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Pacers use rally to beat Heat, 84-83

LeBron Elbows Hibbert In The Face

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Paul George scored 23 points and Roy Hibbert had 21, leading the Indiana Pacers back from a seven-point fourth-quarter deficit for an 84-83 victory over the Miami Heat on Wednesday night.

The NBA's best home team ended a two-game losing streak, took a 2-1 lead in the season series against the two-time defending champions and rebuilt a three-game advantage in the race for the Eastern Conference's top seed. Indiana (52-20) also clinched its second straight Central Division crown, something it hadn't done since 1998-99 and 1999-2000.

LeBron James scored 38 points, but Miami managed just one basket over the final 3:54.

Chris Bosh had a jumper at the buzzer to win it but it hit nothing but air.

George had two monster dunks - one over LeBron James - to get the Pacers back in the game.

It was a good, old-fashioned grudge match right down to the final shot - Bosh's air ball from slightly to the right of the top of the key.

There were flagrant fouls and bodies flying. Lance Stephenson was ejected midway through the fourth quarter after picking up his second technical foul. And nobody had a rougher night, physically, than James.

He tripped in the first quarter and wound up dribbling the ball while sitting down. He got knocked to the ground and slid into the basket support late in the third quarter. He did a push up following another hard fall early in the fourth, and then got whacked across the face before shooting free throws. Before the game ended, James was called for a flagrant foul for an elbow on a layup, an elbow that landed squarely in the face of the 7-foot-2, 285- Hibbert.

The shot left Hibbert on the ground and stumbled when he tried to get up.

Plus, James had to contend with all those picks from Indiana's All-Star center, too. And he wound up with six turnovers, including the one that led to an Evan Turner layup that gave Indiana the lead for good with 90 seconds to go.

The Pacers just refused to go down at home.

After trailing by as much as 68-61 in the final minute of the third quarter and by seven again early in the fourth, Indiana charged back - twice.

George started the first spurt by driving for the first of his two big dunks. Turner followed that with an 11-foot jumper and then George drove down the middle again, slamming the ball over the hand of the trailing James to pull Indiana within 70-69.

James answered with two free throws, and then drew the flagrant foul. Hibbert made 1 of 2 free throws and George finally tied the score at 72 with 6:58 to play.

Things were just getting started.

The Pacers retook the lead on a 7-foot jumper from Stephenson. But 64 seconds later after scoring on a driving layup to make it 76-72, Stephenson drew his second technical on the ensuing celebration.

The play gave Miami another chance. Dwayne Wade made 1 of 2 free throws and James knocked down a 3 on the ensuing possession to tie it again, and when James made a nifty pass to the cutting Wade for a dunk, Miami led again.

But the Pacers came right back.

Hibbert made 1 of 2 free throws to cut the lead to 80-77 with 3:08 to go, Turner scored on the layup following James' sixth turnover and Turner drove in for another layup after yet another Miami turnover to make it 81-80. All Miami could muster after that was a 3 from Bosh with 2.9 seconds to go.

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Old Fox Inn Inc. March 27 2014 at 8:57 AM

Once again, Pacers get a great victory, but the huffingliberal press just wants to talk about miami
NOTHING in the midwest can be good NO hetero can by good. NO Christian can be good, and ALL us rural people are just hayseeds

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twofourfive Old Fox Inn Inc. March 27 2014 at 9:11 AM

stop you crybaby

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sdowns1470 twofourfive March 27 2014 at 9:36 AM

I agree with Old Fox Inn, it is the same old thing with the Spurs, even after all these years I have gotten used to it but it still bothers me. They never get the respect they deserve, they have a good team and players who do not get into legal trouble. Yet here is Miami and Lebron, Wade, and Bosh get all the attention not the Pacers. It sickens me because teams who should get respect don't and the teams that shouldn't get respect do.

I saw the video above, Lebron did foul Hibbert pretty bad and really that was not called for. If it were me, I would have ejected him and let him think about what he had done. There is no reason to foul somebody like that even if you are a pro athlete, I do not give a rat's behind who you are that kind of foul is uncalled for.

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sdowns1470 Old Fox Inn Inc. March 27 2014 at 9:42 AM

I agree with you, it is the same old thing with the Spurs year in and year out. The press will focus on any other team but the Spurs unless they win the NBA title. The Pacers did a good job with Miami last night, did not get the game because I do not live near either team's city. I am a Spurs fan and they have won 15 games in a row now, but do they get attention for that? Heck no, they don't but here they are with the league's best record (55-16) and still manage to be one of the better franchises in the league.

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brassingtonmtg sdowns1470 March 27 2014 at 4:01 PM

u r soooo right about that.......they are a great team..... Duncan is sooo good and sooo low key...
He is humble but the press does not appreciate his kind only the loud mouth tugs..
I am keeping my fingers crossed for the Spurs....great record so far!!!

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adswing1 March 27 2014 at 4:28 AM

How about the travel call before the flagrant!! Hey Refs were you watching anything. Lebron only took about 4 steps, whats up with that!!!

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zzyxx March 27 2014 at 2:27 AM

lebron!...go to your room!

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Chef March 27 2014 at 8:46 AM

Has anyone heard of traveling anymore?

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jipps9 Chef March 27 2014 at 9:13 AM

agreed. im watching the video and he took 3 or 4 steps then a hop and took off.

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Chef jipps9 March 27 2014 at 9:20 AM

I think this all started back in the days of Michael Jordan. If you watch footage from his games he traveled many times, but the refs looked the other way.

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cact25 March 27 2014 at 1:54 AM

Good call on James. I am sick of the crap he gets away with. Way to go Pacers!

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morob54 March 27 2014 at 6:50 PM

I see no mention of the 3 that was stolen away by the refs from wade in the corner when thy said he was out of bounds . Hen clearly on replay he was not .

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robert.hall49 March 27 2014 at 1:48 AM

That is a concussion, did you not watch the slow motion replay? Maybe Lebron is not happy over his broken nose and is taking it out on other players. His arm is bent and that is a well disguised trowing of an elbow. Now I am not as tall as Lebron but my arms are always extended not elbows out when I go up for a shot. Would have been nice if he had shown some remorse after that elbow. I play a rough round ball but I apologize after I give you a black eye.

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Shawn robert.hall49 March 27 2014 at 1:49 AM

Lots of people have goofy shots with elbows in the air. Hibbert just wanted to get a foul. And instead got his chin wrecked. Serves him right.

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pivo666 robert.hall49 March 27 2014 at 2:52 AM

To compare your shots to LBJ's is first and foremost downright hysterical....after getting 2 no calls after getting tackled and a hit to the face ( 2 obvious F-fouls) that hibbert call was a joke sorry he' s a ***** but that;s what happens when a player is already up in the air and you jump into their elbow...awful call....along with the Wade 3 pointer that was taken away the Hill travel to seal it....Heat played awful except for LBJ we really missed Allen,,,,,see ya on the 11th.....looking forward to it...cause besides James be couldn't play much worse.....and still a 1 point game....amazing! And really remorse after getting denied 2 flagrants.....lol!!!!! When have you v=every seen two rival teams show remorse for a hard foul....LA LA LAND!!!!

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ChainSaw pivo666 March 27 2014 at 4:17 AM

U still mad bro?

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williamdeafkid March 27 2014 at 9:45 AM

Lebron should try MMA.

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snyderkl March 27 2014 at 9:59 AM

It's funny how boring the NBA has become because the players are so tall and their's little challeng that the big event is the Flopping of The Stars. I guess the NBA is a new reality type of drama.

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randmhunley March 27 2014 at 9:57 AM

if you cant beat them
just beat them down

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