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MIAMI -- David West punched two passes from LeBron James away in the final minute, then punched the air. Air Max 720 Acheter . He had plenty of reason to celebrate. The Eastern Conference finals are tied, and home-court advantage now belongs to West and the Indiana Pacers. Roy Hibbert scored a post-season career-high 29 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, West broke up two passes by James for huge turnovers, and the Pacers evened the East title series at a game apiece with a 97-93 victory over the Miami Heat in Game 2 on Friday night. "We havent done anything yet," Hibbert said. "We havent closed the series out. We won one game. A lot of us feel we should be up 2-0." Paul George scored 22 points, George Hill added 18 and West finished with 13 for the Pacers, who handed the Heat just their fourth loss in their last 50 games, closed the game on a 13-5 run -- and denied one of the games best playmakers in James twice in the final moments to finish it off. "Theres only like one person thats more scarier than that," Hill said, speaking of James. "And thats, you know, God." The series resumes with Game 3 on Sunday night in Indianapolis. "Its one of the best basketball games Ive ever been a part of," Pacers coach Frank Vogel said. "It wasnt about LeBron making mistakes down the stretch. He played one of the best basketball games Ive ever seen anybody play. We were just able to make a couple plays late in the game." More specifically, West made a couple plays late in the game. "These are two close, competitive games that can go either way," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. "We had our opportunities. Enough opportunities." With Indiana up 95-93, West intercepted a pass that James was throwing to Ray Allen with 43 seconds left. Indiana didnt cash in that mistake, instead turning the ball over with a shot-clock violation. So on the next Miami trip, West denied James -- who led all scorers with 36 points -- again. James drove to the right block, spun and tried passing out toward the perimeter. West got his right hand on that pass, knocking it off-course and into the hands of Hill, then extended his hand skyward. The Pacers -- just as they did in the second-round series last year -- knew they were winning Game 2 in Miami. Hill made two free throws with 8.3 seconds left to clinch it, and just like that, the series was tied. Game 1, Miami won it with James coming through at the end. Game 2, the Pacers simply took away the MVPs opportunity. "Weve been able to maintain our composure throughout the year," West said. "Thats helped us throughout these playoffs and especially in environments like these." The Heat got 17 points from Chris Bosh and 14 from Dwyane Wade. The Heat led 88-84 in the fourth quarter, only to let the lead, the game and the home-court edge slip away, and James had almost an expressionless look afterward. "Nothing broke down," Wade said. "Hes going to be hard on himself. He saw guys open, but West was able to get his arms out there at the last moment." Lance Stephenson scored 10 for the Pacers. The Heat trailed for virtually all of the games first 30 minutes, then tied the game three times in the third quarter -- but Indiana always had a response. When the game was tied at 60, the Pacers scored seven of the next 10 points. Tied at 67, George quickly had a layup to put the Pacers back on top. Tied at 69, George struck again, this time with a jumper. With 5.1 seconds left in the third, George drove the lane and finished a highlight-reel dunk over Miamis Chris Andersen while getting fouled, the free throw putting the Pacers up by five. James connected on a long 3-pointer to close the quarter, then he and George exchanged a few words afterward and slapped each others hand as if to say, "here we go." Sure enough, the show was just getting started. "We had our chance tonight," Bosh said. Hibbert was creating one problem after another for Miami, so James took it upon himself to challenge him in the fourth. And with about 8 minutes left, he swatted a putback attempt away from the 7-foot-2 Indiana centre, starting a play that ended with Chalmers scoring at the other end to give Miami an 85-84 lead. On the next possession, James tied up a rebound with Hibbert, then won the ensuing jump ball. Not long afterward, Bosh made a 3-pointer and Miamis lead was up to 88-84 -- its biggest of the night. "We just didnt finish the game like were capable of," Spoelstra said. Indiana scored the next five points to reclaim the lead. James three-point play with 3:32 left put the Heat on top 91-89, and Hibbert answered that with a jump hook over the reigning MVP to tie the game for the 10th time. Frantic to the finish, again. And this time it went Indianas way. "Heck of a basketball game, wasnt it?" Vogel asked afterward. If there was any remaining lament from losing Game 1 on the final play of overtime, the Pacers didnt show it. They trailed for all of 15 seconds in the first half, and after neither team held a lead of more than seven in the series opener, Indiana found itself leading by 10 late in the first quarter and by 13 with a minute to go before intermission. Hibbert was either unguarded or unguardable, making six of his eight shots in the first two quarters and getting to the line on the way to a 19-point half. West, Hill and George combined for 27 more before the break, and when Hibbert scored with 1:25 left the Pacers lead was 53-40. The Heat needed less than a minute to erase more than half of that deficit. James made a pair of free throws with 59.1 seconds left, Chalmers had a layup and Mike Miller -- who hadnt taken a shot since May 8, but checked in with 3:23 remaining in the half after Allen and Shane Battier continued to struggle from the outside -- connected on a 3-pointer as time expired, pulling Miami within 53-47 at the break. And when Indiana went up nine early in the third quarter, Miami responded with another burst, this time an 11-2 run highlighted by a spectacular reverse dunk by James and capped by two baskets from Wade, the last of which knotted the game at 60-all. By then, it was clear. Just like Game 1, this one wouldnt be decided until the end. NOTES: South Florida resident Jozy Altidore of the U.S. mens national soccer team was among those in attendance, two days before hes set to report to Cleveland and begin training camp for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers. Other celebs in the crowd included newly retired football star and Miami Hurricanes great Ray Lewis, Baseball Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr. and Rosie ODonnell. ... The Pacers were called for four technicals (one a defensive 3-second) in a 4-minute span of the second quarter. ... Indiana reserve Sam Young sprained his left ankle in the third quarter. ... Indiana was not planning to fly home after the game, instead staying in Miami one more night and avoiding getting back to Indianapolis around 4 a.m. or even later. Air Max 720 France .com) - The Montreal Canadiens will try to halt their longest losing streak of the season when they host the struggling New York Islanders in tonights clash at the Bell Centre. Air Max 720 Pas Cher Chine . Marincin has played in two NHL games so far this season with two penalty minutes. The 21-year-old has three goals, four assists and a plus-5 rating in 24 games with the American Hockey Leagues Oklahoma City Barons this season. http://www.airmax720pascher.fr/ . The phone hearing is scheduled for 4:30pm et/1:30pm pt. Winchester, who was not penalized for the hit, appeared to make contact with Kellys head early in the first period of Thursdays game in Boston. Seven months ago, South Africa were not keen to play a day-night Test match, primarily because they had never done it before. Five months ago, they agreed to the fixture, after being assured of adequate preparation time. Now, on the eve of a match which has been dominated by discussion over their stand-in captain Faf du Plessis ball tampering offence, they are - in coach Russell Domingos words - very excited about featuring in only the third fixture of its kind. What changed?When they said they changed the seam, made it black and it would have better visibility, things started changing, du Plessis said. We just wanted to be part of something and not miss out and see whats its all about.Cricket South Africa made it clear that keenness and not cash changed the players minds, and confirmed that Cricket Australia did not offer any financial incentive for their participation in this match. Instead, the hosts promised South Africa two warm-up matches, one pre-series, one mid-series under lights, and agreed to use the pink ball for a winter series between South Africa A and Australia A. Six of the current Test squad members were part of that series.South Africa A lost both unofficial Tests but gained reassuring experience. At the time, Vernon Philander still had some doubt about the balls softness but his report was better than last years, when even Australian players believed the ball needed improvement.It was those concerns that initially dissuaded South Africa. In chats before the World T20, when Australia visited South Africa for three T20s, and at the IPL, South African players spoke to the Australian players and read the comments around the pink ball. There were a lot of question marks around it and at the time, it didnt sound like it was ready for it to be perfect, du Plessis said.Since then, the ball has undergone changes and players are more comfortable with it. Steven Smith confirmed it doesnt swing as much because of the extra layer of lacquer, but it still is most effective under lights: If you look at pink-ball statistics, most wickets have been lost in the third session of play. That is the pattern that has happened.For Faf du Plessis that is not a major issue because two-thirds of the game happens during the day. With the sun setting at around 8pm, only some part of the final session takes place in complete darkness. When you say day-night, you think everything is happening at night but most of it is happeninng in the day. Air Max 720 Sortie. Its only an hour of night game. Its actually a short time, du Plessis said.But a significant part of the second session will be played in the twilight period when it is said to be most difficult to bat. South Africa have tried to downplay the twilight period and are taking inspiration from Quinton de Kock, who scored 122 in the first warm-up and felt so comfortable that he didnt play the second.The beauty of Quinton de Kock and the way he plays is the simplicity he gave with that answer about the pink ball. Its just another ball. Someone asked him about batting at dusk, he said it was the easiest time to bat. So thats the sort of attitude we are going into it with, Russell Domingo, South Africas coach, said. Its just another cricket ball. It might be a different colour. Its just another cricket pitch. They have all played under lights before. Were not too concerned whether its pink, white or red at the moment. We just want to play the Test match.The ball aside, South Africa are also looking forward to the match because it presents them with the opportunity to make history. After achieving a third successive Test series win in Australia, they have the opportunity to become the only team to whitewash Australia 3-0 at home. Several South African players have called a 3-nil scoreline, their mission.Despite the attention on the ball-tampering claims, South Africa still consider themselves to have the advantage because of the state of the Australian team. Their XI has five changes from the Hobart Test, including three debutants, and du Plessis did not hide the satisfaction he is getting from seeing Australia in strife.When you see all the changes they are making now, that brings pleasure to me as a captain to see that what we are doing is creating something in the Australian team that they feel they need to change. If I was sitting in that team, a lot of changes means you are trying to change everything in your team. Id rather be sitting on my side, du Plessis said.His coach was more cautious and warned that Australia wont go down without a fight, especially in a match this important. I dont think there has ever been an Australian team that has just given up or been easy to beat, Domingo said. We know they will be desperate to do well and get their cricket going again. ' ' '

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