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Haslem Re-Signs with Heat

National Basketball Association(NEW YORK) -- Forward Udonis Haslem re-signed with the Miami Heat. reports it's a two-year deal worth $5.5 million.

“Udonis Haslem has been a fixture in Miami over the last 11 years,” Heat president Pat Riley said in a statement. “He’s a team player, an encompassing all-purpose player that would play just about any position or role in order to win.”

The 34-year-old Haslem has played all 11 of his NBA seasons in Miami. During that time he has averaged 8.6 points and 7.5 rebounds per game.


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Report: Dwayne Wade and Udonis Haslem Opt Out of their Contracts

Chris Trotman/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Big 3 just might be sticking together after all. According to reports, guard Dwyane Wade, and forward Udonis Haslem have opted out of their contracts and will become free agents.

On the surface, this might spell gloom and doom for Heat fans, but these moves could allow the team re-sign Lebron James, Chris Bosh, Wade, and possibly another high-level free agent.

Haslem is likely to re-sign with with the Heat, but on a more team-friendly deal. He was due to make $4.62 million next season.

The 34-year-old Haslem has spent his entire 11-year career, and has won three championships during his tenure in South Beach.

Wade is also a career member of the Heat organization. He's been with the team since they drafted him sixth overall back in 2003, the same year they selected Haslem.

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Heat's Big Third Quarter Propels Them Past Pacers in Game 5

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(MIAMI) -- The Miami Heat outscored the Indiana Pacers 30-13 in the third quarter en route to a 90-79 victory in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals Thursday night.

The Heat now lead the series 3-2.

The Pacers lead the game 44-40 at halftime, but LeBron James single handily outscored the Pacers 16-13 in the third quarter and the Pacers never recovered.

James was so dominant in the quarter that he either scored or assisted on 25 of the Heat's 30 points.

"I kind of just went back to my Cleveland days," James said when taking about his mindset during the third quarter. "I just said let's try to make more plays...Be more of a scoring threat as well. Just try to figure out a way that...I don't know...Just see if the guys would just follow me and lead them the best I could."

James also had eight rebounds, six assists and two steals in the win.

Paul George led Indiana with 27 points and 11 rebounds while Roy Hibbert added 22 points in the loss.

Game 6 is set for Saturday in Indiana. Tip-off scheduled for 8:30 p.m. Eastern.

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Heat Burn Pacers, Take 2-1 Series Lead 

Gregory Shamus/Getty Images(INDIANAPOLIS) --  LeBron James scored 22 points as the Miami Heat routed the Indiana Pacers 114 to 96 to take a 2-1 series lead in the Eastern Conference finals.

"I made a conscious effort to get down in the post tonight, to put pressure on their defense," James said. "The coaching staff wanted me to be down there tonight, and my teammates allowed me to do that."

James being active in the post allowed Miami to outscore Indiana 56-32 in the paint.  They received a boost from reserve forward Udonis Haslem, who scored 17 points on 8-of-9 shooting from the field.

All five Heat starters scored in double figures as the Heat regained home-court advantage in the best-of-seven series.

Roy Hibbert had 20 points and 17 rebounds for the Pacers, who fell to 6-1 at home in this year's playoffs. 

"He (James) was in the post doing a lot of work, and I think we have to do a better job of helping Paul out," Hibbert said. "LeBron can't get five or six dribbles to get a post move. ... We have to make adjustments. He's obviously a low-post threat but we have to make adjustments."

Game 4 is Tuesday night in Indianapolis.

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Heat Clinch NBA's Best Record Without Big Three 

Christopher Trotman/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) --  With LeBron James, Dwayne Wade, and Chris Bosh all sidelined, the Miami Heat came out and defeated the Wizards 103-98 on Wednesday night to clinch the NBA's best regular-season record.

Ray Allen scored 23 points, while Rashard Lewis chipped in 17 in the victory.

The Heat's 62 wins are the most in franchise history, and their latest victory assured them home-court advantage throughout the NBA playoffs.

"It does mean something to us in that locker room," coach Erik Spoelstra said. "We haven't been here before as a franchise. It's a minor thing. We want to keep the main thing, the main thing. But at the same time it is a nice accomplishment.

Guard A.J. Price led Washington (29-50) with 23 points while John Wall chipped in 17 points and 11 assists.

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Heats' Haslem, Pittman Suspended

National Basketball Association(MIAMI) -- Miami Heat forward Udonis Haslem and center Dexter Pittman have been suspended for their flagrant fouls in Game 5 of the Heat's Eastern Conference Semifinal versus the Indiana Pacers.

Haslem was suspended for Game 6 for hitting Pacers forward Tyler Hansbrough on the face while not appearing to go for the ball.

Pittman was suspended for three games for elbowing Pacers guard Lance Stephenson. Replays of Pittman look like he deliberately made a choice to hit Stephenson. In Game 3, Stephenson made the choke sign when Heat forward LeBron James was at the free throw line.

While Pittman hasn't played much throughout the series, Haslem is a big loss. He has posted double-digit scoring outputs, while coming off the bench during the last two games.

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Heat Confident to Win Playoff Without Bosh

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(INDIANAPOLIS) -- The Miami Heat will look to try and steal a game if not take both during their trip to Indianapolis for Game 4 and 5 against the Pacers.

Playing without all-star forward Chris Bosh, who is out with an abdominal strain indefinitely, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade will look to other players to try and fill Bosh's void.

"We're confident and we're looking forward to the challenge," Heat forward Udonis Haslem said. "We can do it. We know we can do it. But it's not going to be easy. So we've got to go in there, we've got to be armored-up and we've got to be ready to go."

LeBron James scored 28 points in the game 2 loss in Miami and also missed two huge free throws in the fourth quarter.

"It's going to be fun," said James. "It's what the playoffs are all about. At the end of the day, you've got to try to win on somebody else's floor. And we look forward to going up there."

Pacers head coach Frank Vogel understands the importance of defending their home court.

"We've got to keep our edge," Vogel said. "We understand that we feel good about who we are as a basketball team and that we can win this series. But that means nothing. We've got to do it in between the lines."

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Miami Heat Players Wear Hoodies In Support Of Trayvon Martin

Drew Hallowell/Getty Images(AUBURN HILLS, Mich.) --The Miami Heat players donned hoodies in support of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teenager wearing a hooded sweatshirt, who was shot to death by a neighborhood crime-watch volunteer on Feb. 26.

"As a father, this hits home," said Wade, who has 10- and 4-year-old sons.

Before the game, the players took a photo in the team hotel, all wearing hoodies, bowing their heads, and hands stuffed into their pockets.

Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra called it "a powerful move."

"It really is a tragic story," Spoelstra said. "And the more you learn about it, the more confused you get."

Many Heat players, including Dwyane Wade and LeBron James also wrote "RIP Trayvon Martin" and "We want justice" on their sneakers during Miami's 88-73 win over the Pistons on Friday night.

"I couldn't imagine if my son went to a store just to get some Skittles and a pop or iced tea and they didn't come home," said Heat forward Udonis Haslem. "We've been following the story, individually, very closely. It's just unfortunate. We just feel like something needed to be done about it. It's only right. It's only fair. ... I think it's at least a start in the right direction."

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Jazz Snap Miami's Nine-Game Win Streak

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(SALT LAKE CITY) -- The Utah Jazz (17-18) found a way to cool off the Miami Heat on Friday night. It came down to the last shot but the Jazz slipped by the Heat (28-8), 99-98.

LeBron James did have the ball in his hands with a chance to push his team's winning streak to 10 games but instead passed it to Udonis Haslem who missed a long jumper before the buzzer sounded.

James scored 35 points in the loss.

"I just try to make the right plays and do what it takes to win basketball games," James said. "At the end of the day, games are not lost on one shot at the end or me not taking a shot. But I know the chatter will begin. I wanted that game as bad as anyone else on that floor."

Devin Harris was the hero for the Jazz who put in the go-ahead three-point play with 4.5 seconds left.  He didn't intend on taking the shot but center Al Jefferson was double-teamed and kicked the ball back out to him who knocked down the jumper and converted the free throw.

Miami will look to start a new streak on Sunday against the Lakers (22-14) in Los Angeles.

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