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May 31, 2013

With words and a look, James lifts Heat, 90-79

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MIAMI — "We had 24 minutes to play for our livelihoods," Haslem said. "And that's how we played in the second half."

Haslem's first shot of the night was a complete brick, bouncing off the top of the backboard. He was perfect the rest of the way, including going 5 for 5 in the third.

For the second time in the series, Haslem — who has struggled with his shot for the better part of two years — finished 8 for 9.

"That burned us," Vogel said.

Haslem got past Hibbert easily and into the lane for a dunk that put Miami up 47-46, the first Heat lead since 4-2. The Pacers were back on top by a point with 6:58 left in the third when fighting words reappeared, on a play in which George Hill was called for an offensive foul after getting caught pushing off on a drive. West angrily approached Chalmers after the play and both of them, along with Haslem, got technicals when all was said and done.

It clearly fired up Miami.

James and Haslem combined to score 18 of their team's 21 points in the final 6:04 of the third. Everything came on jump shots, including a 3-pointer from Chalmers, three jumpers averaging 20 feet from Haslem, and five more from James, including a 3-pointer with 16 seconds left in the quarter that put Miami up 70-56 and had him yelling at no one in particular as the arena roared.

"We didn't have enough fight," West said. "We stalled."

George didn't sound overly impressed even after James' third-quarter numbers.

"He just came out and made some shots," George said. "You take away that third, and we're in the ballgame."

Indiana was blown out in Game 5 of a tied-up series at Miami last season. This one took a much different tone from the outset, with the Pacers running out to a 15-9 lead that could have been worse for Miami given that West and Hibbert combined to miss three easy layups in the opening minutes.

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