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June 9, 2013 | By Mike Bresnahan
Dwyane Wade's knee seemed fine for the moment. So did Chris Bosh's game and LeBron James' legacy. The Miami Heat evened the NBA Finals with a crushing 103-84 victory Sunday over San Antonio in Game 2 at American Airlines Arena. It started with a ridiculous 33-5 run past the midpoint of the third quarter that never seemed to let up, the Spurs looking nothing like the team that won the opener. BOX SCORE: Miami 103, San Antonio 84 Wade had called it a "must-win" game a day earlier, and he was right.
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May 30, 2013 | By Ira Winderman
MIAMI -- This was not the script, couldn't have been the script. Not with Dwyane Wade failing to score his second basket until midway through the fourth quarter, not with LeBron James converting his first free throw late in the fourth. But with James taking control of the script in the third quarter, the latest chapter of the Heat's Big Three experience is down to this: Miami now is one victory from its third consecutive appearance in the NBA Finals. Moving to a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference finals with Thursday's 90-79 victory over the Indiana Pacers at AmericanAirlines Arena, the Heat can close out the series Saturday at Indianapolis.
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May 28, 2013 | By Ira Winderman, South Florida Sun Sentinel
INDIANAPOLIS — Ricky Bobby and Cal Naughton Jr. had their "Shake and Bake" in the epic comedy "Talladega Nights. " For Dwyane Wade and LeBron James, it has become something closer to "slash and bash," at least the way it played out in Sunday's 114-96 victory over the Indiana Pacers that gave the Miami Heat a 2-1 series lead in the Eastern Conference finals. With James taking his game into the post, thereby opening opportunities on the wing for Wade, the duo took the latest step in proving that they could succeed together.
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May 21, 2013 | By Ben Bolch
SAN ANTONIO - He did it with lobs into the post, simple bounce passes and wild flings into the corners. Wherever Tony Parker put the ball Tuesday night at AT&T Center, the San Antonio Spurs usually turned it into a basket. Including the one they needed most. Tim Duncan took one of Parker's passes late in overtime and made a floating jumper that helped the Spurs hold on for a 93-89 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals.
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May 6, 2013 | By Ben Bolch, Los Angeles Times
Eastern Conference semifinal No. 1 Miami vs. No. 5 Chicago Season series: Tied, 2-2. Key stat: Miami held Milwaukee to 85.3 points per game in its first-round sweep of the Bucks. Outlook: Chicago mucked things up for Miami in the regular season, ending the Heat's 27-game winning streak that fell only six games short of the NBA record. This isn't the regular season. This is the time of year when the Heat becomes unbearable, as evidenced by its romp over Milwaukee that was the closest thing the league had to a first-round bye. Miami is also enjoying the benefit of extra rest for Dwyane Wade's sore right knee, which kept him out of Game 4 against the Bucks.
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April 26, 2013 | By Broderick Turner
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - In the Clippers' eyes, there's only one way to slow down the backboard-attacking Memphis Grizzlies. "Everybody has to rebound," Clippers center DeAndre Jordan said. That's what helped the Clippers win Games 1 and 2 of the Western Conference playoff series as the Clippers outrebounded Memphis in both games. But when the Clippers didn't generate a collective rebounding effort in Game 3, it led to the Grizzlies outrebounding them, 45-33, and it led to a defeat.
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April 26, 2013 | By Ben Bolch
The Lakers will have a most valuable player in their backcourt Friday. It won't be Kobe Bryant. It may not be Steve Nash. That could leave Andrew Goudelock, selected as MVP of the NBA's Development League on Thursday after a season's worth of memorable performances against such teams as the Fort Wayne Mad Ants and the Maine Red Claws. Next up for Goudelock: the San Antonio Spurs, in Game 3 of the Lakers' Western Conference first-round playoff series at Staples Center. A Lakers season that has included some surprising backcourt combinations - Bryant as a point guard, Nash as a hybrid shooting guard - could yield an even more unlikely union after another wave of injuries to Nash, Steve Blake and Jodie Meeks.
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April 26, 2013 | By Broderick Turner
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- The stats don't lie. And in the case of the Clippers, the statistics told so much about why they lost, 94-82, to the Memphis Grizzlies in Game 3 of the Western Conference first-round playoff series on Thursday night at the FedEx Forum. The one statistic that now matters most to both teams is that the Clippers lead this best-of-seven series, 2-1. Game 4 is Saturday back here. After the game, the Clippers had written down many of the stat lines on the grease board inside their locker room.
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April 26, 2013
Every game, someone different steps up for the Miami Heat. Well, someone different and LeBron James. Ageless Ray Allen scored 23 points, setting the NBA career playoff record for three-pointers in the process, and James had seven of his 22 points during a decisive run that closed out the third quarter — and maybe the Milwaukee Bucks. The Heat's 104-91 victory Thursday night at Milwaukee gave the defending champions a 3-0 lead, with a chance to complete the sweep Sunday afternoon at the Bradley Center.
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