarter, and Heat roll past Pacers

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MIAMI - Dwyane Wade scored 18 of his 32 points in the first quarter as Miami ran out to a commanding early lead, and the Heat went on to beat the Indiana Pacers 113-83 on Tuesday night.
Michael Beasley scored 21 for Miami, which led 36-19 after one quarter and by 23 at one point in the opening half. Wade shot 12 of 20 and passed the career 11,000-point mark with a second-quarter layup.
Jermaine O'Neal added 10 for the Heat (21-19), who rested most of their starters for the entire fourth quarter and will reach the midpoint of their season Wednesday at surging Charlotte.
Brandon Rush scored 17 for the Pacers, who are 4-17 on the road and 0-3 against the Heat this season. The Pacers lost by 13 on their home floor Oct. 30, and now have lost in Miami by 34 and 30 points over the past month.
Danny Granger missed 11 straight shots on his way to a 2-for-16 night, finishing with only eight points. According to STATS LLC, of the 217 games in his career with at least 10 shot attempts, Granger shot worse in only one - 2 for 17 at Philadelphia on April 10, 2007.
This one was all Miami from the outset.
The Heat scored the game's first nine points, the biggest unanswered spurt to open a Miami game this season, and Wade quickly got rolling as well. Only a 27 per cent shooter from three-point range coming into the game, Wade made his first four tries from three-point range, including an unusual one credited by goaltending.
He shot 7-for-8 in the first quarter, had 25 points by halftime, and Miami was well on its way to winning its only home game during this odd 17-day stretch that included a just-completed six-game road swing followed now by games in Charlotte and Washington.
"Strange schedule," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said pre-game. "Never seen one like this."
A 19-4 run by Miami closed the first quarter, and consecutive reverse layups by Wade and Quentin Richardson made it 60-37 late in the second period. From there, Indiana got no closer than 17 until the final minutes.
Dahntay Jones scored 13, Roy Hibbert added 12 and Troy Murphy finished with 11 points and 12 rebounds for Indiana.
Just about everything that could go wrong for the Pacers did, including a pair of bizarre occurrences involving three-pointers.
Wade was credited with one of his 3-pointers with 3:49 left in the opening quarter when Murphy got called for goaltending, a rarity on any shot from the outside to begin with. The try rattled around the cylinder, and Murphy grabbed the ball when it was coming off the rim.
And then the Pacers lost three points in the third quarter, six minutes after thinking they had them.
Rush's 3-pointer early in the quarter got Indiana to 63-46. Already down by 22, during a time-out with 5:34 left in the quarter officials reviewed the play and determined Rush's shot came after the 24-second shot clock had expired, taking points off the board.
NOTES: It was the ninth time in Wade's career that he made at least four 3-pointers. ... The Pacers were without Tyler Hansbrough (ear infection), Jeff Foster (back) and Luther Head (left ankle). ... Beasley played in his 100th consecutive game. ... Granger is shooting 8 of 36 against Miami this season.

Organizations: STATS LLC

Geographic location: MIAMI, Charlotte, Indiana Philadelphia Washington

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