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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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Erazem Lorbek Agrees To Buyout With Barcelona

Aug 28 2014 8:57am CDT | Source: RealGM Basketball Wiretap

Erazem Lorbek and Barcelona have agreed upon a contract buyout. Lorbek was originally drafted by the Indiana Pacers, but his draft rights were dealt to the San Antonio Spurs as part of the Kawhi Leonard trade in 2011. The Spurs have just one ...
Source: RealGM Basketball Wiretap   Full article at: RealGM Basketball Wiretap
 

 
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Spain - Colton Iverson (ex Besiktas) agreed terms with Laboral Kutxa

Aug 12 2014 5:08am CDT | Source: eurobasket

ColtonIversonLaboral Kutxa Vitoria (Liga Endesa) strengthened their roster with addition of 25-year old American center Colton Iverson (208-116kg-89, college: Colorado State). He played most recently at Besiktas in Turkish TBL league. In 29 games he recorded 6.2ppg and 4.3rpg last season. Iverson also played 18 games in Eurocup where he averaged 8.8ppg and 5.5rpg. Last year he was drafted by Indiana Pacers (NBA) in s ...
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Italy - Orlando Johnson is a newcomer at Enel Brindisi

Aug 11 2014 10:37am CDT | Source: eurobasket

OrlandoJohnsonEnel Basket Brindisi (Serie A) added to their roster 25-year old American swingman Orlando Johnson (196-99kg-89, college: UCSB). He played previous season at Sacramento Kings in the NBA. But in 7 games he recorded just 1.3ppg. Johnson also played at the Pacers in NBA that season. In 38 games he averaged only 2.4ppg and 1.3rpg previous season. The other team he played shortly was Fort Wayne Mad Ants in D-League. In ...
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MarShon Brooks Moving Toward Deal With Olimpia Milano

Aug 5 2014 10:57pm CDT | Source: RealGM Basketball Wiretap

MarShon Brooks is moving toward finalizing a deal with Olimpia Milano Armani of Italy and the Euroleague, a source tells RealGM. Brooks previously received interest from the Indiana Pacers this offseason. Brooks finished this past season with the Los Angeles Lakers after previously playing for both the Boston Celtics and Golde ...
Source: RealGM Basketball Wiretap   Full article at: RealGM Basketball Wiretap
 

 
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3 weeks ago

Paul George Injury Could Indirectly Impact Indianapolis Colts’ Preseason

Aug 5 2014 5:01pm CDT | Source: Rant Sports

About a year ago, being an Indianapolis sports fan felt like you’d bought low on a hot stock and were braced for 10 years of potential championship excitement. The Indianapolis Colts bumbled their way into Andrew Luck, who has already lived up to impossible hype. The Indiana Pacers uncovered a series of diamon ...
Source: Rant Sports   Full article at: Rant Sports
 

 
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3 weeks ago

NBA: Andrew Bynum, Greg Oden To Work Out For Clippers

Aug 5 2014 3:14pm CDT | Source: lakersnation

Former Laker Andrew Bynum hasn’t had any success since being traded to the Philadelphia 76ers back in the summer of 2012. Bynum was coming off a career year in his final season with the Los Angeles Lakers, but struggled to stay healthy during his short stints with the 76ers, Cleveland ...
Source: lakersnation   Full article at: lakersnation
 

 
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4 weeks ago

Mike Krzyzewski and Floyd Mayweather Visited Paul George in the Hospital

Aug 3 2014 11:15am CDT | Source: The Big Lead

Paul George underwent successful surgery after fracturing his right tibia and fibula in a Team USA exhibition. The devastating injury will likely sideline him for the entirety of the 2014-2015 season, effectively crushing the once-high hopes of the Indiana Pacers. Seeing one of the game’s best players fall victim to such a gut-wrenching injury is hard to stomach. If there’s anything positive to be taken from the situation, it’s the overwhelming support ...
Source: The Big Lead   Full article at: The Big Lead
 

 
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5 weeks ago

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

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

  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 Pacers. Although his time in Indiana was short-lived and […] ...
Source: Rant Sports   Full article at: Rant Sports
 

 
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6 weeks ago

Report: Celtics Will Sign Free Agent Evan Turner

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

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 Dime Magazine (dimemag.com) : Daily NBA News, NBA Trad ...
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