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NBA playoffs: Pacers, Heat prepare for crucial Game 5


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Game 5 was a cavalcade of mistakes for the Heat, who had their second-worst shooting night of the entire season at 39 percent.

James fouled out for only the fifth time in his career, though Miami was clearly miffed at some late-game calls. Bosh went 1 for 6 with only three rebounds. Wade, that aching right knee still apparently an issue, missed 10 of his 15 shots. And despite it all, the Heat still had the lead in the final minutes.

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"We missed an opportunity to go up 3-1," Bosh said. "But we did get home-court back. We did our job. We have to come out and play with a lot of passion."

Wade, who’s averaging an uncharacteristically low 13.4 points in his last 10 games, was more succinct: "Our whole team has to do more," he said.

Being in a 2-2 series isn’t the right time for Heat panic over now being in what amounts to a best-of-three, or Heat lament over anything that isn’t going their way, Spoelstra said. At one point Wednesday, he took his left fist and right fist, banged them together to make a point, and insisted that the series will simply be won by the team that does enough to deserve a chance at facing the Spurs for the title.

"Our guys have respect for the other team in that locker room," Spoelstra said. "We know nothing is earned easy in this series. We’ve got to work for it. Being home doesn’t guarantee anything."




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