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NBA playoffs: LeBron James delivers for Heat’s win over Pacers

Last-second layup boosts Miami over Indiana in Game 1’s down-to-the-wire affair.

First Published May 22 2013 11:14 pm • Last Updated Dec 07 2013 11:32 pm

Miami •LeBron James caught the inbounds pass, changed direction and immediately attacked the rim.

There was no one in his way.

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Schedule

O Conference finals

Friday

Indiana at Miami, 6:30 p.m.

Heat lead series 1-0

Saturday

San Antonio at Memphis, 7 p.m.

Spurs lead series 2-0

Heat 103, Pacers 102

OVERTIME

FG FT Reb

Indiana Min M-A M-A O-T A PF Pts

George 46:57 7-16 10-11 0-4 5 4 27

West 40:36 11-17 4-8 4-5 1 4 26

Hibbert 40:57 9-18 1-2 7-9 1 5 19

Hill 44:52 2-9 1-1 0-4 7 4 5

Stephnsn 42:57 2-10 3-4 2-12 3 4 7

THnsbrgh 12:28 5-8 0-0 3-6 0 2 10

Augustin 14:52 1-2 5-6 0-0 1 3 8

Young 9:35 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 3 0

Mahinmi 11:43 0-2 0-0 1-3 0 1 0

Johnson 0:03 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0

Totals 265:00 37-83 24-32 17-43 18 30 102

Percentages: FG .446, FT .750. 3-Point Goals: 4-14, .286 (George 3-6, Augustin 1-1, Hill 0-2, Stephenson 0-5). Team Rebounds: 10. Team Turnovers: 20 (22 PTS). Blocked Shots: 2 (Hibbert 2). Turnovers: 20 (George 6, Stephenson 4, West 4, Hill 3, Hibbert 2, T.Hansbrough). Steals: 10 (Hill 5, Stephenson 3, T.Hansbrough, Young). Technical Fouls: Defensive three second, 3:49 first.

FG FT Reb

Miami Min M-A M-A O-T A PF Pts

James 46:33 12-24 4-7 3-10 10 5 30

Haslem 20:59 1-6 0-0 4-7 2 2 2

Bosh 35:47 6-11 5-6 1-2 1 3 17

Chalmers 21:08 4-7 0-0 0-1 2 1 10

Wade 40:42 9-15 1-4 3-6 5 6 19

Battier 31:12 0-4 3-4 1-1 0 5 3

Allen 22:09 1-8 1-2 0-2 0 1 4

Andersen 18:15 7-7 2-2 3-5 0 1 16

Cole 28:16 1-4 0-0 1-4 4 4 2

Totals 265:00 41-86 16-25 16-38 24 28 103

Percentages: FG .477, FT .640. 3-Point Goals: 5-18, .278 (Chalmers 2-2, James 2-6, Allen 1-4, Bosh 0-1, Cole 0-1, Battier 0-4). Team Rebounds: 17. Team Turnovers: 21 (18 PTS). Blocked Shots: 9 (Andersen 3, James 3, Bosh 2, Wade). Turnovers: 20 (Cole 5, James 4, Wade 3, Chalmers 2, Haslem 2, Allen, Andersen, Battier, Bosh). Steals: 9 (Wade 3, Haslem 2, Andersen, Battier, Chalmers, Cole). Technical Fouls: Andersen, 1:23 first Defensive three second, 7:14 second Defensive three second, 11:45 second.

Indiana 21 21 23 27 10 — 102

Miami 22 15 27 28 11 — 103

Attendance » 19,679 Time » 3:18. Officials » Monty McCutchen, Tony Brothers, Jason Phillips.

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There was no stopping him, either.

James made a layup as time expired in overtime, capping a 30-point, 10-rebound, 10-assist effort as the Miami Heat found a way to outlast the Indiana Pacers 103-102 in a wildly back-and-forth Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals Wednesday night. There were 18 ties and 17 lead changes, the last two of those coming in the final 2.2 seconds.

"Two teams fought hard," James said. "We were able to make one more play."

If this is how this series is going to go, then get ready for a classic between teams that absolutely wanted to face the other with a trip to the NBA Finals on the line.

Paul George saved the Pacers at the end of regulation with a 32-footer with 0.7 seconds left, and then made three free throws with 2.2 ticks left in overtime to give Indiana a one-point lead. George pumped his fist gently after the third free throw, then extended his index finger skyward as the teams retreated to their benches to get ready for the final play.

He just left James too much time, and the Pacers left their best shot-blocking option on the bench. Roy Hibbert wasn’t on the floor for the final play, and without a 7-foot-2 barrier to contest him, James made the winner look easy.

"Two great teams just throwing punch for punch," Indiana coach Frank Vogel said. "Our spirit is very high, very confident. We know we can play with this basketball team."

Vogel said he left Hibbert off the floor for the final play out of concern of what defending champion Miami would do with Chris Bosh in that scenario. Afterward, he acknowledged he might have different thinking next time.


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"I would say we would probably have him in next time," Vogel said.

Game 2 is Friday night in Miami.

Officials reviewed James’ play at the end, though it was clear he beat the clock, and the Pacers walked slowly toward their locker room, lamenting one that got away — by no fault of George’s.

George was fouled by Dwyane Wade on the play where the Pacers had to think they had stolen the series opener. Referee Jason Phillips said Wade hit George, and the Pacers’ star made all three free throws for the 16th lead change of the night.

The final lead change came moments later.

"Welcome to the Eastern Conference finals," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. "Back and forth the whole way."

Wade scored 19 points, Bosh had 17 and Chris Andersen had 16 on 7-for-7 shooting for Miami.

George scored 27 for the Pacers, who got 26 from David West and 19 from Hibbert. The Pacers have won only two series in NBA franchise history after dropping a Game 1.

"It just felt like everything was in our favor," George said.

The final few seconds of regulation were stunning, with Ray Allen — the sixth-best free-throw shooter in NBA history — missing one that proved big, and George making a miracle happen.

Trailing by two with 17.7 seconds left, the Pacers had to foul Allen, who surely would have been their last choice. But he missed one of the two free throws, and it remained a one-possession game. Indiana brought the ball into the frontcourt, called time, and then seemed to have nothing really working as the final seconds of regulation ticked away.

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