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“I feel like we should be 2-0,” George said.

James had a chance to give Miami the lead with 1:22 left, but his shot was blocked from behind by George, who was fouled two seconds later. He missed both free throws, keeping the Indiana lead at 76-75. And after Wade missed a jumper, James was fouled by Granger _ his sixth _ battling for the rebound with 54.3 seconds remaining.

James missed both shots, and Indiana held on from there.

“Their third-leading scorer had five points and that’s what you want to do,” Granger said. “If LeBron James gets 11 assists they are probably going to win. They scored a lot, but we stopped everyone else.”

Emotions picked up considerably in the fourth.

Wade was steaming when he missed a shot after trying to create contact with Indiana’s Dahntay Jones with 9:53 left. As Wade argued, Jones went the other way and set Leandro Barbosa up for a score that put the Pacers up 63-56.

Chalmers turned the ball over on the next possession, and as the Pacers took off for what set up as a 2-on-none break, Wade caught Darren Collison from behind and knocked him over. A flagrant-1 was called, Collison hit both free throws, the Indiana lead was nine and tensions were suddenly high.

It all seemed to spark Miami.

The Heat scored the next six points. James _ who got hit in the head by Granger with 7:25 left, sparking a bit of shoving that led to double-technicals given to both players _ added a putback off an offensive rebound and Wade did the same about a minute later, getting Miami within 69-66 with 5:57 left.

The whole game was a grind. Indiana scored 16 points in the first seven minutes of the first half, then scored 17 in the next 17 minutes. And even after a drought like that, Miami’s lead was only 38-33 at the break. Miami was 0-for-7 on shots that would have pushed its margin to double digits in the first half.

“Playoffs,” George said, “are about grinding it out.”

James missed a free throw that would have tied it with 4:30 remaining, but after George got the rebound, James dove in to create a jump ball situation. The MVP easily won the tap, sending it to Wade, whose bank shot over West put Miami back on top 72-71.

Barbosa scored on the next Indiana possession. The Pacers weren’t rattled, and never trailed again.

“We never felt like we were the underdogs,” Granger said.

NOTES: James‘ six steals were a Heat playoff record. … Trying to exploit the size advantage with Bosh out, the Pacers got 7-foot-2 C Roy Hibbert three shots in the first 1:11 of the game. He got three the rest of the game. … Wade is now 39-11 in home playoff games. … James will play his 100th playoff game Thursday.