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How he handles everything on Monday will probably determine if the Heat live to play another day in these playoffs.

“I probably will not be able to relax until the game starts,” James said. “You know, it’s an opportunity for us. And like I said, that’s what we had the best record in the league for. If we didn’t take care of business on the road at some point in the playoffs, we could always fall back on this. We hate to be in this position, but it’s an opportunity and we look forward to it on Monday.”

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AP Sports Writer Michael Marot in Indianapolis contributed.