If the Heat had it its way, the team might have gone behind the arena after the game and burned those ugly throwback jerseys for good.

Unfortunately, there are annoying things like contracts and money to consider, so the jerseys will be worn for the rest of the month. The smell of Friday night's 102-89 loss to the Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse might linger inside the threads that long.

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said before the game that his team would have to approach the Pacers with "pads up and mouthpieces in." The Pacers knocked those mouthpieces out with their bullying brand of basketball. With only one game remaining between the teams, the Pacers already have won the season series. Indiana (28-19) joins the Knicks as the only teams with two victories against the Heat this season.

Excluding the Nets, the Heat is 0-5 against the top teams in the Eastern Conference this season. When asked about that record after the game, LeBron James shot back that it didn't matter.

"We're not worried about that," James said. "We don't put too much into losing a game or winning a game; we want to get better from those games.

"We don't need victories versus top-four teams to prove what we're capable of doing. We don't need them. We'd love to have them, but we don't need them."

That sentiment was pretty apparent early in the third quarter. The Heat trailed 53-45 at halftime, then watched the Pacers run away with the game in the third quarter. James finished with 28 points, six rebounds and three assists. Dwyane Wade had 17 points, six rebounds, five assists, two steals and two blocks.

"That third quarter, they came out and they established what they wanted," James said. "David West got it going. He had a heck of a game, and they didn't miss too many shots coming out of the half."