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Basketball: Pacers draw first blood in their showdown with defending NBA champs Heat

Published on May 19, 2014 10:28 AM

(AFP) - Paul George racked up 24 points and six assists as the Indiana Pacers pounded reigning NBA champions Miami 107-96 Sunday in the opening game of their Eastern Conference final series.

The Pacers started quickly by draining six of their first seven three-point attempts en route to a wire-to-wire victory to begin the best-of-seven series against the two-time defending National Basketball Association champions.

"We have been struggling in the opening games of playoff series at home," George said. "If we were to lose the first game against a great club like the Miami Heat it would have made this a very long series.

"We came out with a great urgency to get this one."

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