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Refocused Heat pounds Pacers

MIAMI - Michael Beasley was under siege in the Miami Heat postgame locker room. Some teammates went with verbal jousts, more daring ones tried to unbraid his hair.

All in good fun, a reward of sorts for taking his first charge of the season.

“Felt like we won a championship,” Beasley said afterward, braids still intact.

Yep, everything seems to be working for the Heat these days.

Dwyane Wade scored 25 points in only 28 minutes, Jermaine O’Neal added 19 points on 6-of-7 shooting against his former team and the Heat enjoyed its largest victory margin this season by topping the Indiana Pacers, 114-80, on Sunday.

Beasley scored 16 points and Udonis Haslem added 13 for Miami, 5-1 in its last six games since a 28-point loss to Memphis sparked a team meeting, a long, ugly film session and plenty of soul searching. The Heat started 8 of 8 from the field for a 17-3 lead and never looked back.

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