Saturday, February 24, 2018
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Allen's shooting leads late Heat rally

MIAMI — LeBron James scored 26, Dwyane Wade added 23 and the Heat shook off a horrid start to beat the Pacers 99-87 Saturday night in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference final.

Ray Allen added 16 and led a late-game charge for the Heat, which leads the series 2-1. Game 4 is Monday in Miami.

Paul George scored 17 for Indiana, shooting 5-for-13 in his return after suffering a concussion in Game 2. Roy Hibbert scored 16, David West added 13 and Lance Stephenson had 10 for the Pacers.

The Heat trailed by 15 in the first half and never led until early in the third quarter. Miami started the game 2-for-10 from the floor. The Heat then made 21 of its next 31 shots.

James' 3-pointer with 1:21 left in the third quarter put Miami up 67-63. Wade subbed in for James with 5.7 seconds left and connected on a 3-pointer with 1.4 seconds remaining for a 74-67 lead. Indiana got to 76-74 before Allen made a 3-pointer, setting the tone for the final minutes. Allen made three 3-pointers in the final 5:59, the last putting Miami up by 15.

Heat center Greg Oden was on the active roster for Game 3 but did not play. Oden was the first overall pick in the 2007 draft for the Blazers but missed more than three seasons with injuries.

Heat 99, Pacers 87

INDIANA (87): George 5-13 6-10 17, West 5-8 3-3 13, Hibbert 7-13 2-2 16, G.Hill 2-5 3-3 8, Stephenson 3-9 4-5 10, Watson 2-6 0-0 6, Scola 4-6 0-0 8, Butler 2-4 0-0 6, Mahinmi 1-1 1-2 3, Turner 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 31-65 19-25 87.

MIAMI (99): James 9-14 7-9 26, Haslem 2-4 0-0 4, Bosh 4-12 0-0 9, Chalmers 3-4 0-0 6, Wade 9-16 3-4 23, Andersen 1-1 1-2 3, Battier 1-3 0-0 3, R.Allen 4-6 4-5 16, Cole 4-6 0-0 9, Lewis 0-2 0-0 0, Douglas 0-0 0-0 0, Jones 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 37-68 15-20 99.

Indiana 21  21 22 23— 87

Miami 14  24  33 28— 99

3-Point Goals—Indiana 6-21 (Butler 2-3, Watson 2-4, G.Hill 1-3, George 1-6, West 0-1, Stephenson 0-4), Miami 10-18 (R.Allen 4-4, Wade 2-3, Battier 1-2, Cole 1-2, James 1-2, Bosh 1-3, Chalmers 0-1, Lewis 0-1). Rebounds—Indiana 40 (Stephenson 11), Miami 36 (Andersen 7). Assists—Indiana 17 (Stephenson 5), Miami 17 (James 7). Total Fouls—Indiana 22, Miami 24. Technicals—Watson, Bosh, Cole. A—20,025 (19,600).

THUNDER MISSING IBAKA: Serge Ibaka walked slowly and carefully but without a limp before facing reporters.

Much has been made of the Thunder defensive star's absence in the first two games of the Western Conference final series against the Spurs.

The 6-foot-10 power forward strained his left calf in the conference semifinals against the Clippers, and the Thunder expected him to be out for the rest of the playoffs. The team changed course Friday, declaring him day to day.

Oklahoma City hosts Game 3 today.

Ibaka worked out Saturday but didn't practice before addressing the media.

"I've been hearing a lot of people saying my team lost two games because I was out," he said. "That's not true. I believe in my guys. I believe in my teammates. They can be better with me or without me.''

The Spurs shot at least 50 percent in the first two games, winning by a combined 52 points.

T'wolves talking to GrIZZLIES COACH: Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor met with Grizzlies coach Dave Joerger, the Associated Press reported. The team has been searching for a coach since Rick Adelman retired at the end of the regular season. Joerger went 50-32 and made the playoffs in his first season as coach of the Grizzlies. Memphis owner Robert Pera granted Minnesota permission to speak with Joerger.

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