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Thursday
May292014

George Scores 37, Pacers Stay Alive

Joe Robbins/Getty Images(INDIANAPOLIS) -- Paul George scored 21 of his game-high 37 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Indiana Pacers to a 93-90 do-or-die victory over the Miami Heat Wednesday, in Game 5 of the NBA Eastern Conference Finals.

The Heat lead the best-of-seven series three games to two.

"I just felt it. I felt in rhythm. I had to be aggressive," George said. "I tried to come out and be aggressive to start this game off, and I was getting looks. I got hot." That was something Heat forward LeBron James never had a chance to do: James was in foul trouble the entire game; he only played 24 1/2 minutes, scoring a career playoff-low seven points.

Despite the lack of production from James, the Heat hung in. Rashard Lewis scored 18 points, hitting 6-of-9 from 3-point land. Dwyane Wade also had 18 points as well as eight rebounds and seven assists.

The Heat had a chance to win the game at the end when LeBron James drove to the basket and dished the ball to Chris Bosh in the corner for a three, but Bosh's shot clanked off the rim forcing a Game 6.

The series now shifts to Miami Friday night. Tip-off is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. Eastern.


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Tuesday
May272014

Frank Vogel: Pacers Confidence Shaken by Heat

Rob Carr/Getty Images(MIAMI) -- The Miami Heat are just one win away from their fourth straight trip to the NBA Finals after Monday night's 102-90 win over the Indiana Pacers.

Pacers head coach Frank Vogel believes his team has a lot to think about before Game 5 on Wednesday night.

"I think anytime you lose three in a row in the playoffs, it shakes your confidence some," Vogel said on Tuesday. "But we can't worry about that. All we've got to worry about is coming back and winning Game 5 and giving us an opportunity to come down here and win one game.

"We've won one game in each playoff series that we've played here the last two years. We should have confidence that we can do that."

The Pacers took Game 1 at home, but have lost three straight. The team will have home court if they're able to push the series to seven games.

"I think that is when we are at our best, when our back is against the wall," Pacers guard George Hill said. "We are going to be home in front of our fans and I'm sure they're going to be going crazy."


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Friday
May232014

Galchenyuk's OT Goal Lifts Canadiens over Rangers 

Scott Levy/NHL/Getty Images(NEW YORK) --  Alex Galchenyuk scored a goal 1:12 into overtime as the Montreal Canadiens topped the New York Rangers 3-2 on Thursday night in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

The Canadiens still trail the series 2-1, but they can pull even with a Game 4 win at Madison Square Garden on Sunday night.

Dustin Tokarski stopped 35 shots for Montreal while filling in for the injured Carey Price. He was playing in only his second career NHL playoff game, but after Thursday's performance he seems to be embracing the challenge.

"I did everything I could." said Tokarski. "I played the same game all the way. I felt more comfortable as it went along.

"So glad we overcame that late bounce and got the winner."

Daniel Briere scored with 3:02 remaining in the third period to give Montreal a 2-1 lead. After the Rangers pulled goalie Henrik Lundqvist, Chris Kreider scored to tie the game at 2 with 29 seconds to play.

The Rangers had their five-game winning streak snapped as they fell to 1-1 in overtime in these playoffs.  The Canadiens are 3-1.

"We played really well, but we just have to forget about it, move on, and get ready for the next one," Lundqvist said after stopping 22 of 25 shots.


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Wednesday
May212014

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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Thursday
May152014

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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Tuesday
May132014

Rangers Rally to Advance to Eastern Conference Finals 

Elsa/Getty Images(PITTSBURGH) --  Henrik Lundqvist made 35 saves as the New York Rangers topped the Pittsburgh Penguins 2-1 on Tuesday night to advance to the Eastern Conference finals.

Brian Boyle and Brad Richards scored goals for the Rangers, who rallied from a 3-1 series deficit for the first time in franchise history. 

"I was so tired at the end," Lundqvist said after setting an NHL record with his fifth straight Game 7 victory. "But it was just a great feeling when you know it's a done deal and we did it."

Jussi Jokinen scored Pittsburgh's only goal, and Marc-Andre Fleury made 18 saves in the loss. The Penguins are 4-5 in playoff series over the past five seasons.

"I think there's always questions," captain Sidney Crosby said when asked about what could be in store for the team. "When expectations are high and you don't win that's normal. I'm sure there will be a lot of questions."

After advancing to the finals for the second time in three years, the Rangers will next face the winner of the Bruins-Canadiens series.

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Saturday
Jun082013

Bruins Shut Out Penguins, 1-0, Advance to Stanley Cup Finals

Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images(BOSTON) -- Pure domination.  The Boston Bruins swept away the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday night with a 1-0 win to punch their ticket to the Stanley Cup Finals.

Defenseman Adam McQuaid scored the lone goal of the night with a 45-foot slap shot in the third period to give the Bruins their second trip for a shot at Lord Stanley's Cup in three years.

Goalie Tukka Rask shut down the NHL's highest-scoring team the entire series, allowing just two goals in four games.

"I think first and foremost, we're obviously trying to be solid defensively," McQuaid said, who scored his second goal of the playoffs. "It obviously feels good. It feels good to be able to contribute that way when you don't normally."

The Bruins held Penguins star Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin scoreless in the series and were shut out in the opener and Game 4.

"At the end it felt like not only Tuukka Rask was keeping the puck out of the net, but there was a force around the net," Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said. "There's no question that the performance he put in in this series was elite."

The Bruins will await the winner of the Western Conference Finals matchup between the Chicago Blackhawks and Los Angeles Kings.  Chicago leads the series 3-1.

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Sunday
Jun022013

Pacers Center Roy Hibbert Fined $75,000 For Gay Slur 

Andy Lyons/Getty Images (NEW YORK) --  The NBA has fined Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert $75,000 for using a gay slur in one answer and a profanity in another during his news conference Saturday following Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals.

Hibbert was asked a question about his defense on Miami Heat forward LeBron James and ended his reponse with "no homo."

The NBA released a statement Sunday saying Hibbert was fined for "using inappropriate and vulgar language."

"I am apologizing for insensitive remarks made during the postgame press conference after our victory over Miami Saturday night," Hibbert said in the statement released by the Pacers. "They were disrespectful and offensive and not a reflection of my personal views. I used a slang term that is not appropriate in any setting, private or public, and the language I used definitely has no place in a public forum, especially over live television. I apologize to those who I have offended, to our fans and to the Pacers' organization."

Hibbert and the Pacers play the Heat tomorrow night with the winner advancing to the NBA Finals.

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Thursday
May232013

LeBron's Buzzer-Beater Pushes Heat Past Pacers in OT

Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images(MIAMI) -- Who has help defense on Lebron?...Apparently nobody.

With two seconds left in overtime, LeBron James caught the inbounds pass quickly made his way around Paul George where he found himself with a clear path to the game wining layup, as the Miami Heat topped the Indiana Pacers 103-102 in overtime of Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals Wednesday.

LeBron finished the game with his ninth career playoff triple-double scoring 30 points, grabbing 10 boards and dishing out 10 assists.

Still, the talk after the game was about a man who wasn't in the game.

Pacers head coach Frank Vogel pulled 7-foot-2, 280 pound center Roy Hibbert for the final play. Hibbert's presence in the lane could have at least made it difficult for James to score.

Vogel says Chris Bosh's offensive ability is why he chose to sit the big man.

"If Roy were in the game he probably would have been a first or second option (Bosh)," Vogel said when explaining why Hibbert wasn't in the game. "If it didn't come to LeBron, or if LeBron one bounced it and drew Roy to the rim to have Bosh spot it up. It's the dilemma that they present. Obviously with the way it worked out it would have been better to have Roy in the game."

Paul George scored 27 points in the loss, and hit three key free throws to give the Pacers a one point lead before James hit the winning shot.

Game 2 is Friday night in Miami. Tip-off scheduled for 8:30 p.m. Eastern.

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Friday
Jun082012

Heat Force Game 7, Beat Celtics 98-79

Jim McIsaac/Getty Images(BOSTON) -- LeBron James had a playoff game to remember on Thursday night in a must win situation if the Miami Heat had any chance of getting back to the NBA Finals.

James came through with 45 points and 15 rebounds to lead his team to a 98-79 game 6 victory on the road.

"I didn't use any motivation; I just went to my habits. I just went to what I've built over the course of the season, over the course of the years and just went out and played," said James.  "Wasn't going to feel sorry for myself or anything tonight. I just go out and play as hard as I can.  At the end of the day whatever happens, happens."

Dwyane Wade added 17 and at times took a backseat to watch his teammate put on a heck of a performance.

"Obviously when he has it going that way you want to keep feeding him," said Wade.  "He's been the MVP of the league right now; he's showcasing that on a nightly basis."

Rajon Rondo led the way with 21 points and 10 assists in the loss.

"Now we have to go down and go to Miami and win a game," said Rondo.  "We've done it before, put this game in the past, we have to look forward and not let this linger on too long."

Game 7 will be Saturday night.

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