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Bosh embraces tall task versus big Pacers

MIAMI - Back on the court Wednesday night for the first time since getting pounded in the paint during their lone loss, Miami Heat forward Chris Bosh said his team will be ready to rebound with a much better defensive effort against the Indiana Pacers.

The Heat surrendered a season-high 50 points in the paint in Monday's 100-92 home loss to the Atlanta Hawks, who attacked with athletic swingmen Joe Johnson, Jeff Teague and Tracy McGrady along with aggressive big men Josh Smith, Al Horford and Zaza Pachulia.

The Pacers have similarly skilled wings and are anchored inside by 7-2 center Roy Hibbert and rugged power forward David West. With the Heat likely to be without star guard Dwyane Wade against the Pacers because of a foot injury, Miami might have to rely more heavily on Bosh and forward LeBron James to both defend and dominate in the lane.

Bosh, averaging 18.3 points and 8.2 rebounds this season, spoke before Wednesday's game about the challenge of facing Indiana's frontcourt.