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May 31, 2013

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

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MIAMI — "There's no question, we blew some opportunities in the first quarter," Vogel said.

George and Hibbert combined for all of Indiana's 23 points in the first quarter. Indiana's lead was four after the period, and when the second began, the reminders that these teams simply do not like each other started coming fast and furious.

Miami's Chris Andersen and Indiana's Tyler Hansbrough needed to be separated early in the second, and both got technicals after Andersen appeared to hit Hansbrough twice, first with a shoulder and then with a two-hand shove. Andersen also picked up a flagrant-1 for his efforts. Things cooled off a bit for the rest of the half, and Indiana went into the break leading 44-40.

The Pacers then scored the first basket of the third.

After that, all Heat.

Or more specifically, all James and Haslem, who put together a burst that the defending champions desperately needed. And now the finals are one win away.

"We were able to respond," James said.

NOTES: The Pacers spent Thursday night in Miami, not planning to fly home until Friday afternoon. ... David Beckham was courtside near the Heat bench, Floyd Mayweather Jr. was courtside near the Pacers' bench. ... Hansbrough left in the fourth quarter with a sprained right ankle after falling over Shane Battier, who was down on the court after going for a rebound.

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