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Heat offense puts away Pacers 114-96 in Game 3

Monday - 5/27/2013, 1:08am  ET

Miami Heat's LeBron James, right, is defended by Indiana Pacers' Sam Young during the first half of Game 3 of the NBA Eastern Conference basketball finals in Indianapolis, Sunday, May 26, 2013. (AP Photo/Nam H. Huh)

MICHAEL MAROT
AP Sports Writer

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- The Indiana Pacers thought they had everything covered Sunday night.

Then, suddenly, Paul George found himself defending the post against LeBron James.

It didn't work out so well.

By moving James to the post, the Heat won the scoring battle in the paint, kept Indiana at arm's length and pulled away for a 114-96 victory and a 2-1 lead in the Eastern Conference finals.

"It's different for me," George said. "I've never really been in that position this year really, guarding guys on the post, so I've just got to learn how to make sure I use my tools and my weapons down there."

The Pacers and their sellout crowd expected a far better performance two nights after Indiana had pulled off a stunning upset at Miami to the tie best-of-seven series.

Fans, poised to party on the biggest sports weekend in Indy, wore blue and white shirts creating a checkered flag look in the stands just 5
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