published Thursday, May 23rd, 2013

LeBron saves Heat at buzzer of Game 1

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    Indiana Pacers forward Tyler Hansbrough (50) exchanges words with Miami Heat forward Chris Andersen (11) during the first half of Game 1 in their NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals playoff series, Wednesday, May 22, 2013 in Miami. Andersen was charged with a technical foul.
    Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

MIAMI — LeBron James made a layup as time expired in overtime, and the Miami Heat found a way to beat the Indiana Pacers 103-102 in a wild Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals Wednesday night.

James finished with 30 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists for the Heat — his ninth postseason triple-double, and barely anyone noticed. All that mattered was the last shot, which simply saved the Heat.

Paul George made three free throws with 2.2 seconds left in the overtime, which he forced with a miracle 3-pointer, to give the Pacers the lead. But James just drove down the left side of the lane, scored with ease and the Heat escaped.

Game 2 is Friday night in Miami.

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