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Pacers beat Heat, tie East final

MIAMI — David West's right hand helped the Pacers grab home-court advantage in the Eastern Conference final.

Roy Hibbert scored 29, West knocked away two passes by LeBron James for huge turnovers in the final minute, and the Pacers evened the East title series with a 97-93 victory over the Heat in Game 2 on Friday night.

Paul George scored 22, George Hill had 18 and West finished with 13 as Indiana handed Miami its fourth loss in its past 50 games.

"We did a good job of staying the course,'' West said. "We're a tough-it-out team. And we stayed calm. We didn't waver. We stuck together. We've been through the wringer before. We're young guys, but we know what we're doing.''

James scored 36, Chris Bosh had 17 Dwyane Wade had 14. The Heat led 88-84 in the fourth quarter, then was outscored 13-5 the rest of the way. And West was the biggest reason.

With Indiana up 95-93, West intercepted a pass that James was throwing to Ray Allen with 43 seconds left, but the Pacers didn't even get a shot off on the ensuing possession. Indiana may have gotten lucky that the shot clock expired with the ball rolling around — if Wade had collected the ball, he had Mario Chalmers all alone at the other end.

On the next Miami possession, James drove to the right block, spun and passed toward the perimeter. West knocked it off-course and the Pacers gained possession. Hill made two free throws with 8.3 seconds left to clinch it.

The Heat trailed for virtually all of the game's first 30 minutes, then tied the score three times in the third quarter — but Indiana always had a response.

Bosh made a 3-pointer to give Miami an 88-84 lead, its biggest of the night.

Indiana scored the next five points, James' three-point play with 3:32 left put the Heat on top 91-89, and Hibbert answered with a jump hook over James to tie it for the 10th time.

If there was any remaining lament from losing Game 1 on the final play of overtime, the Pacers made sure it didn't show. They trailed for all of 15 seconds in the first half, and after neither team held a lead of more than seven in the series opener, Indiana led by 10 late in the first quarter and by 13 with a minute to go before the half.

Hibbert was either unguarded or unguardable, making six of his eight shots in the first two quarters and getting to the line on the way to a 19-point half.

tony allen fined: The league fined Grizzlies guard Tony Allen $5,000 for violating the anti-flopping rule during Game 2. Officials called a flagrant foul on Manu Ginobili for grabbing Allen's arm on a drive late in regulation Tuesday night. Allen hit the court and rolled over, holding his head. Replay showed he never hit his head on the court.

around the league: The Magic will not to renew the contract of Matt Guokas, its color commentator since 2004. No reason was given. Guokas, the team's first coach from 1989-93, could not be reached. … Flynn Robinson, a guard on the Lakers' 1971-72 championship team, died Thursday in Los Angeles at 72 after a two-year fight with cancer. In seven NBA seasons he averaged 14.5 points. Robinson once recalled that Lakers owner Jack Kent Cooke gave each player a $5 pen set after their 33-game winning streak in '71-72. "Wilt (Chamberlain) had everybody put all the pens in the middle of the floor and stepped on them," Robinson said. "We were expecting a trip to Hawaii." He played one season after that in the American Basketball Association, with the San Diego Conquistadors, coached by Chamberlain. Robinson, who lived in Hawthorne, Calif., later worked extensively with youngsters in recreational programs in the Los Angeles area.

Pacers 97, Heat 93

INDIANA (97): George 9-16 3-3 22, West 2-9 9-10 13, Hibbert 10-15 9-10 29, Hill 6-8 4-7 18, Stephenson 4-12 0-0 10, Young 0-2 1-2 1, Mahinmi 1-1 0-0 2, T.Hansbrough 0-0 0-0 0, Augustin 1-3 0-0 2, Johnson 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 33-66 26-32 97.

MIAMI (93): James 14-20 5-7 36, Haslem 0-1 1-2 1, Bosh 6-14 3-5 17, Chalmers 2-6 2-2 6, Wade 6-14 2-3 14, Battier 0-3 0-0 0, Cole 1-6 0-0 3, Andersen 2-2 3-3 7, Allen 2-5 2-4 6, Miller 1-1 0-0 3, Anthony 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 34-73 18-26 93.

Indiana 28 25 23 21— 97

Miami 22 25 27 19— 93

3-Point GoalsIndiana 5-12 (Hill 2-3, Stephenson 2-4, George 1-3, Young 0-1, Augustin 0-1), Miami 7-22 (James 3-7, Bosh 2-5, Miller 1-1, Cole 1-3, Battier 0-2, Allen 0-2, Chalmers 0-2). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsIndiana 47 (Hibbert 10), Miami 39 (James 8). AssistsIndiana 18 (George 6), Miami 14 (Wade, Chalmers 5). Total FoulsIndiana 23, Miami 27. TechnicalsT.Hansbrough, Young, Indiana defensive three second, Indiana Bench, Miami defensive three second. A20,022 (19,600).

Pacers beat Heat, tie East final 05/24/13 [Last modified: Saturday, May 25, 2013 12:17am]
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