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Heat Advance to Fourth Straight NBA Finals

Heat Advance to Fourth Straight NBA Finals

Chris Trotman/Getty Images(MIAMI, Fla.) — It was the same old story in Miami on Friday night as another dominating performance from the Heat led to another appearance in the NBA Finals. Miami defeated Indiana 117-92 in Game 6, clinching their fourth consecutive Eastern Conference Championship.
The Heat became just the fourth team, and third franchise ever, to reach four consecutive NBA finals. The last team to complete the feat was the Boston Celtics (1984-87). Now they look to become the first team since the Los Angeles Lakers (2000-2002) to win three straight NBA Championships.
Both LeBron James and Chris Bosh scored 25 points as Miami knocked out the Pacers for the third straight year in the Eastern Conference Finals. The Heat trailed 9-2 early but went on an 11-0 run to take a lead that they would not relinquish. With the win Miami set a franchise record with their 11th straight home postseason victory.
Indiana, which had led the Eastern Conference for most of the season, got 29 points from Paul George and another 16 from David West. Once again, Roy Hibbert was almost unproductive, scoring just eight points in the loss.
Miami led by as many as 37, their biggest margin at any point during the season. They now await the winner of the Western Conference Finals between Oklahoma City and San Antonio. The Heat beat San Antonio last season and took down the Thunder in 2012 to win their first of consecutive titles.
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Scoreboard Roundup – 5/30/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 5/30/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — NBA Playoffs: Eastern Conference Finals: Miami Heat 117 – Indiana Pacers 92 (Heat win series, 4-2)
NHL Playoffs: Western Conference Finals: Chicago Blackhawks 4 – Los Angeles Kings 3 (Series Tied, 3-3)
MLB: Washington Nationals 9 (26-27) – Texas Rangers 2 (28-27)
Atlanta Braves 3 (29-25) – Miami Marlins 2 (28-26)
Minnesota Twins 6 (25-27) – New York Yankees 1 (28-25)
Kansas City Royals 6 (26-28) – Toronto Blue Jays 1 (32-24)
Cleveland Indians 5 (25-30) – Colorado Rockies 2 (28-26)
Milwaukee Brewers 11 (33-22) – Chicago Cubs 5 (19-33) 
San Diego Padres 4 (25-30) – Chicago White Sox 1 (28-28)
Boston Red Sox 3 (25-29) – Tampa Bay Rays 2 (23-32) – 10 Innings
Houston Astros 2 (24-32) – Baltimore Orioles 1 (26-27) 
San Francisco Giants 9 (36-19) – St. Louis Cardinals 4 (29-26)
Philadelphia Phillies 6 (24-28) – New York Mets 5 (25-29) – 14 Innings
San Francisco Giants 9 (36-19) – St. Louis Cardinals 4 (29-26)
Cincinnati Reds 6 (24-29) – Arizona Diamondbacks 4 (23-34)
Detroit Tigers 6 (31-20) – Seattle Mariners 3 (26-28)
Oakland Athletics 9 (33-22) – Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 5 (30-24)
Pittsburgh Pirates 2 (25-29) – Los Angeles Dodgers 1 (29-27)
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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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Scoreboard Roundup – 5/28/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 5/28/14

Getty Images/Hemera (NEW YORK) — NBA Eastern Conference Finals: Indiana Pacers 93 – Miami Heat 90 (Heat lead series, 3-2)
NHL Western Conference Final: Chicago Blackhawks 5 – Los Angeles Kings 4 (Kings lead series, 3-2)
MLB: New York Mets 5 (24-28) – Pittsburgh Pirates 0 (23-29)
Houston Astros 9 (22-32) – Kansas City Royals 3 (24-28)
San Francisco Giants 5 (34-19) – Chicago Cubs 0 (19-32)
Philadelphia Phillies 6 (23-27) – Colorado Rockies 3 (28-25)
Miami Marlins 8 (28-25) – Washington Nationals 5 (25-27) 10 Innings
Toronto Blue Jays 3 (32-22) – Tampa Bay Rays 2 (23-31)
Boston Red Sox 4 (23-29) – Atlanta Braves 0 (28-24)
Chicago White Sox 3 (28-27) – Cleveland Indians 2 (24-30)
Texas Rangers 1 (27-26) – Minnesota Twins 0 (24-26)
New York Yankkes 7 (28-24) – St. Louis Cardinals 4 (29-24)
Milwaukee Brewers 8 (32-22) – Baltimore Orioles 3 (26-25)
Seattle Mariners 3 (26-26) – Los Angeles Angels 1 (29-23)
Oakland Athletics 3 (32-21) – Detroit Tigers 1 (29-20)
Arizona Diamondbacks 12 (22-33) – San Diego Padres 6 (24-30)
Cincinnati Reds 3 (23-28) – Los Angeles Dodgers 2 (29-25)
 
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Frank Vogel: Pacers Confidence Shaken by Heat

Frank Vogel: Pacers Confidence Shaken by Heat

Rob Carr/Getty Images(MIAMI) — The Miami Heat are just one win away from their fourth straight trip to the NBA Finals after Monday night’s 102-90 win over the Indiana Pacers.
Pacers head coach Frank Vogel believes his team has a lot to think about before Game 5 on Wednesday night.
“I think anytime you lose three in a row in the playoffs, it shakes your confidence some,” Vogel said on Tuesday. “But we can’t worry about that. All we’ve got to worry about is coming back and winning Game 5 and giving us an opportunity to come down here and win one game.
“We’ve won one game in each playoff series that we’ve played here the last two years. We should have confidence that we can do that.”
The Pacers took Game 1 at home, but have lost three straight. The team will have home court if they’re able to push the series to seven games.
“I think that is when we are at our best, when our back is against the wall,” Pacers guard George Hill said. “We are going to be home in front of our fans and I’m sure they’re going to be going crazy.”
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Scoreboard Roundup – 5/26/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 5/26/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) –  NBA Playoffs – Eastern Conference Final: Miami Heat 102 – Indiana Pacers 90 (Heat lead series, 3-1)
NHL Playoffs – Western Conference Final: Los Angeles Kings 5 – Chicago Blackhawks 2 (Kings lead series, 3-1)
MLB: Texas Rangers 7 (26-25) – Minnesota Twins 2 (23-25)
Miami Marlins 3 (27-25) – Washington Nationals 2 (25-26)
Pittsburgh Pirates 5 (23-27) – New York Mets 3 (22-28)
Chicago White Sox 6 (26-27) – Cleveland Indians 2 (24-28)
Baltimore Orioles 7 (26-23) – Milwaukee Brewers 6 (30-22) 10 Innings
Boston Red Sox 8 (21-29) – Atlanta Braves 6 (28-22)
Seattle Mariners 5 (25-25) – Los Angeles Angels 1 (28-22)
New York Yankees 6 (27-23) – St. Louis Cardinals 4 (28-23) 12 Innings
Chicago Cubs 8 (19-30) – San Francisco Giants 4 (32-19)
Philadelphia Phillies 9 (22-26) – Colorado Rockies 0 (27-24)
Toronto Blue Jays 10 (30-22) – Tampa Bay Rays 5 (23-29)
Arizona Diamondbacks 7 (21-32) – San Diego Padres 5 (23-29)
Los Angeles Dodgers 4 (28-24) – Cincinnati Reds 3 (22-27)
Houston Astros 9 (20-32) – Kansas City Royals 2 (24-26)
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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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Nets Guard Deron Williams to Undergo Surgery on Both Ankles

Nets Guard Deron Williams to Undergo Surgery on Both Ankles

NBA via Brooklyn Nets(NEW YORK) — Brooklyn Nets point guard Deron Williams will undergo surgery on both ankles next week, the team announced Thursday.
“He will have a bone chip removed from his right ankle, and the left ankle will have an arthroscopic cleanout with removal of spurs from both the front and back of the ankle,” team foot and ankle specialist Dr. Martin O’Malley, who will perform the surgery, said in a statement issued by the team.
For the past two seasons, Williams has been plagued by persistent injuries in both of his ankles. He has received multiple cortisone shots and platelet-rich-plasma injections to help ease the pain, but the problem has not gone away.
Williams averaged just 14.3 points and 6.1 assists in 64 games during the regular season for the Nets, the lowest totals since his rookie year. In 12 playoff games, he averaged 14.5 points and 5.8 assists.  The Nets were eliminated by the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference semifinals.
The procedures are scheduled for next Tuesday. The 29-year-old Williams still has three years and $63.1 million remaining on his deal with the Nets.
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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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Scoreboard Roundup – 5/20/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 5/20/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — NBA Playoffs – Eastern Conference Finals: Miami Heat 87 – Indiana Pacers 83 (Series tied, 1-1)
NBA Draft Lottery: The Cleveland Cavaliers win the first pick.
MLB: Atlanta Braves 5 (25-19) – Milwaukee Brewers 0 (27-19)
Baltimore Orioles 9 (23-20) – Pittsburgh Pirates 2 (18-26)
Cleveland Indians 6 (21-25) – Detroit Tigers 2 (27-14)
Los Angeles Angels 9 (25-20) – Houston Astros 3 (17-29)
Toronto Blue Jays 7 (24-22) – Boston Red Sox 4 (20-24)
Saint Louis Cardinals 5 (24-21) – Arizona Diamondbacks 0 (18-29)
Philadelphia Phillies 6 (20-22) – Miami Marlins 5 (23-23)
Oakland Athletics 3 (29-16) – Tampa Bay Rays 0 (19-27)
Chicago Cubs 6 (16-27) – New York Yankees 1 (23-21)
Seattle Mariners 6 (22-22) – Texas Rangers 2 (21-24)
Chicago White Sox 7 (23-24) – Kansas City Royals 6 (22-23)
Los Angeles Dodgers 9 (24-22) – New York Mets 4 (20-24)
Minnesota Twins 5 (22-21) – San Diego Padres 3 (21-25)
Washington Nationals 9 (24-21) – Cincinnati Reds 4 (20-24)
Colorado Rockies 5 (26-20) – San Francisco Giants 4 (28-18)
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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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Scoreboard Roundup – 5/14/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 5/14/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — NBA Playoffs: Miami Heat 96 – Brooklyn Nets 94 (Heat win series, 4-1)
San Antonio Spurs 104 – Portland Trail Blazers 82 (Spurs win series 4-1)
NHL Playoffs: Montreal Canadiens 3 – Boston Bruins 1 (Canadiens win series, 4-3)
Los Angeles Kings 2 – Anaheim Ducks 1 (Series Tied 3-3)
MLB: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 3 (21-18) – Philadelphia Phillies 0 (17-21)
Detroit Tigers 7 (24-12) – Baltimore Orioles 5 (20-18)
Kansas City Royals 3 (20-19) – Colorado Rockies 2 (23-19)
Washington Nationals 5 (21-19) – Arizona Diamondbacks 1 (16-27)
Chicago White Sox 4 (20-22) – Oakland Athletics 2 (25-16)
San Francisco Giants 10 (26-15) – Atlanta Braves 4 (22-17)
Tampa Bay Rays 2 (18-23) – Seattle Mariners 0 (20-20)
New York Yankees 4 (20-19) – New York Mets 0 (19-20)
Houston Astros 5 (14-27) – Texas Rangers 4 (20-21)
Boston Red Sox 9 (20-19) – Minnesota Twins 4 (18-20)
Pittsburgh Pirates 4 (17-22) – Milwaukee Brewers 1 (23-15)
Cleveland Indians 15 (19-21) – Toronto Blue Jays 4 (20-21)
Miami Marlins 13 (21-20) – Los Angeles Dodgers 3 (22-20)
Chicago Cubs (13-25) at St. Louis Cardinals (20-20) Postponed due to inclement weather
San Diego Padres (19-21) at Cincinnati Reds (17-20) Postponed due to inclement weather
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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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Scoreboard Roundup – 5/12/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 5/12/14

Getty Images/Hemera (NEW YORK) — NBA Playoffs – Eastern Conference Semifinals: Miami Heat 102 – Brooklyn Nets 96 (Heat lead series, 3-1)
Western Conference Semifinals: Portland Trail Blazers 103 – San Antonio Spurs 92 (Spurs lead series, 3-1)
NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs – Eastern Conference Second Round: Montreal Canadiens 4 – Boston Bruins 0 (Series tied 3-3)
Western Conference Second Round: Anaheim Ducks 3 – Los Angeles Kings 2 (Ducks lead series, 3-2)
MLB: Detroit Tigers 4 (22-12) – Baltimore Orioles 1 (20-16)
New York Mets 9 (18-19) – New York Yankees 7 (19-18)
Toronto Blue Jays 7 (19-20) – Los Angeles Angels 3 (19-18)
Chicago Cubs 17 (13-24) – St. Louis Cardinals 5 (19-20)
Texas Rangers 4 (20-19) – Houston Astros 0 (12-27)
Seattle Mariners 12 (20-18) – Tampa Bay Rays 5 (16-23)
Oakland Athletics 5 (24-15) – Chicago White Sox 4 (19-21)
San Francisco Giants 4 (25-14) – Atlanta Braves 2 (21-16)
Washington Nationals 6 (20-18) – Arizona Diamondbacks 5 (15-26)
Los Angeles Dodgers 6 (21-19) – Miami Marlins 5 (20-19)
 
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Scoreboard Roundup – 5/10/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 5/10/14

Getty Images/Hemera(NEW YORK) — NHL Playoffs: Eastern Conference Semifinals: Boston Bruins 4 – Montreal Canadiesn 2 (Bruins lead series, 3-2) 
NBA Playoffs: Eastern Conference Semifinals: Brooklyn Nets 104 – Miami Heat 90 (Heat lead series, 2-1)

Heat Take Control Late to Clip Nets

Heat Take Control Late to Clip Nets

Chris 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…

Scoreboard Roundup – 5/8/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 5/8/14

Getty Images/Hemera (NEW YORK) — NBA Playoffs – Eastern Conference Semifinals: Miami Heat 94 – Brooklyn Nets 82 (Heat lead series, 2-0)
San Antonio Spurs 114 – Portland Trail Blazers 97 (Spurs lead series, 2-0)
NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs &nd…

Heat Rout Nets to Take 1-0 Series Lead

Heat Rout Nets to Take 1-0 Series Lead

Mike 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…

Scoreboard Roundup – 5/6/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 5/6/14

Getty Images/Hemera(NEW YORK) — NBA Eastern Conference Semi-Finals: Miami Heat 107 – Brooklyn Nets 86 (Miami leads, 1-0)
San Antonio Spurs 116 – Portland Trail Blazers 92 (San Antonio leads, 1-0)
NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs – Eastern Conferen…

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