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MIAMI —No Big Three meant one big problem for Miami, and one very big win for
Indiana. Brian Urlacher Womens Jersey . David West
scored 16 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, George Hill added 15 and the Indiana
Pacers took home-court advantage away from Miami by beating the Heat 78-75 in
Game 2 of the teams Eastern Conference semifinal series Tuesday night.
LeBron James scored 28 points for Miami and Dwyane Wade finished with 24, but
both missed big chances for the Heat late. James missed two free throws with
54.3 seconds left and Miami down one, and Wade was short on a layup that would
have tied the game with 16 seconds remaining. Mario Chalmers 3-pointer to tie
bounced away on the final play, and the series was tied 1-1. Danny Granger
scored 11 points and Paul George added 10 for Indiana, which took advantage of
Heat forward Chris Boshs absence and outrebounded Miami 50-40. Game 3 is
Thursday in Indianapolis. 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 couldnt connect on either, and
the Heat didnt score again. Bosh is expected to miss the rest of the series with
a strained abdominal muscle. Without him, James and Wade combined for 52 points
—and no other Miami player scored more than five. A dreadful third quarter by
Miami—3 for 17 shooting—allowed Indiana to lead by as much as 11, before
the emotions picked up considerably in the fourth. Wade was steaming when he
missed a shot after trying to create contact with Indianas 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. 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 werent rattled, and left celebrating
minutes later. 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,
Miamis lead was only 38-33 at the break. George missed four shots in a 60-second
span early on, setting the tone for an icy-cold half by the Pacers. Indiana was
up 16-9 midway through the first when the Heat went to a smaller lineup that
paid quick dividends. Three baskets at the rim—a layup by Wade, then James
firing a pass to Turiaf for a dunk, followed by a Wade touch pass to James for
another slam—erased most of the early deficit, and defence did the rest.
Indiana missed 24 of 29 shots in one stretch, and after Hibbert used his size
advantage to get three shots in the first 1:11, he only got two attempts over
the rest of the half. Miami was 0-for-7 on shots that would have pushed its
margin to double digits in the first half, continuing a trend from Game 1.
Neither team ever led the series opener by more than nine either, and when
George made a 3-pointer with 6:09 left in the third, the Pacers had pulled into
a 46-all tie. A steal and dunk by George followed on the next possession,
putting the Pacers back on top. Before long, the Pacers had that first 10-point
edge of the series. Collisons jumper with 1:29 left in the third put Indiana up
59-49, and the margin was 61-52 entering the fourth. For as bad as Indianas
first half was offensively, Miamis third quarter was equally dreadful—the
Heat were outscored 28-14 on 3-for-17 shooting in the period, the third-worst
shooting effort by the reigning East champs in any quarter this season. NOTES:
James six steals were a Heat playoff record. ... Trying to exploit the size
advantage with Bosh out, the Pacers gave 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. Mike Singletary Womens Jersey . 15 and
re-opens for business later, the Canadian Hockey League will have plans in place
for its NHLeligible players. Walter Payton Pink Jersey .Y. —Stalled
lease negotiations have led to the Buffalo Bills and Erie County favouring a
one-year lease extension that would allow the team to keep playing at Ralph
Wilson Stadium next season while talks continue on a long-term deal. http://www.shopchicagobearsgear.com/ . Then
he joined the Miami Heat, and things only got worse. Miami has lost seven of
eight on the parquet floor since James arrived to form a superteam modeled after
the new Big Three that hung the Celtics unprecedented 17th NBA championship
banner. Major Wright Womens Jersey . Strasburg
matched his career low by lasting only three innings, allowing five runs Friday
night in the Washington Nationals 9-7, 10-inning loss to the Miami Marlins. Brian Urlacher Authentic Jersey . FIFA pushed
back plans until July to name independent outsiders who will spearhead a new
investigations unit. Critics want these officials to probe past allegations of
wrongdoing in their new jobs leading prosecution and judging chambers of a
revamped ethics court.(Sports Network) – Jonathon Niese will try to extend the
amazing shutout streak the Mets have had so far in a magical weekend against the
defending World Series champions. The left-hander takes the mound for the third
installment of a four-game series against the St. Louis Cardinals. Catch all the
action on TSN2 beginning at 8pm et/5pm pt. Friday night, Johan Santana threw the
first no-hitter in Mets history and yesterday afternoon R.A. Dickey pitched his
third career shutout in a 5-0 final. Now its Nieses turn. The southpaw gave up
two hits and four runs over five
plus innings of a no-decision against the
Phillies on Tuesday. The Mets lost that game, 8-4. All told, Niese has given up
13 earned runs over his last three starts. Hes 1-1 with a 2.63 ERA in three
games against St. Louis. Jake Westbrook, tonights St. Louis starter, has made
just three career starts against the Mets and is 1-1 with a 3.43 ERA. The righty
is 0-2 over his last four appearances and has given up 18 earned runs during
that span, covering 20 innings. Dickey (8-1) gave up seven hits, including two
in the ninth inning, and struck out nine without issuing a walk. The
knuckleballer threw 73 of his 100 pitches for strikes—the last one was lined
to right field by Carlos Beltran, stranding a runner at third to wrap up Dickeys
fifthh complete game and first shutout in almost two years. Walter Payton Youth Jersey. “When hes got
that knuckleball working like he did today, I feel bad for the hitters,” said
Mets third baseman David Wright, who homered. “I faced him in spring training,
and its not fun. It makes you look foolish. You look up at the radar gun and its
high 60s, low 70s miles an hour.” Santana tossed 134 pitches in his no-hitter,
an 8-0 win to open the four-game series. It came in the franchises 8,020th game.
Santana and Dickey were also the last two Mets pitchers to throw back-to-back
shutouts on Aug. 12 and 13, 2010. “I went to bed last night reminding myself to
bring what I bring, whatever that is,” said Dickey. “[Santana] did a fantastic
thing yesterday and I just wanted to give our team a chance to win.” Cardinals
righty Lance Lynn (8-2), with a chance to become the majors first nine-game
winner this season, was no match. He lasted just 4 2/3 innings in his shortest
outing of the season, giving up three runs—two earned—on five hits and
four walks. The Cardinals have lost four in a row to fall to 1-4 on a 10-game
road trip. Wright has scored 734 runs in his career, one shy of tying Jose Reyes
for the most in team history. New York split its six meetings with the Cards
last season. ’ ’ ’ 

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