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George leads Pacers to vital win

Paul George kept the Indiana Pacers in with a shot of reaching the NBA finals by scoring 37 points in a 93-90 victory over the Miami Heat.

Delighting the home crowd, George got 21 of his points haul in the fourth quarter to fend off a Miami fightback.

The game looked to be lost for Miami when they trailed 77-66, but the visiting team battled back to 81-81 only for George to intervene, making two three-point shots that nudged the Pacers ahead decisively.

Victory cut Miami's lead to 3-2 in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference finals series, with the Pacers travelling to the American Airlines Arena for Friday's sixth game.

Miami will hope LeBron James has a better night in front of a home crowd, after he scored just seven points for his first single-figure score in a game since June 2011.

Pacers coach Frank Vogel said, according to nba.com: "I thought our whole team had a little bit of a yellow-light mentality and got hesitant a little bit when we got down.

"My message to the whole team was the light needs to be on green for all of us. You need to go. You need to attack. You need to be aggressive. Paul took it and ran with it to a crazy level."