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Things worked out fine from the Pacers' perspective. They pulled out an 84-83 victory and lead Miami by three games in the race for first in the NBA's Eastern Conference. But they need to avoid that situation in the future, beginning with Friday's game at Washington. "I definitely can't do things that cost us games and let my teammates down," Stephenson said. "I'm a big factor to the team. Getting kicked out of the game last night was my fault and not being a pro." Indianapolis Star

"I hope it's a turning point," Indiana coach Frank Vogel said. Vogel was disappointed in Stephenson's actions on Wednesday, but he said after Thursday's practice he's been pleased with his response since. "I think he's very, very contrite," Vogel said. "He understands his importance to our team and felt very badly about letting his teammates down." Indianapolis Star

The problem: James also had six turnovers, Wade had six more turnovers and Miami managed only one basket over the final 3 minutes, 23 seconds. James and Bosh both missed late jumpers that would have given Miami the lead, the last an airball by Bosh from just right of the top of the key as time expired. "Unfortunately, that was what I diagramed," coach Erik Spoelstra said. "It probably wasn't the best call. It might have been a little too gunslinger on my part. I just wanted an open shot." ESPN.com

Later, it was Evan Turner, the trade deadline acquisition, who delivered two of Indiana's biggest baskets of the night. The first came after James' final turnover, on a breakaway layup. The second came courtesy of Mario Chalmers' turnover out of bounds. When the middle of the court opened up, Turner bolted through a clear path for an 81-80 lead with 90 seconds to go. "I know how to get my space, I've been doing that forever, you know what I mean?" Turner said, likely adding another spark to a rivalry that needs none. "Some of my moves I've been doing since I was a little kid, so I can walk a pretty fine line when it comes to that." ESPN.com

Scott Agness: David West said they addressed Stephenson’s emotions as a group postgame. “He’s just got to mature. He’s got to put his big boy pants on." Twitter

LeBron James was called for a Flagrant I foul on an offensive foul against Roy Hibbert. James’ elbow hit Hibbert in the jaw and sent him to the locker room for examination. [James, on that play: “I made a basketball jump. If I could jump in the air, elbow somebody in the face in the air and still try to finish a play, I must be a Kung Fu master or something. His face happened to hit my elbow or my elbow happened to hit his face.”] Palm Beach Post

Indiana reserve Ian Mahinmi took James down from behind on a drive to the basket. Somewhere in that crash, James took a hit to the nose and began bleeding. He broke his nose in late February at Oklahoma City and was unsure how much damage was done to it tonight. “Our guys are getting punched in the face, man,” Chris Bosh said. “We’re getting punched in the face and clotheslined out there and we’re getting two shots and then we get an offensive foul call and it’s a flagrant. I guess maybe we need to really decipher what flagrant means because I don’t feel like they were going for the ball in plenty of situations. “If you can come down and clothesline somebody, it’s open season and people are gonna get hurt. I don’t know. We’re gonna have to revisit what flagrant foul means. They had one and we had none even though LeBron got punched in the face and clotheslined. I guess it was a play on the ball.” Palm Beach Post

March 26, 2014 Updates

As the Miami Heat prepare to take over Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indiana Pacers forward Paul George reiterated Wednesday night's importance in locking down the top seed in the Eastern Conference and securing home-court advantage. "We want to be able to play Game 7 on our floor," George said. "Having the best record proves that we play well here and we could get four games out of a series, we'd love that." USA Today Sports

"I mean it's going to be tough regardless," George said. "We're not saying it's going to be easy because we've got home-court advantage. It's going to be tough. We're going to probably have to win a game on their floor," George said, looking ahead. "Not to say that we can't go there and steal a game as well, it's just going to be a little tougher." USA Today Sports

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Three of the top four players are from the team's ABA era. All but the dead-eye shooter at No. 1.

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