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NBA: Pacers Beat Heat 84-83, Clinch Central Division
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NBA: Pacers Beat Heat 84-83, Clinch Central Division

Mar 27 2014, 1:32am CDT | by

The Indiana Pacers beat the Miami Heat, 84-83 on March 26 to clinch their second consecutive Central Division title and increase their lead over Miami to three games for the East's No. 1 playoff seed.

The Indiana Pacers beat the Miami Heat, 84-83 on March 27 to clinch their second straight Central Division title. Paul George scored 23 points while Roy Hibbert scored 17 of his 21 pointsin the...

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NBA: Pacers Beat Heat 84-83, Clinch Central Division

Mar 27 2014, 1:32am CDT | by

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The Indiana Pacers beat the Miami Heat, 84-83 on March 26 to clinch their second consecutive Central Division title and increase their lead over Miami to three games for the East's No. 1 playoff seed.

The Indiana Pacers beat the Miami Heat, 84-83 on March 27 to clinch their second straight Central Division title.

Paul George scored 23 points while Roy Hibbert scored 17 of his 21 pointsin the first half to help the Pacers overcome a 38-point night from reigning MVP, Heat forward LeBron James.  

Even though Indiana shot just 37 percent from the floor, it was able to make two crucial stops in the end game to seal the victory. After Pacers point guard George Hill uncharacteristically missed two free throws, Heat forward/center Chris Bosh shot an air ball from 20 feet which would have won the game for Miami at the buzzer. 

Pacers.com's Scott Agness described the playoff-type atmosphere in his game recap

"With the Heat in town for the final time during the regular season, the game was built up like a playoff game. There was an overflow of media on hand that provided all-day coverage, plus colored cards awaiting each fan at their seat that together revealed "BEAT THE HEAT." 

"Walking through Indiana's locker room pregame, it was clear that it wasn't just an ordinary game. They were mostly quiet, locked in and ready for an upcoming task -- beat the defending champs, again." 

After Hibbert's first-quarter tear propelled Indiana to a 23-17 lead after the first quarter, the Heat shot 62 percent in the second period while it limited the Pacers to just 29 percent shooting. Lance Stephenson scored nine of his 15 points in the quarter for Indiana, per Agness.

Miami scored 28 points in the quarter to take a 45-44 lead at halftime.

The Heat unleashed a 15-2 run in the final two-and-a-half minutes of the third quarter. Mario Chalmers had consecutive baskets, Rashard Lewis made a three-pointer from top of the key, Norris Cole made a three-pointer form the left corner and James knocked down two free throws to give Miami a 68-61 lead. 

George's dunk off an assist by reserve point guard Donald Sloan made it 68-63 in favor of Miami at the end of three quarters. 

With five minutes remaining in the game, Stephenson, who got into a skirmish with Heat guard Dwyane Wade in the second quarter, was slapped with his second technical foul and an automatic ejection after he jawed with Wade on his way to the other end of the court.

Stephenson's bucket made it 76-72 in favor of the Pacers before he was tossed from the game.    

Enter Evan Turner. 

Turner, one of the players the Pacers acquired for Danny Granger, came through. After the Heat went on an 8-0 run to go up by four, Turner's two layups in the waning moments put Indiana back in front 81-80. 

James tried to regain the lead for Miami on a triple but he missed. Pacers forward David West made a three-pointer -- just his fourth of the season -- with the shot clock running down on the other end to give the Pacers an 84-80 lead. 

Bosh made a three-pointer to cut the deficit to two with two seconds remaining before Hill's two botched charities. 

Bosh told Joseph Goodman of The Miami Herald that had he had enough time on his hands, he would have made jumper at the buzzer. 

"It didn't have enough time. If I had about a half more second or one more second it would have been, but there was no time. It was two passes. You can't make two passes and set for a shot at the end."

The game was a physical one -- James stuck a cotton swab in his nose after getting hit in the face, Wade iced his right hamstring and Hibbert took an elbow to the face from a driving James in the fourth quarter which left him very dazed.  

West aptly summed it up at game's end, per The Associated Press

"They're a tough team, psychologically against most teams they have the edge. They've got the best player in the game. Their pedigree, their entire organization, you understand what you're going to get." 

The win ups the Pacers win-loss record to 52-20 to take a three-game lead for the East's No. 1 playoff seed over the Heat, who slipped to 48-22. 

 
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Turner Has Nothing Bad To Say About Pacers, Not Weighed Down By Expectations As Former 2nd Overall Pick

Sep 29 2014 7:47pm CDT | Source: RealGM Basketball Wiretap

Evan Turner was supposed to push the Indiana Pacers over the hump last spring, but they ended falling at the hands of the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals for the second-straight season. Turner’s arrival, which came via a deadline trade with the Philadelphia 76ers, wasn’t the only thing that didn’t go Indiana’s way in the second half, but he quickly became one of the faces of the ...
Source: RealGM Basketball Wiretap   Full article at: RealGM Basketball Wiretap
 

 
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Police make arrest in Paul George burglary

Sep 17 2014 9:32am CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

INDIANAPOLIS– Police have arrested a man in connection with the April burglary at the Indianapolis home of Indiana Pacers star Paul George. Indianapolis police say 43-year-old Michael Lewis of Whitestown was arrested Wednesday on burglary and theft charges for the April 28 break-in during which George’s platinum All-Star ring valued at $15,000 was taken. Police say detectives believe the burglary was random act and that Lewis didn’t specifically target George’s home, which is on the city’ ...
Source: Sportsnet.ca   Full article at: Sportsnet.ca
 

 
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2 weeks ago

Police make arrest in Paul George burglary

Sep 17 2014 9:32am CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

INDIANAPOLIS– Police have arrested a man in connection with the April burglary at the Indianapolis home of Indiana Pacers star Paul George. Indianapolis police say 43-year-old Michael Lewis of Whitestown was arrested Wednesday on burglary and theft charges for the April 28 break-in during which George’s platinum All-Star ring valued at $15,000 was taken. Police say detectives believe the burglary was random act and that ...
Source: Sportsnet.ca   Full article at: Sportsnet.ca
 

 
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2 weeks ago

Police make arrest in Paul George burglary

Sep 17 2014 9:32am CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

INDIANAPOLIS– Police have arrested a man in connection with the April burglary at the Indianapolis home of Indiana Pacers star Paul George. Indianapolis police say 43-year-old Michael Lewis of Whitestown was arrested Wednesday on burglary and theft charges for the April 28 break-in during which George’s platinum All-Star ring valued at $15,000 was taken. Police say detectives believe the burglary was random act and t ...
Source: Sportsnet.ca   Full article at: Sportsnet.ca
 

 
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2 weeks ago

Police make arrest in Paul George burglary

Sep 17 2014 9:32am CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

INDIANAPOLIS– Police have arrested a man in connection with the April burglary at the Indianapolis home of Indiana Pacers star Paul George. Indianapolis police say 43-year-old Michael Lewis of Whitestown was arrested Wednesday on burglary and theft charges for the April 28 break-in during which George’s platinum All-Star ring valued at $15,000 was taken. Police say detectives believe the burglary was random act and that Lewis didn’t specif ...
Source: Sportsnet.ca   Full article at: Sportsnet.ca
 

 
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2 weeks ago

Police make arrest in Paul George burglary

Sep 17 2014 9:32am CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

INDIANAPOLIS– Police have arrested a man in connection with the April burglary at the Indianapolis home of Indiana Pacers star Paul George. Indianapolis police say 43-year-old Michael Lewis of Whitestown was arrested Wednesday on burglary and theft charges for the April 28 break-in during which George’s platinum All-Star ring valued at $15,000 was taken. Police say detectives believe the burglary was random act and that Lewis didn’t specifically targ ...
Source: Sportsnet.ca   Full article at: Sportsnet.ca
 

 
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2 weeks ago

Police make arrest in Paul George burglary

Sep 17 2014 9:32am CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

INDIANAPOLIS– Police have arrested a man in connection with the April burglary at the Indianapolis home of Indiana Pacers star Paul George. Indianapolis police say 43-year-old Michael Lewis of Whitestown was arrested Wednesday on burglary and theft charges for the April 28 break-in during which George’s platinum All-Star ring valued at $15,000 was taken. Police say detectives believe the burglary was random act and that Lewis didn’t specifically target George’s home, whi ...
Source: Sportsnet.ca   Full article at: Sportsnet.ca
 

 
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2 weeks ago

Police make arrest in Paul George burglary

Sep 17 2014 9:32am CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

INDIANAPOLIS– Police have arrested a man in connection with the April burglary at the Indianapolis home of Indiana Pacers star Paul George. Indianapolis police say 43-year-old Michael Lewis of Whitestown was arrested Wednesday on burglary and theft charges for the April 28 break-in during which George’s platinum All-Star ring valued at $15,000 was taken. Police say detectives believe the burglary was random act and that Lewis didn’t specifically target George’s home, which is on the city’s ...
Source: Sportsnet.ca   Full article at: Sportsnet.ca
 

 
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2 weeks ago

Paul George Says the NFL Should Let Ray Rice Play

Sep 11 2014 9:20am CDT | Source: slamonline

In a series of ill-advised Twitter ramblings Thursday morning, Indiana Pacers All-Star forward Paul George came to the defense of former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice. Rice, of course, was kicked off the team this week and banned indefinitely by the NFL after a video surfaced of him knocking out his wife. Following the inevitable backlash online, George backtracked a bit: Keep it 100 lets act on this police violence like we actin on this Ray Rice cas ...
Source: slamonline   Full article at: slamonline
 

 
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2 weeks ago

Pacers’ George tweets support for Ray Rice

Sep 11 2014 9:03am CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

Indiana Pacers star Paul George is under fire for his comments Thursday on Twitter in regards to the Ray Rice domestic violence incident. George deleted the tweets moments after making them. Rice was recently charged with felony aggravated assault after punching Janay Rice in a hotel elevator earlier this year. George apologized Thursday morning about his comments. Let me apologize to the women and to the VICTIMS of domestic violence peo ...
Source: Sportsnet.ca   Full article at: Sportsnet.ca
 

 

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