George Hill scored 20 points and Roy Hibbert added 19 as the Indiana Pacers mauled the Miami Heat 94-75 taking a 2-1 lead in their Eastern Conference Semifinals series. Hill shot 6/8 (75%) from the field including 3/4 (75%) from 3 point range and drained all 5 of his free throw attempts. Hibbert battled through foul trouble but shot 9/16 (56%) and collected 18 rebounds while recording 5 blocks. Danny Granger contributed 17 and David West finished with 14 points and 9 rebounds. The Pacers shot 43% from the floor including 8/14 (57%) from 3 point range and converted 20-23 (87%) from the charity stripe outrebounding the Heat 52-36 despite committing 15 turnovers. Mario Chalmers shot 10/15 (67%) from the floor and led Miami with 25 points along with 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Lebron James added 22 but committed 5 of his team's 15 turnovers on 10/22 (46%) overall. Joel Anthony contributed 10 points off the bench for Miami, who shot just 37% from the field overall including a dismal 4/20 (20%) from 3 point range while committing 15 turnovers. 6 of those turnovers were committed by Dwayne Wade, who shot only 2/13 (15%) overall for just 5 points. Despite playing almost 21 minutes and exerting himself on defense, James had enough energy to throw down a vicious left-handed dunk in the final minute of the first half, pulling the Heat even at 43. He looked back at the Miami bench as if to say, "How about a little help out here?" Wade, on the other hand, was lost. He missed all five field-goal attempts, made two turnovers and ran around like a playoff rookie and not a superstar appearing in his 95th career postseason game. Wade finally made his first field goal with 10:22 left in the third to put Miami up 47-45, but the Pacers went on a 10-1 run with Granger dropping a 3-pointer in front of the Heat bench to make it 55-48 and then playfully skipping down the sideline as Miami called a timeout. During a timeout, Spoelstra was talking to Wade, who didn't like what he heard and angrily snapped at his coach. Several Miami players stepped in before the confrontation escalated. Afterward, Wade didn't want to discuss the dispute. Spoelstra dismissed his clash with Wade as a heat-of-battle moment. "That happens," Spoelstra said. "Anybody that has been part of a team or has been a coach or been a player, you have no idea how often things like that happen. That was during a very emotional part of the game. We were getting our butt kicked. Those exchanges happen all the time during the course of an NBA season. "There's going to be a lot of times where guys say something, you don't like it. You get over it and you move on. We're all connected. Dwyane and I have been together for a long time, a long time. We've been through basically everything. A lot of different roles, a lot of different teams. That really is nothing. That is the least of our concern. That type of fire, shoot, that's good. That's the least of our concerns. Our concern is getting ready for Sunday." We'll see what happens in game 4 on Sunday at Banker's Life Fieldhouse.
Tony Parker celebrated his 30th birthday by scoring 22 points and Tim Duncan added 18 as the San Antonio Spurs clobbered the Los Angeles Clippers 105-88 at the AT&T Arena taking a 2-0 lead in their Western Conference Semifinal series. Parker shot just 8/19 (42%) from the field but made all 6 of his free throws, collected 5 rebounds, handed out 5 assists and recorded 3 steals. Duncan made 9/14 (64%) overall and also pulled down 5 rebounds. Boris Diaw hit all 7 of his field goal attempts for 16 points and Manu Ginobli contributed 10 off the bench. San Antonio shot 53% overall including 10/25 (40%) from 3 point range and recorded 23 team assists while committing only 10 turnovers outreboundign the Clippers 35-32. Blake Griffin led LA with 20 points but was held to just 1 rebound. Randy Foye added 10 poitns and Chris Paul, still clearly not close to 100% finished with just 9 points and committed 9 of his team's 19 turnovers. The Clippers shot 49% including 9/13 (69%) from beyond the arc, but trailed by as many as 21 never seemingly getting into an offensive rhythm despite cutting the deficit to 2 points late in the first half. A bumbling start had the Clippers already down by 15 in the first quarter before clawing back with a 9-2 burst. Getting to within 46-42 at halftime had the Clippers' bench heading to the locker room clapping and Spurs coach Gregg Popovich storming off fuming. Halfway through the third quarter, however, the lead was back to 16. DeAndre Jordan seethed and slammed the ball when a missed rotation gave Green an uncontested 3-pointer that stretched San Antonio's lead to back to double digits in the third. Less than a minute later, Foye trotted upcourt shaking his head after Paul's fumbled dribble gave Kawhi Leonard a clear path for a breakaway dunk. Following another 3-pointer by Green- this one pushing San Antonio's lead to 70-60 - the turned-around Clippers looked so disjointed that Green darted back down and knocked the ball out of Paul's hands on the ensuing inbound. For the 13th time in a winning streak that seldom run this long in the NBA playoffs, the Spurs won by double digits. Only two other teams have sustained a longer winning streak in the playoffs: the 2004 Spurs (17) and the 2001 Lakers (19). Game 3 takes place back at the Staples Center on Saturday.
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