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How the Pacers have tied the Heat

Updated: May 30, 2013, 11:26 AM ET
By Kevin Pelton | ESPN Insider

Entering tonight's pivotal Game 5, the Miami Heat and the Indiana Pacers have played to a draw in the Eastern Conference finals. Each team could point to the outcome of the close games in the series and say it could be up 3-1, but the scoreboard tells the tale: In the four games, they're separated by a total of just eight points, in Miami's favor. Given the Heat entered this series having won 45 of their previous 48 games, a 2-2 series qualifies as surprising. Here's how the Pacers have done it -- and how Miami might be able to retake control.


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