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Heat outpaced in Indy


The Indiana Pacers took advantage of a Miami team playing without Chris Bosh and beat the Heat 78-75 to even their best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinal at a game apiece as the series moves to Indianapolis.

With the third member of Miami's Big Three sidelined by an abdominal injury, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade nearly got the job done. LeBron James scored 28 points and Dwyane Wade finished with 24. They were the only Heat players with more than five points. But both missed big chances late in the game. James missed two free throws with 54.3 seconds left and Miami down one, and Wade was short on a lay up that would have tied the game with 16 seconds remaining.

The Heat were out rebounded 50-40 with Bosh in street clothes. And he's expected to miss the rest of the series.

David West scored 16 points and had 10 rebounds to lead the Pacers, who will host Game 3 on Thursday night.

The San Antonio Spurs had little trouble shaking off the rust of eight days between playoff games, beating the Los Angeles Clippers 108-92 in the opener of their Western Conference semifinal series. Tim Duncan recorded his 133rd career playoff double-double, scoring 26 points and grabbing 10 rebounds in the Spurs' 15th consecutive victory dating to the regular season. Manu Ginobili added 22 points for the Spurs, who were tied at 29 through one quarter before slowly pulling away.

Clippers forward Blake Griffin was able to play despite a sprained knee, finishing with 15 points and nine rebounds. Eric Bledsoe had a team-high 23 points for the Clippers, but Chris Paul shot just 3-for-13 in scoring six points.

The Spurs host Game 2 on Thursday.

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