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George Scores 37, Pacers Stay Alive

George Scores 37, Pacers Stay Alive

Joe Robbins/Getty Images(INDIANAPOLIS) -- Paul George scored 21 of his game-high 37 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Indiana Pacers to a 93-90 do-or-die victory over the Miami Heat Wednesday, in Game 5 of the NBA Eastern Conference Finals.

The Heat lead the best-of-seven series three games to two.

"I just felt it. I felt in rhythm. I had to be aggressive," George said. "I tried to come out and be aggressive to start this game off, and I was getting looks. I got hot." That was something Heat forward LeBron James never had a chance to do: James was in foul trouble the entire game; he only played 24 1/2 minutes, scoring a career playoff-low seven points.

Despite the lack of production from James, the Heat hung in. Rashard Lewis scored 18 points, hitting 6-of-9 from 3-point land. Dwyane Wade also had 18 points as well as eight rebounds and seven assists.

The Heat had a chance to win the game at the end when LeBron James drove to the basket and dished the ball to Chris Bosh in the corner for a three, but Bosh's shot clanked off the rim forcing a Game 6.

The series now shifts to Miami Friday night. Tip-off is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. Eastern.

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Allen Helps Heat Scorch Pacers

Allen Helps Heat Scorch Pacers

Joe Robbins/Getty Images(MIAMI, Fla.) -- The Miami Heat trailed by as many as 15 points but Ray Allen netted all 16 he had as the defending champs rallied to a 99-87 win over Indiana in the Eastern Conference Finals. With the win, Miami now leads the series by a final of 2-1.

Allen, who signed with Miami prior to last year, has always had a knack for racking up points when it matters most. Despite have zero points through the first three quarters, the 19-year veteran hit the first four three-pointers he attempted in the final 12 minutes.

Indiana had jumped out to an early 17-4 lead and eventually pushed it to 37-22 in the second quarter. The Heat would go on to outscore the Pacers 77-50 the rest of the way, taking control of the series.

"Tough loss for our guys," said Indiana head coach, Frank Vogel. "Thought we competed pretty well, came out of the gates really strong, got off to a good start and then didn't manage our foul trouble well and didn't manage picking up their defensive intensity well." 

The biggest blow came in the final moments of the third, and opening seconds of the fourth quarter. LeBron James hit a three-point shot with 1:21 left to play in the third to give Miami a 67-63 lead. As time expired in the period, Dwayne Wade buried a three of his own before doing the same thing to start the fourth and giving Miami a 10 point lead.

James finished the game with 26 points while Wade added 23 in the victory. Miami's defense was just as impressive, holding Indiana to just 47.7 percent from the floor including six-for-21 from downtown. Game 4 is Monday night in South Florida.

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LeBron James Leads Heat to Game 2 Victory over Pacers

LeBron James Leads Heat to Game 2 Victory over Pacers

Andy Lyons/Getty Images(INDIANAPOLIS) --  LeBron James scored 12 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter, and the Miami Heat rallied to burn the Indiana Pacers 87-83 on Tuesday night to even up the Eastern Conference finals at a game apiece.

Dwayne Wade led the Heat with 23 points, including 10 in the fourth quarter when the Heat went on a 12-2 run late to put the game away.

Indiana led 73-69 with 7:19 remaining when James and Wade took control of the game. Miami's defense gave up only eight points over the final five minutes.

"That's what's it's about," James said afterwards. "It's not going to be pretty. Not in the Eastern Conference. It's never pretty basketball in the Eastern Conference. It's about who can sustain runs. You know, who can get defensive stops? Who can not turn the ball over and who can get great shots? I think we did that in the fourth."

Lance Stephenson scored 25 points in the loss for the Pacers, while Paul George added 14. After working so hard to earn home-court advantage throughout the Eastern Conference playoffs, the Pacers gave it away to the two-time defending champions. They'll need a win in Miami to earn it back.

Miami has won 11 straight games following a playoff loss and still has not trailed 2-0 in a series since the first round of the 2012 playoffs.

Game 3 is Saturday night in South Beach.

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Pacers Prevail, Beat Heat in Game 1 of East Finals

Pacers Prevail, Beat Heat in Game 1 of East Finals

Joe Robbins/Getty Images(INDIANAPOLIS) -- The Indiana Pacers have the Miami Heat figured out for one game at least after their 107-96 win in game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Sunday.

Paul George led the way for Indiana with 24 points and seven assists and both David West and Roy Hibbert added 19 in the victory.

"There's nothing to celebrate. It's not like we won a championship. It's one game," George Hill said. "Yes, it was good, but if we come out and lay an egg on Tuesday, this game doesn't mean anything."

The Pacers had a 19 point lead late in the third and entered the fourth up by 13. West's layup gave Indiana 100-84 lead with 5:07 left.

Dwyane Wade scored 27 and LeBron James had 25 in the loss.  Chris Bosh was held to nine points and two rebounds.

"The game's still so fresh. It's too hard to just say, `Well, we need to do this better in Game 2," James said after the Heat lost for just the second time in 10 playoff games. "We need to evaluate our mistakes and things we did in Game 1 first before I can say what we need to bring to Game 2."

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Heat Advance to Eastern Conference Finals

Heat Advance to Eastern Conference Finals

Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images(MIAMI) --  Don't look now, but the Miami Heat are back in the Eastern Conference finals for the fourth year in a row.

LeBron James and Dwayne Wade combined to score 57 points as the Heat rallied to defeat the Brooklyn Nets 96-94 on Wednesday night, winning their second-round matchup in five games.

"When we met the first day for prep, we said the No. 1 key, overwhelmingly the No. 1 key in this series, was great mental stability," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said after the two-time defending champions won their 10th straight playoff series.

The Nets led by eight with under five minutes remaining and were looking to take the series back to Brooklyn for Game 6. The Heat went on a 12-0 run to take the lead for good, while the Nets missed nine straight shots. Ray Allen hit a huge three-pointer to give Miami a 93-91 lead with 32 seconds remaining.

"Give the Heat credit," Nets coach Jason Kidd said. "They were attacking there in the fourth quarter. We were attacking. Both teams were attacking. They made plays, they made shots and we didn't."

Joe Johnson led the Nets with 34 points, while Paul Pierce chipped in 19.

Miami will face either the Indiana Pacers or the Washington Wizards in the Eastern Conference finals.

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LeBron James Scores 49 to Lead Heat Past Nets

LeBron James Scores 49 to Lead Heat Past Nets

Elsa/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- LeBron James tied his playoff career-high with 49 points to lead the Miami Heat to a 102-96 victory over the Brooklyn Nets Monday, in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Semifinal.

The Heat now lead the series 3-1.

James finished the game 16-of-24 from the field.

"My only thing with him, he was going so well in the third quarter we didn't want him to die out in the fourth," Heat guard Dwyane Wade said of his teammate, James.  "But that guy has an engine that's second to none so he just continued it going."

Wade had 15 points in the win.

The Nets tied the game at 94 with 2:30 to play when Kevin Garnett hit two free throws. The game stayed tied until Chris Bosh hit a 3-pointer with 57 seconds remaining to give the Heat the lead for good.

"This is very difficult to swallow," Nets center Garnett said of the loss. "Hard to take, but it's what it is. Coulda, shoulda, woulda doesn't help us at this point."

Now the Nets are one game away from being ousted from the playoffs. Game 5 is Wednesday in Miami. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. Eastern.

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Heat Take Control Late to Clip Nets

Heat Take Control Late to Clip NetsChris Trotman/Getty Images(MIAMI) -- The Brooklyn Nets were within range of the Miami Heat until they couldn't get the ball back Thursday night. The Nets trailed by eight points with 3:39 to play but proceeded to let Miami have a possession that took 1...

Heat Rout Nets to Take 1-0 Series Lead

Heat Rout Nets to Take 1-0 Series LeadMike Ehrmann/Getty Images(MIAMI) -- The Brooklyn Nets went 4-0 against the Miami Heat during the regular season, but all that went out the window on Tuesday night. LeBron James scored 22 points as the Heat routed the Nets 107-86 to take a 1-0 lead in t...

Heat Sweep Charlotte, Advance to Second Round

Heat Sweep Charlotte, Advance to Second RoundStreeter Lecka/Getty Images(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) -- LeBron James scored 31 points, with 19 coming after suffering a thigh bruise in the third, to lift the Heat to a 109-98 win over Charlotte in Game Four. Miami has now swept the series with the Bobcats and...

Heat Take Care of the Bobcats 99-88, Take 1-0 Series Lead

Heat Take Care of the Bobcats 99-88, Take 1-0 Series LeadMike Ehrmann/Getty Images(MIAMI) -- So far so good for the defending NBA Champion Miami Heat. In Game 1 of their opening round playoff series, they defeated the Charlotte Bobcats 99-88. After scoring just 19 points in the first quarter, the Heat turned...

Heat Fall to Wizards, Give Pacers Top Seed

Heat Fall to Wizards, Give Pacers Top SeedMike Ehrmann/Getty Images(WASHINGTON, D.C.) -- The Indiana Pacers clinched the top seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs on Monday night -- without even playing. That's because the Miami Heat suffered a 21-point loss to the Washington Wizards, 114-93...

Nets Complete Season Sweep of Heat in Thriller

Nets Complete Season Sweep of Heat in ThrillerMike Ehrmann/Getty Images Sport (MIAMI) --  Meet the Brooklyn Nets, the only NBA team this season to go undefeated against the Miami Heat. Rookie Mason Plumlee blocked LeBron James' dunk attempt at the rim with two seconds left, and the Nets hung ...

Heat Burn Knicks 102-91

Heat Burn Knicks 102-91Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(MIAMI) --  LeBron James scored 38 points as the Miami Heat dealt a significant blow to the New York Knicks' playoff hopes with a 102-91 victory on Sunday. Chris Bosh added 14 points for the Heat (53-23), who were playi...

Wade Helps Heat Burn Wizards, Clinch Playoff Spot

Wade Helps Heat Burn Wizards, Clinch Playoff SpotNBA via Miami Heat (MIAMI) --  LeBron James and Dwayne Wade combined to score 45 points as the Miami Heat burned the Washington Wizards 99-90 on Monday night to clinch a playoff berth. Wade scored 13 of his 22 points during the fourth quarter to h...

Lebron James Not a Fan of Sleeved Jerseys

Lebron James Not a Fan of Sleeved JerseysJames McIsaac/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The NBA use of sleeved jersey's this season has caused a variety of reactions around the basketball world, but Miami Heat forward Lebron James is not a fan of the NBA's latest venture. "I'm not making excuses, bu...

LeBron James Scores A Career-High 61 Points In Heat Win

LeBron James Scores A Career-High 61 Points In Heat WinJim McIsaac/Getty Images(MIAMI) -- Heat forward LeBron James scored a career-high and franchise-record 61 points as Miami (43-14) scorched the Charlotte Bobcats (27-33) on Monday night, 124-107. It’s the eighth straight victory for the two-time d...

Scoreboard Roundup – 3/3/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 3/3/14Getty Images/Hemera(NEW YORK) -- NBA: Miami Heat 124 (43-14) – Charlotte Bobcats 107 (27-33) (Heat forward Lebron James scores a career high 61 points) Milwaukee Bucks 114 (12-47) – Utah Jazz 88 (21-39) Brooklyn Nets 96 (29-29) – Chic...

Masked LeBron Leads Heat to Beat Down of Knicks

Masked LeBron Leads Heat to Beat Down of KnicksMarc Serota/Getty Images(MIAMI) -- LeBron James put to rest any questions of whether or not wearing a mask to protect his broken nose would hinder his ability to play ball.James had 31 points, four rebounds and four assists to lead the Miami Heat to ...

Heat Burn Bulls Without LeBron James

Heat Burn Bulls Without LeBron JamesMarc Serota/ Getty Images Sport (MIAMI) --  No LeBron James?  No problem. Dwayne Wade scored 23 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as the Miami Heat torched the Chicago Bulls 93-79 on Sunday -- without four-time MVP James in the lineup. James sat...

LeBron James has Broken Nose, may not Play Sunday

LeBron James has Broken Nose, may not Play SundayMike Ehrmann/Getty Images(MIAMI) -- That swollen nose Miami Heat forward LeBron James suffered Thursday when playing the Oklahoma City Thunder is actually broken. James received a hit to the face when he drove to the basket with 5:56 remaining in the H...

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