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David West scored 16 points and George Hill added 15 as the Indiana Pacers evened up their best of 7 Eastern Conference Semifinals series at one game apiece with a 78-75 win over the Miami Heat at the American Airlines Arena. West shot just 5/13 (39%) from the field but sunk 6/8 (75%) from the charity stripe and pulled down 10 rebounds. Hill shot just 4/9 (44%) overall and committed 6 of his team's 18 turnovers. Danny Granger contributed 11 points for the Pacers but shot only 5/14 (36%) overall. Indiana shot only 38% overall including a dismal 3/15 (20%) from 3 point range. However they converted 19/27 (70%) from the ft line and outrebounded the Heat 50-40 including 11 boards apiece from Roy Hibbert and Paul George. Lebon James led Miami with 28 points on 10/22 (46%) from the floor while Dwayne Wade added 24 on 8/22 (36%). James also collected 9 rebounds, dished out 5 assists and recorded 6 steals. However no other Miami players managed to reach dobule figures. The Heat shot just 35% overall with everyone aside from Wade or James converting just 9/34 (26%) from the field. Collectively Miami made just 1/16 (6%) from 3 point range and recorded just 11 team assists on 27 made field goals. The whole game was a grind. Indiana scored 16 points in the first seven minutes of the first half, then scored 17 in the next 17 minutes. And even after a drought like that, Miami's lead was only 38-33 at the break. Miami was 0-for-7 on shots that would have pushed its margin to double digits in the first half. Wade was steaming when he missed a shot after trying to create contact with Indiana's Dahntay Jones with 9:53 left. As Wade argued, Jones went the other way and set Leandro Barbosa up for a score that put the Pacers up 63-56. Mario Chalmers turned the ball over on the next possession, and as the Pacers took off for what set up as a 2-on-none break, Wade caught Darren Collison from behind and knocked him over. A flagrant-1 was called, Collison hit both free throws, the Indiana lead was nine and tensions were suddenly high. The Heat scored the next six points. James -- who got hit in the head by Granger with 7:25 left, sparking a bit of shoving that led to double-technicals given to both players -- added a putback off an offensive rebound and Wade did the same about a minute later, getting Miami within 69-66 with 5:57 left. James had a chance to give Miami the lead with 1:22 left, but his shot was blocked from behind by George, who was fouled two seconds later. He missed both free throws, keeping the Indiana lead at 76-75. And after Wade missed a jumper, James was fouled by Granger -- his sixth -- battling for the rebound with 54.3 seconds remaining. James missed both free throws and Wade was short on a layup that would have tied the game with 16 seconds remaining. Moments later, a few of the Pacers were leaping in celebration at midcourt of Miami's floor, something that Wade said was noticed afterward. We'll see how Miami reacts in game 3 when the series shifts to Bankers Life Fieldhouse tomorrow night.
Tim Duncan scored 26 points and Manu Ginobli added 22 off the bench as the San Antonio Spurs crushed the LA Clippers 108-92 in the opening game of the Western Conference semifinals at the AT&T Center. Duncan and company showed no rust from the 8 day layoff making 12/20 shots (60%) and collecting 10 rebounds. Ginobli shot 6/13 (46%) overall including 3/8 (38%) from 3 point range while Kahwi Leonard contributed 16. The Spurs shot 49% overall including a sizzling 13/25 (52%) from 3 point range while draining 17/21 (81%) from the charity stripe. They also outrebounded LA 47-34 and recorded 29 team assists, 11 by Tony Parker despite committing 19 turnovers. Eric Bledsoe led the Clippers with 23 points off the bench while Caron Butler and Blake Griffin each added 15. Nick Young contributed 13 points for the Clips, who shot 45% overall and 9/19 (47%) from beyond the arc. Chris Paul recorded 10 of his team's 19 assists, but shot only 3/13 (23%) for 6 points along with 5 steals. The Spurs have won 15 in a row, haven't lost in more than a month and are winning by an average margin of nearly 17 points during that span. It's the longest winning streak sustained in the NBA playoffs since the 2004 Spurs carried 17 straight wins into the second round that season. That Spurs team, however, wound up dropping four straight to the Lakers and lost that series. The Clippers have a lot of work to do if they're going to stage a similar stunner, and a good start would be getting healthy. That gives the beat-up and banged-up Clippers one full day of rest -- which is all the time they've had to recover between games for the past week and a half. Los Angeles couldn't even fly home first after knocking out the Grizzlies on Sunday in Game 7 of a grueling series that had the Clippers hobbling next to Texas. LA will look to even the series tomorrow night in game 2.