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Published:Friday | May 30, 2014 | 12:00 AM

Pacers stay alive


Paul George scored 31 of his 37 points in the second half, including 21 in the fourth quarter, and almost single-handedly kept the Indiana Pacers alive in the NBA's Eastern Conference finals with a 93-90 victory over the Miami Heat on Wednesday.

The Pacers still trail 3-2 in the best-of-seven series. Game 6 will be played tonight in Miami.

It took a frantic effort just to extend the series, even with the foul-plagued LeBron James held to just seven points in 23 minutes. Chris Bosh led the Heat with 20 points, but missed a potential go-ahead three-pointer in the closing seconds.

Indiana turned a 50-41 deficit into a 64-57 lead after three quarters, then led by as many as 11 in the fourth. Miami's last-ditch rally made it 91-90 with 16 seconds to go, but Indiana managed to hold on to force a Game 6.

George's 21 fourth-quarter points were the most ever scored in one quarter of a playoff game against Miami. The previous best was 20 by the Bulls' Michael Jordan in May 1997.

Lara, Tendulkar together


West Indies legend Brian Lara will play alongside Indian cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar in a world bicentenary match at Lord's on July 5, officials announced yesterday.

Lara, the former West Indies captain, will play alongside MCC captain and fellow all-time batting great Tendulkar for the 50-over match.

"It will be fantastic to play at such an iconic place on such a special occasion," said Lara, 45.

Barbados and West Indies pacer Tino Best is the final name added to a Rest of the World side captained by spinner Shane Warne.

The Australia legend, who took 19 wickets in four Tests at Lord's, will be joined by former England batsman Kevin Petersen, along with Sri Lanka's Muttiah Muralitharan and Pakistan's Shahid Afridi in the Rest of the World XI.

Swann bats for Jordan


Former England spinner Graeme Swann said West Indian all-rounder Chris Jordan should be in England's starting XI for the first Test against Sri Lanka in June.

Jordan took 5-29 in England's 10-wicket win over Sri Lanka in Wednesday's third one-day international at Old Trafford.

"A thousand per cent, yes," declared Swann on BBC Radio 5 live.

"He looks ready-made for international cricket."

The Sussex seamer, playing only his 11th ODI, was named man-of-the-match for the second time in the series.

England dismissed Sri Lanka for 67 then chased down the target in 12.1 overs to move 2-1 ahead in the five-match series.