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June 11, 2013 | Associated Press
SAN ANTONIO - Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili sat in mostly stunned silence, all that playoff experience not preparing them for how they felt after two games. They were satisfied, yet shaken. The San Antonio Spurs had taken home-court advantage away from the Miami Heat, but then the reigning champions took them apart. So as they prepared to bring the NBA Finals back home for the first time in 7 years, the veterans struggled with how they were supposed to sum up their situation.
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March 27, 2013 | By John N. Mitchell, Inquirer Staff Writer
SALT LAKE CITY - If the Miami Heat keep streaking - they have won 27 straight - they could tie the NBA record by beating the 76ers on April 6. The record of 33 straight wins was set by the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers. Sixers coach Doug Collins believes that the Heat are good enough to break the record. "Sure they can," Collins said Monday. "They have been pulling rabbits out of their hat lately, but they are in a rhythm. "Absolutely, they could do it. They have great players, a great coach, they defend every night and they have championship players like Ray Allen and Shane Battier coming off their bench.
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May 7, 2013
Nate Robinson scored 27 points, Jimmy Butler added 21 points and 14 rebounds while playing every second for the third consecutive game, and the Chicago Bulls stunned the host Miami Heat, 93-86, on Monday night to take Game 1 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series. Trailing by 86-83 with two minutes to go, the Bulls scored the final 10 points of the game to beat the Heat. Joakim Noah added 13 points and Taj Gibson had 12 for Chicago, which snapped a 27-game Miami winning streak during the regular season and handed the Heat their first loss in their last 13 games in this one. Marco Bellinelli scored 10 points for the Bulls after being fined $15,000 by the NBA for making an obscene gesture in the fourth quarter of Saturday night's win at Brooklyn.
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May 29, 2013
Roy Hibbert collected 23 points and 12 rebounds, Lance Stephenson added 20 points, and the Indiana Pacers charged back late in Indianapolis to beat the Miami Heat, 99-92, on Tuesday night and tie the Eastern Conference finals at two games apiece. LeBron James led the Heat with 24 points before fouling out with 56 seconds to go. Mario Chalmers had 20 points on a night the defending NBA champions failed to take command of the series. The Heat will host Game 5 on Thursday.   Suns hire Hornacek Phoenix hired Jeff Hornacek, 50, who played the first six of his 14 NBA seasons with the Suns.
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February 16, 2013
LeBron James had 39 points, 12 rebounds, and seven assists, and the Miami Heat trampled the host Oklahoma City Thunder, 110-100, in a Thursday night showcase before the all-star break. Chris Bosh chipped in 20 points and 12 rebounds as the Heat won their sixth straight against the Thunder dating to last year's NBA Finals. Miami swept the season series after winning on its home court on Christmas Day, following up after taking the last four games of the Finals. James was in position to continue his record run of games with at least 30 points and 60 percent shooting to seven, but missed from beyond the three-point line as the shot clock ran down with just over a minute left.
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April 15, 2013
Carmelo Anthony scored 25 points on 9-for-23 shooting against the rugged Indiana defense on Sunday, and the New York Knicks clinched the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference with a 90-80 victory over the visiting Pacers. The Knicks will host seventh-seeded Boston next weekend. New York is guaranteed the home-court advantage for the first two rounds of the playoffs after finishing a distant second to Miami in the conference. Anthony didn't play in the fourth quarter, ending his streak of 30-point games at seven, after he bruised his left shoulder when he was fouled by Sam Young in the third.
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February 4, 2012 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
If Friday's game at the Wells Fargo Center was a yardstick game for the 76ers, a way to compare their 16-6 record with the 16-6 record of the Miami Heat, then the night didn't turn out to be very encouraging. If it was merely a test to see if they could still stay with one of the best teams in the league, the team that bounced them from the postseason last year, then there were a few more positives. After watching how far the Sixers have come under Doug Collins, everyone agrees their glass is half-full now. But after getting shrugged off by the Heat, 99-79, it's also clear that it is still just half a glass.
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April 22, 2011
I'M JUST NOT sure how much more you can ask of the 76ers than what they gave last night at the Wells Fargo Center. Coming home with a 2-0 deficit in their Eastern Conference playoff series, they responded exactly the way a young and seemingly overmatched team would against an opponent as formidable as the Miami Heat. You wanted passion. The Sixers displayed it. You wanted heart. The Sixers bled theirs out. You wanted determination, courage, fight, composure, toughness.
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April 24, 2010 | Daily News Wire Services
Paul Pierce demanded the ball for the last shot. The Boston Celtics were rewarded. And the much-anticipated offseason of 2010 is closer than the Miami Heat ever wanted. Pierce's 21-foot jumper at the buzzer - with injured Heat star Dwyane Wade watching helplessly from the bench - gave the visiting Celtics a 100-98 win over Miami in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference first-round playoff series last night. Boston leads the best-of-seven 3-0, and will go for the sweep tomorrow afternoon in Miami.
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December 12, 2005 | Daily News Wire Services
Playing for the first time in 5 weeks, Shaquille O'Neal came through in the clutch - and at the free throw line, of all places. The NBA's most notoriously erratic foul shooter sank the second of two tries with a second left in regulation to force overtime, and the Miami Heat ended a four-game losing streak by beating visiting Washington, 104-101, last night. Coming off the bench in his first action since a sprained right ankle sidelined him Nov. 3, O'Neal finished with 10 points and 11 rebounds, four in overtime.
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