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NBA Game Summary - Indiana at Miami



(Friday, April 11th)

Final Score: Miami 98, Indiana 86

Miami, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - The road to the Eastern Conference title appears to be headed through South Beach.

LeBron James scored a game-high 36 points and the Miami Heat surprisingly blew out the rival Indiana Pacers, 98-86, on Friday in the finale of the season series between last year's conference finals combatants.

The outcome did not determine the East's top seed, but Miami now controls its own fate with winnable games against the Hawks, Wizards and 76ers remaining. Indiana, which sits a half-game behind the two-time defending champions, hosts the Thunder before a road tilt against Orlando ends its regular season.

Despite being without Dwyane Wade for a ninth straight game because of a hamstring injury, the Heat pulled away courtesy of a lopsided third quarter.

James scored 13 of his points in the frame, which saw the Heat turn a three- point halftime cushion into a lead that grew to 23 points.

"The third quarter was too much for us to overcome," Pacers head coach Frank Vogel said. "Give the Heat a lot of credit, their defensive pressure was extraordinary and they played a terrific basketball game."

Mario Chalmers finished with 13 points, five rebounds and five assists, while Udonis Haslem netted 11 points with nine boards in the resounding win.

The crushing loss added to Indiana's recent swoon, one that included Vogel benching his starters in a lead-up game to Friday's clash. Paul George and David West were the only starters to respond with double-digit scoring efforts, totaling 22 and 18 points, respectively.

Roy Hibbert was limited to five points on 2-of-6 shooting, and the 7-foot-2 center only grabbed one rebound in nearly 34 minutes of playing time.

A back-and-forth first half was a distant afterthought when Miami opened the third quarter with 16 consecutive points.

Chalmers got things started with a 3-pointer, Haslem chipped in with two putbacks and James scored seven points during the game-altering run. James' deep jumper with a hand in his face and a foot on the 3-point line stretched the Heat's lead to 61-42, deflating the Pacers to the point of calling three timeouts in the first six minutes of the quarter.

"The first half was a heck of a half ... Our defense was on point, with the deflections, the pressure, the rotations. In the second half, we just continued with that pressure and finally broke it open," Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra said.

The margin grew to a healthy 23 points later in the frame, and one final Indiana push -- a 13-0 surge that bled into the fourth quarter -- cut the deficit to a manageable nine points at 76-67.

Miami, though, answered with nine in a row with James on the bench, and the hosts cruised over the final eight minutes.

The Pacers, inept on offense during a 4-8 stretch over their previous 12 games, came out of the gate and made seven of their first 10 shots.

James kept the Heat close with 14 points in a first quarter that had seven lead changes and five ties and ended with Indiana in front 25-23.

Both defenses showed up in the second quarter, with Miami forcing seven turnovers and Indiana limiting the Heat to 36.8 percent shooting. Still, the Heat got to the foul line 10 times and made eight free throws to head into the break with a slim 45-42 advantage.

Game Notes

Indiana holds the tiebreaker over the Heat should they tie due to splitting the four-game season series and holding a better conference record ... Haslem's first offensive rebound moved him past Alonzo Mourning for first place on the Heat's all-time list with 1,506 ... The Pacers have been outrebounded in seven straight games, with Miami owning a 40-31 edge on Friday ... The Pacers have lost six straight regular season road games to the Heat and have not won in Miami since Nov. 22, 2010 ... Miami forced 16 turnovers and only committed nine.

04/12 00:48:30 ET

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Local
Final
ROC 8
DUR 2
 
2:30pm Friday
STONYBROOK
NCSTATE
 
7:05pm Friday
SYR
DUR
 
6:35pm Saturday
SYR
DUR
 
5:05pm Sunday
SYR
DUR
 
Final
TEX 3
CLE 12
Final
COL 6
CIN 4
Final
MIA 2
PIT 5
Final
CWS 5
TOR 3
Final
KAN 2
NYY 4
Final
BOS 4
MIN 6
Final
PHI 0
NYM 7
Final
SEA 3
TAM 0
Final
SFG 3
MIL 1
8th
DET 3
OAK 1
 
2nd
HOU 0
BAL 0
 
8:05pm Tonight
WAS
CHC
8:15pm Tonight
ARI
STL
10:05pm Tonight
SDP
ANA
10:10pm Tonight
ATL
LOS
1:05pm Thursday
CWS
BAL
 
4:35pm Thursday
CWS
BAL
 
8:05pm Thursday
BOS
TEX
 
10:05pm Thursday
DET
ANA
 
10:05pm Thursday
NYY
OAK
 
10:10pm Thursday
CLE
SEA
 
10:10pm Thursday
PIT
SDP
 
10:15pm Thursday
ATL
SFG
 
4:05pm Friday
KAN
CHC
 
7:05pm Friday
COL
PHI
 
7:05pm Friday
TAM
BAL
 
7:10pm Friday
MIA
NYM
 
7:10pm Friday
WAS
CIN
 
8:05pm Friday
BOS
TEX
 
8:10pm Friday
ARI
MIL
 
8:10pm Friday
CWS
HOU
 
8:10pm Friday
TOR
MIN
 
8:15pm Friday
LOS
STL
 
10:05pm Friday
DET
ANA
 
10:05pm Friday
NYY
OAK
 
10:10pm Friday
CLE
SEA
 
10:10pm Friday
PIT
SDP
 
10:15pm Friday
ATL
SFG
 
2:10pm Saturday
TOR
MIN
 
3:05pm Saturday
COL
PHI
 
4:05pm Saturday
TAM
BAL
 
4:10pm Saturday
ARI
MIL
 
4:10pm Saturday
CWS
HOU
 
4:10pm Saturday
MIA
NYM
 
4:10pm Saturday
WAS
CIN
 
7:15pm Saturday
BOS
TEX
 
7:15pm Saturday
KAN
CHC
 
7:15pm Saturday
LOS
STL
 
10:05pm Saturday
ATL
SFG
 
10:05pm Saturday
DET
ANA
 
10:05pm Saturday
NYY
OAK
 
10:10pm Saturday
CLE
SEA
 
10:10pm Saturday
PIT
SDP
 
1:10pm Sunday
MIA
NYM
 
1:10pm Sunday
WAS
CIN
 
1:35pm Sunday
COL
PHI
 
1:35pm Sunday
TAM
BAL
 
2:10pm Sunday
ARI
MIL
 
2:10pm Sunday
CWS
HOU
 
2:10pm Sunday
TOR
MIN
 
2:15pm Sunday
LOS
STL
 
2:20pm Sunday
KAN
CHC
 
3:05pm Sunday
BOS
TEX
 
4:05pm Sunday
ATL
SFG
 
4:05pm Sunday
NYY
OAK
 
4:10pm Sunday
CLE
SEA
 
8:05pm Sunday
DET
ANA
 
9:10pm Sunday
PIT
SDP
 
9:00pm Tonight
HOU
GSW
9:00pm Friday
GSW
HOU
 
9:00pm Sunday
HOU
GSW
 
8:00pm Tonight
ANA
CHI
8:00pm Friday
TAM
NYR
 
8:00pm Saturday
CHI
ANA
 
12:00pm Friday
AUBURN
CHARLESTON
 
1:00pm Friday
CALIFORNIA
CCAROLINA
 
1:00pm Friday
COLUMBIA
ECAROLINA
 
1:00pm Friday
ORALROBRTS
ARKANSAS
 
1:00pm Friday
OREGON
IOWA
 
1:00pm Friday
SFLORIDA
FAU
 
1:00pm Friday
WRIGHTST
NOTREDAME
 
2:00pm Friday
MICHIGAN
BRADLEY
 
2:30pm Friday
STONYBROOK
NCSTATE
 
2:30pm Friday
TEXAS
OREGONST
 
3:00pm Friday
INDIANA
RADFORD
 
3:30pm Friday
ULLAFAYETE
RICE
 
4:00pm Friday
LEHIGH
LSU
 
6:00pm Friday
CANISIUS
SWMISSOURI
 
6:00pm Friday
CLEMSON
ARIZONAST
 
6:00pm Friday
MERCER
FLORIDAST
 
6:00pm Friday
MOREHEADST
LOUISVILLE
 
6:00pm Friday
VIRGINIA
USC
 
7:00pm Friday
FIU
MIAFLA
 
7:00pm Friday
FLAAM
FLORIDA
 
7:00pm Friday
MARYLAND
MISS
 
7:00pm Friday
SACREDHART
TCU
 
7:00pm Friday
STJOHNS
OKLAHOMAST
 
7:00pm Friday
TSOUTHERN
TEXASAM
 
7:00pm Friday
VCU
DALLASBAPT
 
8:00pm Friday
HSTNBAPT
HOUSTON
 
8:00pm Friday
LIPSCOMB
VANDERBILT
 
8:00pm Friday
OHIO
ILLINOIS
 
8:00pm Friday
TULANE
NWILMINGTN
 
10:00pm Friday
PEPPERDINE
FULLERTON
 
10:00pm Friday
SANDIEGOST
CSANTABAR
 
11:00pm Friday
CSBAKER
UCLA
 
Final
ROC 8
DUR 2
 
7:05pm Friday
SYR
DUR
 
6:35pm Saturday
SYR
DUR
 
5:05pm Sunday
SYR
DUR