His message was clear: This game isn't over.
And his teammates went out and proved him right.
Wade shook off flu-like symptoms to score 38 points, and the Heat outscored Indiana by 21 after halftime to beat the Pacers 109-100 on Saturday night.
"Hopefully, one day, we can put a string of wins together," said Wade, whose team still hasn't lost two straight games this season, a far cry from last year's 15-67 debacle. "But right now, we're just going to keep taking it one game at a time, trying to win each game and get better every night. That's all we can do."
For as great as Wade has been -- he's averaging 28.9 points, just a sliver behind Cleveland's LeBron James for the NBA lead -- he hasn't had to do everything by himself this year, and that rang true again Saturday.
Shawn Marion had 18 points, nine rebounds and six steals, while Michael Beasley scored 14 of his 17 points in the second half for Miami. Udonis Haslem added 16 points for the Heat, who limited Indiana to 37 percent shooting in the second half on the way to outscoring the Pacers 61-40 in the final 24 minutes.
"We were as disruptive as we've been all year," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said.
"That's the NBA for you," Ford said. "You're up one minute and have momentum, and it shifts in a heartbeat."
Granger hit a 3-pointer with 2:41 left to get the Pacers to 99-98, but Miami came up with steals that set up dunks on each of its next two defensive trips.
Chris Quinn got the first steal and set up Wade for an easy score, and Haslem got both the steal and the dunk on the next series to push the Heat lead to five with 1:45 left. Indiana never got closer.
For the second straight night, Indiana's offense faltered down the stretch. The Pacers scored 54 first-half points before losing to Orlando 100-98 in overtime on Friday, and put up 60 in the first two quarters against Miami -- but got very little to work after halftime.
"I couldn't tell you what it is," Granger said. "I don't know if we should let the other teams start winning first, so we can come back in the end."
Daniels scored 10 points in the first quarter, helping stake Indiana to a quick 31-20 edge. The Pacers opened the lead up to as many as 15 in the second, before settling for a 60-48 edge at the break -- matching the most points Miami has allowed in any half this season.
Wade went 5-for-5 from the field in the second quarter, including a pair of 3-pointers in the final 35.7 seconds, to keep Miami within some sort of striking range.
And in the third, Miami erased the deficit. Beasley scored 10 points in the quarter, despite picking up his fourth foul along the way, and Quinn hit a 30-footer with 0.4 seconds left in the quarter to draw Miami into a 79-all tie, the first since the opening minutes.
Down the stretch, turnovers were the difference. Miami held a 10-1 edge in points off turnovers in the fourth quarter -- the nine-point margin that decided the game.
"When we don't turn the ball over, we win," Pacers coach Jim O'Brien said. "When we turn it over, we lose. It's that simple."
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