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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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17 weeks ago

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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Evan Turner Signing Makes all the Sense in the World For Boston Celtics

Jul 22 2014 1:21pm CDT | Source: Rant Sports

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  On Monday, the Boston Celtics reached a one year agreement with free agent Evan Turner that will pay him a percentage of their mid-level exception. In his fifth year in the league, Turner averaged 14.0 PPG, 3.2 APG and 5.0 RPG between stints with the Philadelphia 76ers and Indiana Pacer ...
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4 days ago

Report: Celtics Will Sign Free Agent Evan Turner

Jul 21 2014 4:45pm CDT | Source: dime mag

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After an abysmal 27 games to finish the 2013-14 regular season with the Pacers, Indiana decided not to extend Evan Turner a qualifying offer this summer, making him an unrestricted free agent. According to the Boston Herald, Turner is expected to sign with the Celtics for part of their mid-level exception. Here’s the Herald’s Steve […] The post Report: Celtics Will Sign Free Agent Evan Turner appeared first on Di ...
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1 week ago

Evan Turner Receives Interest From Celtics, Wolves

Jul 14 2014 10:03am CDT | Source: RealGM Basketball Wiretap

Indiana Pacers v Washington Wizards
Evan Turner has received interest from the Boston Celtics and Minnesota Timberwolves. Turner finished last season with the Indiana Pacers, but doesn't figure into their plans. Turner was the second overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft by ...
Source: RealGM Basketball Wiretap   Full article at: RealGM Basketball Wiretap
 

 
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1 week ago

Hornets To Pursue Lance Stephenson With Hayward's Contract Matched

Jul 12 2014 1:04pm CDT | Source: RealGM Basketball Wiretap

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The Charlotte Hornets will next pursue Lance Stephenson with their cap space that was earmarked for Gordon Hayward before their offer sheet was matched by the Utah Jazz. The Indiana Pacers have a five-year, $44 million offer on the table to Stephenson. The Dallas Mavericks may also get involved with Stephenson depending on what the Houst ...
Source: RealGM Basketball Wiretap   Full article at: RealGM Basketball Wiretap
 

 
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Hornets To Pursue Lance Stephenson

Jul 12 2014 1:04pm CDT | Source: RealGM Basketball Wiretap

Utah Jazz v Dallas Mavericks
The Charlotte Hornets will next pursue Lance Stephenson with their cap space that was earmarked for Gordon Hayward before their offer sheet was matched by the Utah Jazz. The Indiana Pacers have a five-year, $44 million offer on the table to Stephenson. The Dallas Mavericks may also get involved with Stephenson depending ...
Source: RealGM Basketball Wiretap   Full article at: RealGM Basketball Wiretap
 

 
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7 weeks ago

Bird wants Stephenson back with Pacers at the right price

Jun 2 2014 2:37pm CDT | Source: globeandmail

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Indiana guard was roundly criticized for his over-the-top antics with LeBron James in the Easte ...
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7 weeks ago

Lance Stephenson Pays Respect to LeBron in Instagram Post After Game 6 Loss

May 31 2014 11:29am CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

In case you have been living under a rock for the past week, there's been some bad blood between Lance Stephenson and LeBron James. First, there was the whole blowing-in-ear incident, and in Game 6, there was the face-touching controversy.It quickly grew as one of the stranger—but more entertaining—NBA rivalries and was on full display throughout the Eastern Conference Finals.After the Miami Heat beat the Indiana Pacers 117-92 Friday night to adva ...
Source: Bleacher Report  Full article at: Bleacher Report
 

 
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8 weeks ago

Pacers’ Stephenson Gets in James’s Ear, but Not in His Head

May 29 2014 7:48pm CDT | Source: New York Times: Sports

Indiana Pacers v Miami Heat
Indiana stayed alive by winning Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals as Miami’s LeBron James was limited to 7 points. ...
Source: New York Times: Sports   Full article at: New York Times: Sports
 

 
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8 weeks ago

SportsCenter Graphic Fail Has the Miami Heat Already in the NBA Finals

May 29 2014 8:13am CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

The 2014 ESPYS - Arrivals
Tell us how you really feel, Bristol. Judging by a chyron fail on SportsCenter on Thursday morning, ESPN has officially hitched its wagon to the Heat.  Spotted by the good folks at Busted Coverage, the graphic read, “Heat Back to Finals.” Paul George would beg to differ.  The Pacers star cooked up 37 points against the Heat in a must-win Game 5 on Wednesday night and reminded everyone of exactly how dangerous this Indiana team can be w ...
Source: Bleacher Report  Full article at: Bleacher Report
 

 
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8 weeks ago

6 NBA Teams with the Most Work to Do During 2014 Offseason

May 29 2014 7:40am CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

Chicago Bulls v Sacramento Kings
It wasn't long ago that a Chicago Bulls-Los Angeles Lakers matchup would have been a realistic prediction for the NBA Finals. Now, those two franchises are on the outside looking in, and they (like many others) have significant work to do during the 2014 offseason. Chicago and L.A. are easy teams to highlight when it comes to organizations seeking changes; however, they're not the only squads with a tough summer ahead. Their respective decisions involving ...
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