UPDATE: 5/20 11:25pm
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - LeBron James scored six straight points to spark the decisive 12-2 run, and the Miami Heat beat the Indiana Pacers 87-83 on Tuesday night to leave the Eastern Conference finals tied at a game apiece.
James had 12 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter. Dwyane Wade had 23 points, 13 in the first half when the Heat desperately needed them to stay close.
Game 3 is Saturday in Miami.
Lance Stephenson had 25 points for the Pacers, and Paul George scored 14.
Miami trailed 73-69 with 7:19 left. But James hit a 3-pointer, and then scored the first six points in the rally and the Heat defense gave up only eight points over the final five minutes.
UPDATE: 5/20 11:14pm
Miami Heat even the score in the Eastern Conference Finals.
They win Game 2 against the Indiana Pacers 87-83.
Game 3 is Saturday night at the AmericanAirlines Arena.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The two-time defending NBA champs got knocked down and knocked around in Game 1.
Now Miami must find solutions before Tuesday night — or fall into a 2-0 deficit in the Eastern Conference finals.
For the Pacers, it's a rare opportunity to take control of the series. It's the first time they've won Game 1 in this playoff run. That's something the Pacers couldn't do against the Heat last year or in 2012.
But perhaps no team in the league knows better about digging out of an early deficit than the Heat. They trailed 1-0 in last year's NBA Finals before winning the title.
So, of course, the Pacers are preparing for a steady dose of LeBron James in Game 2.
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APNP Mon, 19 May 2014 22:05:46 GMT<
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