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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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Grizzlies kick off season with baby dressed like Simba from 'The Lion King'

Oct 31 2014 10:56am CDT | Source: SBNation

New seasons, new beginnings for a #GreaterMemphis! #CircleOfLife Starting off the 2014-2015 season right, 1-0! A photo posted by Memphis Grizzlies (@memgrizz) on Oct 10, 2014 at 10:11am PDT The Memphis Grizzlies started the season 1-0 after a win over the Indiana Pacers and it's all because of this baby. It's hard to remember much as a child, which is probably a ...
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Bosnia - Bosna lands Joey Woods

Oct 26 2014 4:59am CDT | Source: eurobasket

Joey WoodsBosna ASA BH Telecom Sarajevo (Division I) tabbed 25-year old American point guard Joey Woods (191-93kg-89, college: Upper Iowa). He played most recently at Indiana Pacers in Eurobasket Summer League in Portsmouth, which helped him to get the job in pro basketball. In three ESL games he averaged 13.7ppg and 2.3rpg. He just graduated from Upper Iowa University and it will be his first season in pro basketball. Woods played in the final of Eurobasket Summer Leagu ...
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Indiana Pacers vs. Minnesota Timberwolves 10/21/14: Video Highlights and Recap

Oct 21 2014 11:37pm CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

The Indiana Pacers looked to get their preseason back on track on Tuesday when they faced the Minnesota Timberwolves. The Pacers looked to find a rhythm without star Paul George, and they faced a talented young T-Wolves squad, led by Andrew Wiggins and Zach LaVine ...
Source: Bleacher Report  Full article at: Bleacher Report
 

 
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How Did Paul George, Bradley Beal, and Kevin Durant's Injuries Affect Their Teams' Vegas Odds?

Oct 13 2014 2:50pm CDT | Source: The Big Lead

It’s been a tumultuous offseason for NBA injuries. In August, Paul George went down with a gruesome broken leg during a Team USA scrimmage; over the weekend, Bradley Beal fractured his wrist and is expected to miss 6-8 weeks, and Kevin Durant is also expected to miss about that amount of time with a fractured foot. Obviously, Paul George’s injury was the most disastrous to his team; WestGate Las Veg ...
Source: The Big Lead   Full article at: The Big Lead
 

 
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Stuckey: Pistons' Decline Started By Trading Away Billups

Oct 10 2014 12:08am CDT | Source: RealGM Basketball Wiretap

Rodney Stuckey used Chauncey Billups as a mentor while both played with the Detroit Pistons. The Indiana Pacers' new guard believes the Pistons' downspin both as a team and individually started from the franchise trading Chauncey Billups for Allen Iverson in 2008. “Once Chauncey was traded, everything went downhill from there,” Stuckey said. “Chauncey was the glue who held everything together. Once he was traded, it was a domino effect. One th ...
Source: RealGM Basketball Wiretap   Full article at: RealGM Basketball Wiretap
 

 
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Kyrylo Fesenko Fails at Trying to Copy Zach LaVine Windmill Dunk

Oct 7 2014 6:40pm CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

Zach LaVine is a high-flyer, we all know this. Kyrylo Fesenko? Not so much. During the Minnesota Timberwolves' warm-up for their preseason matchup against the Indiana Pacers, the 6'5" LaVine easily threw down a windmill. The 7'1" Fesenko saw his teammate and wanted a piece of that action. Despite being a few inches taller, Fesenko couldn't get enough air and was rejected by the rim. Like the Minneso ...
Source: Bleacher Report  Full article at: Bleacher Report
 

 
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7 weeks ago

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 Pacers’ demise ...
Source: RealGM Basketball Wiretap   Full article at: RealGM Basketball Wiretap
 

 

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Poch de la Rosa follows all major U.S. sports: NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL and the NCAA. His favorite teams are the Colts, Braves, Pacers, Sharks and Irish, respectively.

 

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