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Heat recovers winning style to even series

INDIANAPOLIS — LeBron James scored six straight points to spark a decisive 12-2 run, and the Heat beat the Pacers 87-83 on Tuesday night to leave the Eastern Conference final tied at a game apiece.

James had 12 of his 22 in the fourth quarter. Dwyane Wade had 23, 13 in the first half when the Heat desperately needed them to stay close, and 10 more in the fourth quarter.

Game 3 is Saturday in Miami.

Lance Stephenson tied his playoff career high with 25 points for the Pacers. Paul George scored 14.

The Heat trailed 73-69 with 7:19 left. But James hit a 3-pointer, and scored the opening six points and the Heat defense gave up eight points over the final five minutes.

"We fly around. Game 1 we didn't fly around," James said.

"We let them dictate everything that they wanted and we didn't play Miami Heat defense. That's what's good about this team, we go back, we watch the film, we own up to what we did, the mistakes that we had, and then we come out and make it happen."

Heat 87, Pacers 83

MIAMI (87): James 9-18 3-6 22, Haslem 3-5 1-2 7, Bosh 4-9 0-0 9, Chalmers 2-4 0-0 6, Wade 10-16 3-4 23, R.Allen 1-5 0-0 3, Andersen 1-4 1-2 3, Battier 1-2 0-0 3, Cole 3-4 3-4 11. Totals 34-67 11-18 87.

INDIANA (83): George 4-16 4-6 14, West 5-16 0-0 10, Hibbert 5-9 2-2 12, G.Hill 5-9 0-0 13, Stephenson 10-17 3-5 25, Mahinmi 0-0 1-2 1, Watson 0-4 0-0 0, Scola 1-6 0-0 2, Butler 2-3 0-0 6. Totals 32-80 10-15 83.

Miami 20 21 21 25— 87

Indiana 21 16 26 20— 83

3-Point GoalsMiami 8-20 (Chalmers 2-2, Cole 2-2, Battier 1-2, R.Allen 1-3, Bosh 1-4, James 1-5, Wade 0-1, Andersen 0-1), Indiana 9-19 (G.Hill 3-5, Butler 2-3, Stephenson 2-4, George 2-5, West 0-1, Watson 0-1). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsMiami 47 (Andersen 12), Indiana 46 (Hibbert 13). AssistsMiami 19 (James 6), Indiana 19 (Stephenson 7). Total FoulsMiami 17, Indiana 16. A18,165 (18,165).

Lucky Cavs win lottery

NEW YORK — The Cavaliers continued their remarkable run, winning the No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft for the second straight year and third time in the last four. They moved up from the ninth spot, when they had just a 1.7 percent chance of winning the top selection.

"It seems surreal," Cavs vice chairman Jeff Cohen said. "This is three out of four years and we had a 1.7 percent chance of coming up with the first pick and we pulled it off again."

They drafted Kyrie Irving first in 2011 and will hope to do better with this win than last year, when they took Anthony Bennett, who had a forgettable rookie season.

The Magic dropped to fourth and will also have the No. 12 pick from Denver.

"I think we would've liked to have gotten the highest pick possible," Magic general manager Rob Hennigan said. "I think every team in this situation would've preferred that. But we're happy with the fourth pick.''

Orlando entered the lottery with a the third-best chance, 15.6 percent, of winning the top pick. The Magic won the lottery in 1992, 1993 and 2004.

The Cavs can now choose among the likes of Andrew Wiggins and Joel Embiid of Kansas, Duke's Jabari Parker, or another player from a deep draft.

The Bucks fell one spot to second and the 76ers will draft third. The Bucks had a 25 percent chance of winning after a league-worst 15-67 record, but the team with the best odds hasn't won since 2004.

LOVE NOT ON TRADING BLOCK: Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor said he has no intention of trading Kevin Love and expects him to return to the team next season, the Pioneer Press reported. "I should never say never because who knows what might come up? But that's not our plan,'' Taylor said.

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