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BASKETBALL: Pacers score one-point victory over Miami Heat

Published:Thursday | March 27, 2014 | 1:20 PM

Jamaican centre Roy Hibbert scored 21 points to help lead the Indiana Pacers back from a seven-point fourth-quarter deficit for an 84-83 victory over two-time defending champions Miami Heat in the NBA last night.

Paul George scored most points for the Pacers. He had 23 points.

As a result of the victory, the NBA's best home team ended a two-game losing streak and took a 2-1 lead in the season series against Miami.

The Pacers also rebuilt a three-game advantage in the race for the Eastern Conference's top seed.

They also clinched their second straight Central Division crown.

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

Over in San Antonio, Tim Duncan had 29 points, 13 rebounds and five assists, and last season’s beaten finalist San Antonio Spurs overcame a fourth-quarter collapse to beat the Denver Nuggets 108-103 for their 15th straight victory.

Over in Detroit, Dion Waiters hit a contested baseline jumper at the buzzer, completing a rally that lifted the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 97-96 victory over the Detroit Pistons.

Other winners were New York Knicks, Memphis Grizzlies, Charlotte Bobcats, Phoenix Suns, Toronto Raptors, Cleveland Cavaliers, Minnesota Timberwolves and New Orleans Pelicans.


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