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NBA: Heat seek three-peat but Spurs, Pacers are top seeds as play-offs start

Published on Apr 18, 2014 4:58 PM

WASHINGTON (AFP) - LeBron James and his Miami Heat team-mates seek their third title in a row and fourth consecutive trip to the NBA Finals starting with their play-off opener on Sunday against Charlotte.

But it will be the league-best San Antonio Spurs and Eastern Conference pace-setter Indiana that carry the top seedings and home-court edges throughout the National Basketball Association post-season that begin on Saturday.

Attention will focus on four-time NBA Most Valuable Player James and Miami's bid to defend the crown once again. And while Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh need strong supporting roles, there is no doubt James must excel for Miami to have any real chance.

"We need him to be a monster for us," Miami's Shane Battier said. "As long as he has the edge to his game, that's what we need. That gives us the best chance of winning. I think he's close."

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