Heat earn fourth straight trip to finals

May 31, 2014

Heat earn fourth straight trip to finals

For the entirety of the regular season, the supremacy of the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference was brought into serious question by the Indiana Pacers. Then came the playoffs. And the question was answered — emphatically. The Heat became the third franchise in ...

George's big night helps Pacers stave off elimination

May 29, 2014

George's big night helps Pacers stave off elimination

Paul George went into desperation mode to salvage the Pacers’ season. It was barely good enough. The 24-year-old All-Star scored 21 of his 37 points in the fourth quarter and inspired Indiana to fend off Miami’s late challenges as the Pacers staved off playoff ...

LeBron, Bosh put Heat win away from finals

May 27, 2014

LeBron, Bosh put Heat win away from finals

Chris Bosh got them started. LeBron James took over in the second half. And in the end, the Miami Heat moved one win from yet another Eastern Conference title. James had 32 points and 10 rebounds, Bosh added 25 points — nearly matching his ...

Heat storm back to beat Pacers, take 2-1 lead

May 25, 2014

Heat storm back to beat Pacers, take 2-1 lead

Down by 15 early, the Miami Heat could have hit the panic button. Instead, they found a way to move within two wins of another trip to the NBA Finals. LeBron James scored 26 points, Dwyane Wade added 23 and the Heat shook off ...

George to return for Pacers in Game 3

May 24, 2014

George to return for Pacers in Game 3

NBA Indiana’s Paul George will play in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals, which comes as no surprise to the Miami Heat. They were expecting him there all along. The Pacers announced Friday night that George has been cleared “to return to normal ...

LeBron, Wade dig Heat out of hole to even series at 1-1

May 21, 2014

LeBron, Wade dig Heat out of hole to even series at 1-1

LeBron James and Dwyane Wade followed the same old script Tuesday night. When Miami got into trouble, the All-Star duo bailed out the Heat. Again. James scored the first six points in a decisive 12-2 run, and combined with Wade for Miami’s final 20 ...

Pacers open series against Heat with dominant win

May 19, 2014

Pacers open series against Heat with dominant win

Indiana is done talking about home-court advantage. The top-seeded Pacers are ready to use it against the two-time defending champs. They took the first step Sunday, when Paul George finished with 24 points and seven assists, David West added 19 points and seven rebounds, ...

Pacers hold on to top spot in East

Apr 14, 2014

Pacers hold on to top spot in East

The Pacers were back to being themselves Sunday. They made shots. They defended hard for 48 minutes. Lance Stephenson regained his swagger and, yes, the reeling Pacers even looked like a playoff-ready team. David West made three free throws in the final 15 seconds ...

Heat blast Pacers

Apr 12, 2014

Heat blast Pacers

For most of the season, the Miami Heat were chasing the Indiana Pacers. On Friday, they just blew by them. Control of the Eastern Conference again belongs to the Heat, after LeBron James scored 36 points and the two-time defending NBA champions opened the ...

Spurs roll to 18th straight win

Apr 1, 2014

Spurs roll to 18th straight win

San Antonio is steamrolling its way into the playoffs. Indiana can’t even figure out what’s wrong. And a game that might have been billed as an NBA Finals preview just a week or two ago demonstrated just how wide the disparity is now. Tony ...

Pacers win bruising battle against Heat in race for top seed

Mar 27, 2014

Pacers win bruising battle against Heat in race for top seed

Indiana took every shot Miami could muster Wednesday night. Then the Pacers threw a couple of their own punches — and put the two-time defending champs on the mat. Paul George scored 23 points, Roy Hibbert added 21 and Indiana rallied from a seven-point ...

Knicks start with win

Mar 20, 2014

Knicks start with win

Long after Phil Jackson acknowledged the cheering fans with a thumbs-up and then a wave, there was one more standing ovation inside Madison Square Garden. This one went to the Knicks, a far cry from the way they were treated at home earlier this ...