LeBron James was a beast on the floor once again on Tuesday night, but the King's performance wasn't enough to catapult the Heat past a scrappy Pacers squad.
James, who scored 28 points and grabbed nine rebounds on the night, deferred to his teammates in the closing minutes of the game, and Indiana ultimately took complete control for a 78-75 win.
Here are the recaps from the games that took place Tuesday, May 16. Be sure to check out more of our in-depth Associated Press recaps and previews.
Indiana Pacers 78, Miami Heat 75
MIAMI — This does not sound like a winning formula. Miss 24 of 29 shots in one stretch, on the road. Watch an 11-point, second-half lead turn into a deficit. Have your entire team get outscored by two players in the fourth quarter.
Somehow, it worked for the Indiana Pacers.
And with one part of the Big Three gone, the Miami Heat might have a very big problem.
David West scored 16 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, and the 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 — after LeBron James and Dwyane Wade both came up short on key opportunities in the final minute. Read the complete story here.
San Antonio Spurs 108, Los Angeles Clippers 92
SAN ANTONIO — So much for getting rusty. The San Antonio Spurs didn't miss a beat after a weeklong break, extending a winning streak that few NBA teams have ever sustained in the playoffs.
The weary Los Angeles Clippers looked just beaten — and, making matters worse, they're even a little more beat-up than when they got here.
Tim Duncan had 26 points and 10 rebounds following an eight-day layoff for the top-seeded Spurs, who wore down Los Angeles in the Clippers' sixth game in 11 days and won Game 1 of their Western Conference semifinals series 108-92 on Tuesday night. Read the complete story here.
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