"He's the best rim protector in the league," George said. "Him not being out there limited us defensively."
NOTES: After averaging 25.1 points in the first month of the season, Pacers F Paul George entered Wednesday with a 14.7 average over his previous three games. His scoring slump was accompanied by more turnovers (up from 2.6 to 3.7) and a lower shooting percentage (down from .478 to .270). ... Pacers F Danny Granger, who played just five games last season due to a knee injury and has yet to appear this season due to a calf problem, is expected to return Friday at home against the Houston Rockets. He is making $14 million in 2013-14, and he will be a free agent after the season. ... Heat F Michael Beasley (hamstring) missed his sixth consecutive game. ... The next time the teams meet will be March 26 in Indiana. They also play April 11 at Miami. ... The Heat plays the fourth game of a five-game homestand Friday against the Sacramento Kings.