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Pacers edge Heat in NBA playoffs

Heat guard Mario Chalmers loses the ball as he drives against George Hill, left, and Lance Stephenson during the second half.

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Heat guard Mario Chalmers loses the ball as he drives against George Hill, left, and Lance Stephenson during the second half.

INDIANAPOLIS — Roy Hibbert had 23 points and 12 rebounds, Lance Stephenson added 20 points, and the Pacers charged back late to beat the Heat 99-92 on Tuesday night and tie the Eastern Conference final at 2-2.

LeBron James led the Heat with 24 points, fouling out with 56 seconds to go. Mario Chalmers added 20 in the foul-filled game.

"We're not going anywhere. We're going back down to Miami to go out there and fight again," Hibbert said.

The Pacers — with their gold-clad crowd chanting, "Beat the Flop-pers!" and several other less catchy phrases — started fast and spent the rest of the night trying to fend off Miami's continual comebacks.

With Indiana leading 81-72 early in the fourth, Miami went on a 14-2 run. Indiana tied it on Paul George's three-point play and erased the Miami lead by closing the game on a 16-6 run.

When Miami used a 9-0 run to take a 60-54 lead early in the third quarter, Indiana answered immediately with a 10-0 run. When James committed an offensive foul with two seconds left in the third quarter, his first turnover since the end of Game 2, the Pacers got a buzzer-beating 3-pointer from Stephenson to make it 77-70.

In the fourth the Heat's Ray Allen broke a tie at 86 with an off-balance 3 from the left wing, but after corralling rebound after rebound, Indiana went on a 7-0 run to retake the lead and Miami never tied it again.

"We had a lot of good looks,'' James said. "Some of them just didn't go down. Give credit to them.''

spurs enjoy finals again: After sweeping the Grizzlies on Monday, Spurs guard Tony Parker talked about San Antonio reaching the Finals for the first time since 2007. He said he has learned how tough it is to get there after winning his first NBA title at the age of 21. "In 2007, we won our third one in five years and you think it's going to keep coming," Parker said. "And I'm 25, and six years goes by and every year it gets tougher and tougher. Every team wants to beat you, and that's why it makes it even more special to go back after all those years playing at a high level." Memphis got a standing ovation from its home crowd. "We will be back," guard Mike Conley said.

around the league: The Hawks named longtime Spurs assistant Mike Budenholzer coach. He replaces Larry Drew, whose contract expires in June after three seasons. Budenholzer, 43, will remain with San Antonio, where he spent the past 17 seasons as an assistant, through the Finals. Drew and Rockets assistant Kelvin Sampson are finalists for the Bucks job. … The NBA Board of Governors unanimously approved the sale of the Kings to a group led by TIBCO Software chairman Vivek Ranadive. The group will buy a 65 percent controlling interest at a total franchise valuation of $535 million.

Pacers 99, Heat 92

MIAMI (92): James 8-18 4-6 24, Haslem 3-5 0-0 6, Bosh 1-6 4-4 7, Chalmers 6-14 8-8 20, Wade 5-15 6-6 16, Allen 4-13 1-1 11, Andersen 0-0 0-0 0, Battier 1-3 1-2 4, Cole 2-3 0-0 4, Anthony 0-0 0-0 0, Miller 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 30-77 24-27 92.

INDIANA (99): George 4-10 4-5 12, West 5-11 4-6 14, Hibbert 10-16 3-4 23, Hill 4-13 9-10 19, Stephenson 9-15 1-2 20, T.Hansbrough 0-0 3-4 3, Augustin 0-0 0-0 0, Young 2-3 2-2 6, Mahinmi 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 35-70 26-33 99.

Miami 22 25 23 22— 92

Indiana 26 22 29 22— 99

3-Point GoalsMiami 8-23 (James 4-7, Allen 2-7, Battier 1-3, Bosh 1-3, Cole 0-1, Chalmers 0-2), Indiana 3-14 (Hill 2-6, Stephenson 1-3, Young 0-1, George 0-4). Fouled OutJames. ReboundsMiami 38 (Allen 7), Indiana 54 (West, Hibbert 12). AssistsMiami 15 (Wade 6), Indiana 18 (Hill 6). Total FoulsMiami 30, Indiana 25. TechnicalsJames, Indiana Coach Vogel. A18,165 (18,165).

Pacers edge Heat in NBA playoffs 05/28/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, May 29, 2013 12:17am]
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