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Losing a game at the final buzzer, no less than a playoff game on the road against the reigning NBA champion Miami Heat, would seem to have potential to demoralize the Indiana Pacers.
Losing a game at the final buzzer, no less than a playoff game on the road against the reigning NBA champion Miami Heat, would seem to have potential to demoralize the Indiana Pacers. Or not.
James blew past Paul George and made a layup as time expired, and the Heat found a way to outlast the Indiana Pacers 103-102 in a back-and-forth Game 1 of the East title series Wednesday night.
For Dwyane Wade and Udonis Haslem, this marks five East finals appearances in nine years. For LeBron James, it's a fifth trip to this round in the past seven years, now three straight with Miami after a pair of trips to the East finals with Cleveland. For Ray Allen, it's a fourth East title-round trip in six years, the first three of those coming with Boston.
Dwyane Wade is limping around in obvious pain. LeBron James' shooting percentage is down. Shane Battier and Ray Allen have struggled to get anything going from 3-point range.
The formal announcement of LeBron James' fourth Most Valuable Player award is planned for Sunday, the eve of the Eastern Conference semifinals for the Heat. The honor will vault him into an elite category shared by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Michael Jordan, Bill Russell and Wilt Chamberlain, the only other players to win the award at least four times.
LeBron James worked Ray Allen hard for two years, urging the veteran guard to come to Miami any time he saw him.
Long after just about every Miami Heat player left the practice court on Monday, LeBron James stayed behind for a 3-point shooting contest against Ray Allen and Mario Chalmers.
While LeBron James and Dwyane Wade chilled at the end of the bench — and with Chris Bosh and Udonis Haslem also out of the lineup — the Miami Heat's B-squad set a franchise record for 3-point attempts and broke the franchise record for victories in a season.
The Miami Heat might be missing four key parts of the rotation when they visit the Charlotte Bobcats on Friday night.
The Miami Heat are bracing to be short-handed again when visiting the Charlotte Bobcats on Friday night.
Winners of 20 games in a row, the Miami Heat could be headed toward history.
The Big East tournament is about to begin, and it's one of Carmelo Anthony's favorite times of year.
LeBron James once carried a team to 66 wins. Ray Allen played for a club that won 19 consecutive games. Dwyane Wade led a team that finished with the Eastern Conference's best record.
Williams made an NBA-record nine 3-pointers in the first half, finished with 11 and scored a season-high 42 points to lead the Brooklyn Nets to a 95-78 victory over the Washington Wizards on Friday night.
"It's been great," he added. "In 17 years, it's probably the one year that went by the quickest. I had so many fun moments from off-the-court things ... to traveling on the road. It was incredible that it went so fast, and that's a testament to how much fun I had personally."
"These guys, truly love each other," Allen said.