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Heat wilt against Pacers

INDIANAPOLIS -- LeBron James grabbed a seat on Miami's bench, lowered his head and stared down at the floor.

Way down.

The Heat are in a hole.

Roy Hibbert had 19 points and 18 rebounds, George Hill scored 20 and Danny Granger 17 as the Pacers, showing more balance, toughness and togetherness than favored Miami, throttled the malfunctioning Heat, 94-75, on Thursday night in Game Three of the Eastern Conference semifinals.

Overlooked during the regular season and given little chance to upset the reigning East champions, the Pacers took a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series.

Game Four is Sunday at raucous Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

James scored 22 -- 16 in the first half before wearing down -- and Mario Chalmers added 25 for Miami. However, Dwyane Wade, banged up and possibly slowed by a more serious injury, scored only 5 on 2-of-13 shooting for the Heat, already missing forward Chris Bosh because of a strained abdominal muscle and not expected to return for this series.

Wade also had an angry exchange during a timeout in the third quarter with coach Erik Spoelstra, who dismissed it as a heat-of-battle incident.

"That happens," Spoelstra said. "That was during a very emotional part of the game. We were getting our butt kicked."

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Spurs batter Clippers

SAN ANTONIO -- Tony Parker scored 22 points on his 30th birthday, Tim Duncan had 18 and the San Antonio Spurs beat the fading Los Angeles Clippers, 105-88, pushing their winning streak to 16 and taking a 2-0 lead in their Western Conference semifinal series.

Chris Paul responded to his awful Game One with only a slightly better encore, scoring 10 points.

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