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NBA playoffs: Heat head to Indy for Game 6, looking for clincher

James says Miami will play with as much desperation as Pacers.

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Vogel said he expects that reserve forward Tyler Hansbrough, who sprained an ankle in the second half of Game 5, will be available on Saturday. Andersen, the backup big man who is 15 for 15 from the floor in the series and has made his last 18 shots overall, was suspended Friday night for shoving Hansbrough twice in the second quarter, then not backing away quickly enough for a referee who stepped in.

Dwyane Wade’s aching right knee is still limiting him and Chris Bosh’s numbers are nowhere near what the Heat would want right now, so the defending champions aren’t exactly at their best, either. Still, the Pacers know that the challenge they’re facing now — needing to go 2-0 against Miami in a three-day span to get to the finals — is enormous.

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Game 6

O Miami at Indiana

Saturday, 6:30 p.m.


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"One game at a time," George said. "We have to come home and play a good game. Everybody is going to have to step up and play a huge role. I know in the back of their mind they want to get the job done and be finished. So we’re going to have to come out and bring it."

Or else, the Heat will be finals-bound, one more time.

"The close-out game," Heat forward Shane Battier said, "is always the toughest."

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