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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.



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So George simply made something happen.

From 32 feet — from the newly applied Eastern Conference finals sticker on the side of the court, technically — George connected with 0.7 seconds left, tying the game and giving Indiana life.

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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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Allen didn’t get much of a desperation shot off at the end of regulation, and to overtime the teams went.

"It took an overtime to get it done," Spoelstra said. "Glad to get that one."

The Pacers kept landing the first punches in the extra session. George made a pair of free throws to open the OT, and Andersen tied it with a pair of his own. Hibbert scored from close range, and Wade answered with an easy one after a runout for the 16th tie of the night.

George was far from done. He went past James, got into the lane, tossed up a shot after contact and started what became a three-point play that put the Pacers up 99-96. Miami had three chances at the tie — a desperation 3-pointer by Shane Battier as the shot clock was expiring, then a 3-point try by Battier and another 3 attempt by Battier.

All missed.

But Bosh grabbed the rebound of the last Battier shot that bounced off the rim in that sequence, scored while being fouled by George with 49.7 seconds left, calmly swished the free throw and the teams were — what else? — tied again at 99-all.

James scored on a drive with 10.8 seconds left in the overtime, and George answered with the three free throws. With Hibbert on the bench, Indiana had one plan for James on the last play.

"We wanted LeBron to shoot a jumper right there," George said.


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He was just better.

And after 3 hours, 18 minutes, it was over.

"We’re excited about the win," James said. "But we have to get better going into Game 2."



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