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Heat close on finals berth

The Miami Heat remained on course to reach the NBA Finals for a fourth successive year after beating the Indiana Pacers 102-90.

LeBron James, inevitably, had a huge influence in the victory with a game-high 32 points and 10 rebounds to help two-time defending NBA champions Miami move to within one win of returning to the Finals.

Chris Bosh added 25 points and six rebounds for the Heat at AmericanAirlines Arena, while for the Pacers Paul George led their scorers with 23 points and David West contributed 20 points and 12 rebounds.