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Pacers stay alive with 93-90 Game 5 win over Heat

Pacers Capitalize On James' Foul Trouble


BY MICHAEL MAROT
AP SPORTS WRITER

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Paul George scored 31 of his 37 points in the second half Wednesday night and almost single-handedly kept the Indiana Pacers alive in the Eastern Conference finals with a 93-90 victory over the Miami Heat.

The Pacers still trail 3-2 in the best-of-seven series. Game 6 will be played Friday night in Miami.

It took a frantic effort just to extend the series, even with the foul-plagued LeBron James held to just seven points in 23 minutes. Chris Bosh led the Heat with 20 points missed a potential go-ahead 3-pointer in the closing seconds.

Indiana turned a 50-41 deficit into a 64-57 lead after three, then led by as much as 11 in the fourth. But Miami's last-ditch rally made it 91-90 with 16 seconds to go before Indiana held on.

Miami failed to clinch its fourth straight Eastern Conference title.

The Pacers played like a desperate team trying to save their season. They chased shooters all over the floor, ran down loose balls, even put themselves in harm's way. Lance Stephenson appeared to hurt his left shoulder in the third quarter after a hard fall and still finished the game.

But hard falls and tough plays were a theme all night for a team that had been roundly criticized for its lack of effort in Monday night's loss.

"We just played. Our backs are against the wall right now so that's all we can do," George said. "We were in a position that if we lost this game, we're going home so I think that was in the backs of everybody's minds."

Until George amped it up in the second half, it looked like the Heat would close out the series with a fourth straight win.

But unlike Game 2, when the Pacers couldn't stop Dwyane Wade and James late, the Pacers fended off the closing charge from the two-time defending champs - barely.

George's incredible ability to hit big shot after big shot and a defense that refused to give the lead away late eventually saved the Pacers, and only after they twice failed twice to take advantage of James' absence in the first half. The Pacers finally figured it out midway through the third.

"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."

Trailing 50-41 with 6:56 left in the third quarter, George started the comeback with a layup and ended the 11-0 run with a steal and dunk that gave Indiana a 52-50 lead with 3:54 left in the quarter. It was the first time Indiana led since 24-22.

Miami quickly tied it on Udonis Haslem's layup.

Then the Pacers thought they had seized control. George hit a 3-pointer and Lance Stephenson drove in for a layup to make it 57-52, and when George hit a buzzer-beating 3 to end the third, the Pacers led 64-57.

Indiana extended the lead to as much as 77-66 when George followed another steal with a dunk.

But when James re-entered, Miami took off. The Heat scored nine straight to make it 77-75 and finally tied it at 81 on James' only 3 of the night with 3:51 to play.

Indiana got a short bank shot from West and 20-foot jumper from George to make it 85-81. Bosh and Rashard Lewis, who had 18 points, each hits 3s in the final 1:16 to cut the lead to one, but George hit a 3 and David West made 1 of 2 free throws to seal it.

"It's going to be a totally different ball game (in Miami)," George said. "But we have to rise to the challenge. It will be a fun matchup."

Notes: George's 21 fourth-quarter points were the most ever scored in one quarter of a playoff game against Miami. The previous best was 20 by Michael Jordan in May 1997. ... Miami was plus-15 in the first half when James was on the bench. ... Roy Hibbert had five rebounds in the first 6:42 after having only five in Game 4 and two in Game 3. ... Indy native and 10-time Grammy Award winner Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds sang the National Anthem.

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tinyminpins May 29 2014 at 1:30 AM

They won because of money. They have another game that way. It's all about the money. Miami lost this game on purpose. How can you win one game by 40 and then lose the next game to the same team? MONEYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY

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Janis/Brian May 29 2014 at 7:30 AM

Its a joke. Its fixed. More games=more money. The NBA is pathetic.

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Warren May 29 2014 at 12:57 AM

Indiana sucks. Bailed out by refs!

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larry4cars Warren May 29 2014 at 1:53 AM

We watched the NBA.... WWE style!!!! This game was decided before it started!!! Twice Lebron was called for fouls when his back was turned from the Pisser with the ball and another time he was called for a foul after Stephenson tackled him. Fixed fights killed boxing!!! Not even the winning team likes watching predetermined games!!! This was pathetically obvious!!! We had to watch the best player in the world and the most entertaining part of this sport, sit on the bench. What a waste of our time and money!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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eagle3636 Warren May 29 2014 at 11:08 AM

Indiana better team . when game called fairly heat loses James sit. LaFoul aka LaFlp is the biggest fouler in league !

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mad_dawg_1 May 29 2014 at 2:34 PM

I love it. George gets fined 25 grand for comments about refs. Next game they finaly start calling james for the fouls they should have been calling all season.
Them lame james whines about being called.
THERE IS NOW WAY A PLAYER PLAYS THAT HARD AGAINST ANOTHER AND DOES NOT GET CALLED FOR FOULS.
James is no better than any other player.
This is the same thing all the other teams had to deal with when jorden was playing.

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Wolmers1965 May 29 2014 at 6:58 AM

It is always a pleasure to know that queen james loses an NBA game; especially a playoff game. queen james is the most over-rated NBA player since 1960!! When the LA Lakers, Boston Celtics and San Antonio Spurs were winning, they played against top notch teams who were not aged and riddled with injuries and being poorly managed ... I do not know about the play offs, during the regular season queen james has referee protection. The way queen james left Cleveland ... classless!

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tagg4 Wolmers1965 May 29 2014 at 7:55 AM

So these are wrong ? 2014 Playoffs Statistics
PPG27.3 RPG7.00 APG4.9 EFF+ 29.50

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eagle3636 Wolmers1965 May 29 2014 at 11:09 AM

So true!

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THE BIG O.G. May 29 2014 at 10:46 AM

Great determination and heart was shown by Indiana and Paul George. Indiana seems to play better after they get embarrassed.

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eagle3636 May 29 2014 at 11:06 AM

game called well, LaFoul aka LaFlop on bench scores 7 points, Heat loses. Yep call the game right and LaFoul aka LaFlop fouls out and heat loses!!

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Cindy May 29 2014 at 12:16 PM

Foul trouble ? LeBron was in foul trouble, I must be dreamin".

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Buzzard May 29 2014 at 1:18 PM

Like who cares James only gets seven points ha ha what a fraud N B A World federation I think

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napa422 May 29 2014 at 2:44 PM

WANT SOME LAUGHS?? WATCH GSN...JUDGE MATHIS, PATERNITY COURT, JUDGE ALEX, MAURY, MILLIONAIRE, NEWLYWED GAME, WENDY WILLIAMS, QUEEN LATIFA, FAMILY FEUD, BILL CUNNINGHAM.... etc ETC ETC...WERE ALL THE WHITE HOSTS FIRED??? WHAT IS GOING ON???

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