Sunday, February 25, 2018
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Pacers win in Miami

MIAMI — No Big Three meant one big problem for Miami, and one very big win for Indiana.

David West had 16 points and 10 rebounds, George Hill scored 15 and the Pacers took home-court advantage away from the Heat with a 78-75 Game 2 win in the Eastern Conference semifinals Tuesday.

LeBron James scored 28 for Miami and Dwyane Wade finished with 24, but both missed big chances late. James missed two free throws with 54.3 seconds left and Miami down one, and Wade was short on a layup that would have tied it with 16 seconds remaining.

Mario Chalmers' 3-pointer to tie bounced away on the final play, and the series was tied 1-1.

Indiana took advantage of Heat forward Chris Bosh's absence and outrebounded Miami 50-40, celebrating enthusiastically after the game.

"They wanted to be like the Dallas Mavericks and celebrate one win," an apparently annoyed Wade said.

"Defense and rebounding," Indiana coach Frank Vogel said. "We built this team, we started talking about smash-mouth basketball, and that's with defense and rebounding. We understand offense is going to come and go, especially like a great defensive team like these guys … but we're pretty good too."

James had a chance to give Miami the lead with 1:22 left, but his shot was blocked from behind by Paul George, who was fouled two seconds later. He missed both free throws, keeping Indiana's lead at 76-75. And after Wade missed a jumper, James was fouled by Granger battling for the rebound with 54.3 seconds remaining. James missed both free throws.

Bosh is expected to miss the rest of the series with a strained abdominal muscle.

"Chris was missed, no doubt about it," Wade said. "But that's not the reason we lost."

INDIANA (78): Granger 5-14 1-2 11, West 5-13 6-8 16, Hibbert 2-6 4-6 8, Hill 4-9 6-7 15, George 4-11 0-2 10, Barbosa 4-10 0-0 8, Amundson 1-2 0-0 2, Collison 2-4 2-2 6, Hansbrough 0-2 0-0 0, D.Jones 1-3 0-0 2. Totals 28-74 19-27 78.

MIAMI (75): James 10-22 8-13 28, Haslem 2-5 0-0 4, Turiaf 1-3 1-2 3, Chalmers 2-10 1-2 5, Wade 8-22 8-10 24, Miller 0-3 0-0 0, Battier 1-2 2-2 5, Anthony 0-5 0-0 0, Cole 2-2 0-0 4, J.Jones 1-4 0-0 2. Totals 27-78 20-29 75.

Indiana 17 16 28 17— 78

Miami 21 17 14 23— 75

3-Point GoalsIndiana 3-15 (George 2-4, Hill 1-3, D.Jones 0-1, Barbosa 0-2, Granger 0-5), Miami 1-16 (Battier 1-1, Miller 0-2, Wade 0-2, J.Jones 0-3, James 0-4, Chalmers 0-4). Fouled OutGranger. ReboundsIndiana 61 (Hibbert, George 11), Miami 53 (James 9). AssistsIndiana 10 (Granger 3), Miami 11 (James 5). Total FoulsIndiana 25, Miami 22. TechnicalsGranger, James. Flagrant Fouls—Wade. A19,828 (19,600).

Spurs take Game 1

SAN ANTONIO — Tim Duncan had 26 points and 10 rebounds and the Spurs, recharged after a weeklong layoff, wore down the Clippers to win Game 1 of their West semifinal series, 108-92.

Playing for the sixth time in 11 days, the Clippers gave San Antonio its toughest first half of the playoffs before fading. And unlike their stunning Game 1 comeback at Memphis in the first round, they didn't have the wind this time.

Manu Ginobili added 22 points for the Spurs, who've won 15 in a row. It's the longest winning streak in the NBA playoffs since the 2004 Spurs won 17 straight. Eric Bledsoe led the Clippers with 23 points.

late monday: Russell Westbrook had 27 points and nine assists as the host Thunder routed the Lakers 119-90 in the opening game of the West semis. "We're a team that doesn't get down when we get blown out. We've been blown out a bunch of times this season, blown out last series a couple times," Lakers guard Kobe Bryant said. "We're used to dealing with that. Everything's fixable."

Oklahoma City was loose Tuesday, with coach Scott Brooks jokingly suggesting that the NBA's most turnover-prone team in the regular season needed to cut down on its four giveaways from Game 1, one off the league playoff record for fewest. Thunder starting center Kendrick Perkins (strained right hip muscle) will be a game-time decision tonight.

Meanwhile, Lakers forward Metta World Peace suggested a strategy for slowing Westbrook: "Poison his cereal.''

L.A. LAKERS (90): World Peace 4-10 2-2 12, Gasol 5-11 0-0 10, Bynum 7-12 6-6 20, Sessions 1-7 0-0 2, Bryant 7-18 5-7 20, Blake 0-1 0-0 0, Hill 2-5 0-0 4, Barnes 3-6 0-0 8, McRoberts 1-3 0-0 2, Goudelock 2-3 0-0 5, Ebanks 1-3 0-0 2, Murphy 0-0 0-0 0, Morris 2-2 0-0 5. Totals 35-81 13-15 90.

OKLAHOMA CITY (119): Durant 8-16 7-8 25, Ibaka 3-5 0-0 6, Perkins 2-2 0-0 4, Westbrook 10-15 6-6 27, Sefolosha 3-3 0-0 7, Harden 4-11 9-10 17, Collison 2-4 0-1 4, Mohammed 3-5 1-2 7, Fisher 2-8 0-0 5, Cook 3-7 0-0 8, Aldrich 3-4 1-2 7, Ivey 1-3 0-0 2, Hayward 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 44-83 24-29 119.

L.A. Lakers 23 21 24 22— 90

Oklahoma City 30 29 39 21— 119

3-Point GoalsL.A. Lakers 7-16 (Barnes 2-4, World Peace 2-4, Morris 1-1, Goudelock 1-1, Bryant 1-3, Blake 0-1, McRoberts 0-1, Ebanks 0-1), Oklahoma City 7-17 (Cook 2-4, Durant 2-5, Sefolosha 1-1, Westbrook 1-1, Fisher 1-1, Ivey 0-1, Harden 0-4). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsL.A. Lakers 47 (Bynum 14), Oklahoma City 45 (Durant 8). AssistsL.A. Lakers 14 (Blake 4), Oklahoma City 20 (Westbrook 9). Total FoulsL.A. Lakers 20, Oklahoma City 19. TechnicalsEbanks, Ibaka, Ivey. A18,203 (18,203).

around the league: Bulls guard Derrick Rose faces a recovery of eight months to a year after left knee surgery, team physician Brian Cole said, meaning he could return around Feb. 1. Cole said Rose is "doing great," that surgery Saturday went "extremely well," and that Rose should be the same player though there are no guarantees. … Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle agreed to a new contract that is at least as long as the initial four-year deal that just ended. He has a 198-114 regular-season record in Dallas. … Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving was named rookie of the year, with 117 of 120 first-place votes.

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