Pacers use rally late to beat Heat 84-83 - NBC Sports

Pacers use rally late to beat Heat 84-83
Portland Trail Blazers center Robin Lopez (42) drives up against Miami Heat center Chris Bosh (1) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, March 24, 2014 in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
March 26, 2014, 11:09 pm

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Paul George scored 23 points and Roy Hibbert had 21, leading the Indiana Pacers back from a seven-point fourth-quarter deficit for an 84-83 victory over the Miami Heat on Wednesday night.

The NBA's best home team ended a two-game losing streak, took a 2-1 lead in the season series against the two-time defending champions and rebuilt a three-game advantage in the race for the Eastern Conference's top seed. Indiana (52-20) also clinched its second straight Central Division crown, something it hadn't done since 1998-99 and 1999-2000.

LeBron James scored 38 points, but missed a potential go-ahead 3 late. Chris Bosh had a jumper at the buzzer to win it but it hit nothing but air.

George had two monster dunks - one over LeBron James - to get the Pacers back in the game.

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