Basketball – Pacers edge Heat in high-quality encounter

Basketball - Pacers edge Heat in high-quality encounter

Indiana pacers Roy Hibbert [55] reacts at the end of the game against Miami Heat at Bankers Life Fieldhouse

Indiana and Miami performed at a play-off level in a battle that saw the Pacers rally in the final minutes for an 84-83 victory over the defending champion Heat.

Pacers 84, Heat 83

In a see-sawing showdown, Miami’s Chris Bosh missed a potential game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer after Indiana guard George Hill missed two free throws with 2.3 seconds to play.

Indiana, 33-4 at home this season, had consecutive field goals from guard Evan Turner with 2:03 and 1:30 left, and the Pacers took a one-point lead that they never relinquished.

LeBron James led all scorers with 38 points. Forward Paul George led the Pacers with 23 points and Indiana (52-20) now holds a three-game lead over the Heat (48-22) in the race for the East’s top play-off seed.

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Spurs 108, Nuggets 103

The San Antonio Spurs extended their win streak to 15 games behind forward Tim Duncan’s 29 points and 13 rebounds, defeating the Denver Nuggets.

Duncan was 12 of 20 from the field and added five assists, as San Antonio (55-16) recorded its second longest streak in franchise history.

The longest, 17, happened during the 1995-96 season.

Spurs guard Danny Green scored 16 points but suffered a right mid-foot sprain and played only two minutes in the second half.

Aaron Brooks had 25 points off the bench to lead the Nuggets (32-40).

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Raptors 99, Celtics 90

The Toronto Raptors moved closer to the Atlantic Division title with a victory over the Boston Celtics.

The win, only the third in the last seven games for Toronto, moved the Raptors 2 1/2 games ahead of the Brooklyn Nets for the division lead.

The Raptors started the night as the No. 4 play-off seed.

With a loss by the New York Knicks in Sacramento late Wednesday, Toronto clinches its first play-off berth since 2008.

Terrence Ross had 24 points to lead the Raptors (40-31) while Jared Sullinger scored a team-high 26 for the Celtics (23-48).

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Pelicans 98, Clippers 96

Reserve shooting guard Anthony Morrow scored 20 of his season-high 27 points in the first half and forward Darius Miller hit five of his career-high 16 points in the final 2:46 to lift the short-handed New Orleans Pelicans past the Los Angeles Clippers.

It was the Pelicans’ fourth consecutive victory — their longest winning streak of the season. Forward Anthony Davis had 16 points, 13 rebounds and six blocks, and he hit 1 of 2 free throws with 9.4 seconds left to give the Pelicans their 98-96 lead.

Jamal Crawford scored a game-high 31 points for the Clippers (50-22) but missed a three-pointer at the buzzer.

Guard Chris Paul missed all 12 of his field goal attempts.

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Bobcats 116, Nets 111 (Overtime)

Al Jefferson had 35 points and 15 rebounds, and Kemba Walker added 20 points and 12 assists as the Charlotte Bobcats beat the Brooklyn Nets in overtime.

The Bobcats sewed up the victory on a bizarre play when Chris Douglas-Roberts retrieved a blocked shot and hit a long jumper at the shot clock buzzer for a five-point lead with 10.1 seconds left.

The Bobcats (35-37) bounced back after an 100-89 loss to the Houston Rockets on Monday, while the Nets (37-33) suffered their second consecutive loss.

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Suns 99, Wizards 93

Goran Dragic scored 25 points and backcourt partner Eric Bledsoe had 23 as the Phoenix Suns defeated the Washington Wizards for their fifth straight victory.

Gerald Green had 18 points for the Suns (43-29), who won for the sixth time in seven games at Washington (36-35) despite nearly blowing a 25-point lead.

Phoenix’s win tied them for the eighth spot in the Western Conference with Dallas and Memphis who were playing late on Wednesday.

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Timberwolves 107, Hawks 83

Minnesota pushed a seven-point halftime lead to as many as 28 points in the fourth quarter as they ended a three-game losing streak in style.

Kevin Martin and forward Corey Brewer scored 18 points each for the Timberwolves (35-35) as they handed the Hawks a fourth consecutive defeat.

Mike Scott led the Hawks (31-39) with 15 points, and forward Paul Millsap added 12 points and 10 rebounds.

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Cavaliers 97, Pistons 96

Dion Waiters made a 19-foot jumper at the buzzer, and the depleted Cleveland Cavaliers erased a 16-point, fourth-quarter deficit to stun the Detroit Pistons.

Waiters wound up with 18 points, while reserve guard Matthew Dellavedova scored a career-high 21 points for Cleveland (29-44) who dressed only 10 players because of injuries.

Josh Smith led the Pistons (26-45) with 24 points.

March 30, 2014 By : Category : English,featured,inthespotlight,Teams 0 Comment Print

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