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Wizards Soar Past Heat, 107-86

Christopher Trotman/Getty Images(WASHINGTON, D.C.) -- The Washington Wizards hit 10 3-pointers and shot 54.2 percent (39-of-72) to beat the Miami Heat 107-86 on Monday night. The Wizards (11-5) led by 15 points at halftime, 64-49, and held Miami (9-8) to 0-of-12 shooting from distance in the second half.

"We did a good job of staying home and getting a hand in their face," Washington head coach Randy Wittman said. "They missed some, too. It wasn't all us. They had some pretty good looks they missed."

John Wall had 18 points and 13 assists in the win while Rasual Butler paced the team with 23 points. The Wizards never trailed in the game, leading by as many as 25, and saw four players score in double figures. 

Meanwhile, Miami got 21 points from Chris Bosh and 20 from Dwayne Wade. The Heat's shooting woes only escalated at the charity stripe as the team was just 18-for-30 (60 percent) on free-throw attempts.

"I don't think we've gotten to the defense we've wanted all year," said Wade, who was playing in his second game back following a hamstring injury. "We're still fairly new; a lot of the guys are still confused at what we're trying to do."

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Dwayne Wade Fined $5K for Game 2 Flop

Ron Elkman/Getty Images(MIAMI, Fla.) -- Miami Heat guard Dwayne Wade was fined $5,000 on Monday for over-exaggerating a foul in Game 2 of the NBA Finals.

The league deemed that Wade "flopped" late in the second quarter when fouled by San Antonio's Manu Ginobili.

"He took a swipe and he hit me," said Wade before the fine was announced. "It was a late call by the ref, but he called it."

The incident occurred with 4:09 to play in the second quarter. Ginobili took the ball nearly 35 feet from the basket. Wade embellished the contact, drawing a foul, and made both resulting free throws. Ginobili was relegated to the bench with his third foul of the half.

The Heat went on to win the game by two points, 98-96, evening the series at one game apiece.

Game 3 is Tuesday night in Miami.

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Allen Helps Heat Scorch Pacers

Joe Robbins/Getty Images(MIAMI, Fla.) -- The Miami Heat trailed by as many as 15 points but Ray Allen netted all 16 he had as the defending champs rallied to a 99-87 win over Indiana in the Eastern Conference Finals. With the win, Miami now leads the series by a final of 2-1.

Allen, who signed with Miami prior to last year, has always had a knack for racking up points when it matters most. Despite have zero points through the first three quarters, the 19-year veteran hit the first four three-pointers he attempted in the final 12 minutes.

Indiana had jumped out to an early 17-4 lead and eventually pushed it to 37-22 in the second quarter. The Heat would go on to outscore the Pacers 77-50 the rest of the way, taking control of the series.

"Tough loss for our guys," said Indiana head coach, Frank Vogel. "Thought we competed pretty well, came out of the gates really strong, got off to a good start and then didn't manage our foul trouble well and didn't manage picking up their defensive intensity well." 

The biggest blow came in the final moments of the third, and opening seconds of the fourth quarter. LeBron James hit a three-point shot with 1:21 left to play in the third to give Miami a 67-63 lead. As time expired in the period, Dwayne Wade buried a three of his own before doing the same thing to start the fourth and giving Miami a 10 point lead.

James finished the game with 26 points while Wade added 23 in the victory. Miami's defense was just as impressive, holding Indiana to just 47.7 percent from the floor including six-for-21 from downtown. Game 4 is Monday night in South Florida.

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LeBron James Leads Heat to Game 2 Victory over Pacers 

Andy Lyons/Getty Images(INDIANAPOLIS) --  LeBron James scored 12 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter, and the Miami Heat rallied to burn the Indiana Pacers 87-83 on Tuesday night to even up the Eastern Conference finals at a game apiece.

Dwayne Wade led the Heat with 23 points, including 10 in the fourth quarter when the Heat went on a 12-2 run late to put the game away.

Indiana led 73-69 with 7:19 remaining when James and Wade took control of the game. Miami's defense gave up only eight points over the final five minutes.

"That's what's it's about," James said afterwards. "It's not going to be pretty. Not in the Eastern Conference. It's never pretty basketball in the Eastern Conference. It's about who can sustain runs. You know, who can get defensive stops? Who can not turn the ball over and who can get great shots? I think we did that in the fourth."

Lance Stephenson scored 25 points in the loss for the Pacers, while Paul George added 14. After working so hard to earn home-court advantage throughout the Eastern Conference playoffs, the Pacers gave it away to the two-time defending champions. They'll need a win in Miami to earn it back.

Miami has won 11 straight games following a playoff loss and still has not trailed 2-0 in a series since the first round of the 2012 playoffs.

Game 3 is Saturday night in South Beach.

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Heat Advance to Eastern Conference Finals 

Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images(MIAMI) --  Don't look now, but the Miami Heat are back in the Eastern Conference finals for the fourth year in a row.

LeBron James and Dwayne Wade combined to score 57 points as the Heat rallied to defeat the Brooklyn Nets 96-94 on Wednesday night, winning their second-round matchup in five games.

"When we met the first day for prep, we said the No. 1 key, overwhelmingly the No. 1 key in this series, was great mental stability," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said after the two-time defending champions won their 10th straight playoff series.

The Nets led by eight with under five minutes remaining and were looking to take the series back to Brooklyn for Game 6. The Heat went on a 12-0 run to take the lead for good, while the Nets missed nine straight shots. Ray Allen hit a huge three-pointer to give Miami a 93-91 lead with 32 seconds remaining.

"Give the Heat credit," Nets coach Jason Kidd said. "They were attacking there in the fourth quarter. We were attacking. Both teams were attacking. They made plays, they made shots and we didn't."

Joe Johnson led the Nets with 34 points, while Paul Pierce chipped in 19.

Miami will face either the Indiana Pacers or the Washington Wizards in the Eastern Conference finals.

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Heat Fall to Wizards, Give Pacers Top Seed

Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images(WASHINGTON, D.C.) -- The Indiana Pacers clinched the top seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs on Monday night -- without even playing. That's because the Miami Heat suffered a 21-point loss to the Washington Wizards, 114-93, that locked the Heat into the number two spot.

LeBron James and Chris Bosh did not play in the game, as Miami seemed content to give up home-court advantage throughout the playoffs to Indiana. Dwayne Wade, who did play after a nine-game hiatus due to a hamstring injury, said there was no concern in the Heat locker room.

"There would be no disappointment," said Wade who finished with only nine points. "When the playoffs start, we have a new season and we will be looking forward to it."

Miami (54-27) still does not know who their opponent will be in the opening round of the postseason. The Heat will face off against the seven seed, which could either be the Wizards (43-38) or the Charlotte Bobcats. Meanwhile, the Pacers will take on eighth seeded Atlanta.

The Wizards held a slim 27-26 lead at the end of one quarter before outscoring Miami 43-22 in the second to take control. Despite the win, Washington understood that their potential opponent in the playoffs will look much different than the team they dominated on Monday.

"We played against a totally different Miami Heat today than usual," noted Wizards center Marcin Gortat. "Nothing to be excited about."

Gortat posted a double-double with 10 points and 13 rebounds while Trevor Ariza led all scorers with 25 points for Washington.

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Heat Burn Knicks 102-91

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(MIAMI) --  LeBron James scored 38 points as the Miami Heat dealt a significant blow to the New York Knicks' playoff hopes with a 102-91 victory on Sunday.

Chris Bosh added 14 points for the Heat (53-23), who were playing without Dwayne Wade, Chris Andersen and Greg Oden.

J.R. Smith led the Knicks (33-45), with 32 points on 10 made three-pointers, while setting an NBA record with 22 attempts from long range.  Carmelo Anthony chipped in 13 points but did not attempt a shot in the fourth quarter.

"You do your job and you live with the results," James said. "We lived with the result of J.R. making some of those bombs."

With the victory, the Heat ensured they would finish the day still ahead of the Indiana Pacers atop the East standings in the race for homecourt advantage in the playoffs.

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LeBron Scores 43 as Heat Throttle Cavaliers 

Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images(CLEVELAND) --  LeBron James still loves playing in Cleveland.

James scored 25 of his 43 points in the first quarter, and the Miami Heat cruised to a 100-96 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday night.

Chris Bosh added 21 points for Miami (46-19), who was without the services of Dwayne Wade.  Wade missed the game while resting his sore knees.

"I don't know, it's one of those zones," James said when asked about his first-quarter performance. "When I started the game off, I felt like I could have gone for 50 or 60."

Jarrett Jack paced the Cavaliers (26-42) with 22 points.  Cleveland was playing without injured All-Stars Kyrie Irving and Luol Deng and now sit six games back of the Atlanta Hawks for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

"Our guys hung in there and they competed," Cavaliers coach Mike Brown said.

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Wade Helps Heat Burn Wizards, Clinch Playoff Spot 

NBA via Miami Heat (MIAMI) --  LeBron James and Dwayne Wade combined to score 45 points as the Miami Heat burned the Washington Wizards 99-90 on Monday night to clinch a playoff berth.

Wade scored 13 of his 22 points during the fourth quarter to help the Heat snap a three-game losing streak. James led all scorers with 23 points.

"We needed a win," Wade said. "We needed this win."

With the victory, the Heat (44-17) moved within one game of the Indiana Pacers (46-17) in the race for the top spot in the Eastern Conference.

Bradley Beal paced the Wizards (33-30), with 18 points. Washington led 84-83 midway through the fourth quarter before Wade took over. He keyed a 12-0 Heat run that helped put the game away.

"I'm proud of our guys," Wizards coach Randy Wittman said. "They kept battling, working. We didn't shoot it the way we're capable of. We got some good looks. We shared the ball. We attacked the whole game."

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Bulls Edge Heat 95-88 in Overtime 

Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images Sport (CHICAGO) --  The Bulls earned themselves another statement victory on Sunday.

Joakim Noah had 20 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Chicago Bulls to a 95-88 overtime win over the Miami Heat at the United Center.

"I want what they have -- a championship," Noah said. "One day, we're going to have to get through those guys."

D.J. Augustin added 22 points for the Bulls (35-28), who forced overtime after Jimmy Butler blocked a LeBron James layup attempt at the end of regulation.

"I dropped the ball. It's like a double entendre," James said. "I actually dropped the ball, but I dropped the ball on my team. I had it. That's a great play. I give a lot of credit to Jimmy. He got his hand on the ball, but I had the lane. I had the layup."

Dwayne Wade lead the Heat (43-17) with 25 points, but James was held to just 17 points on 8-of-23 shooting.  Miami blew a 12-point lead down the stretch and was outscored 9-2 by the Bulls in overtime.

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