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NBA: Holders Heat rout Pacers to keep East's top seeding in sight

Published on Apr 12, 2014 3:16 PM

MIAMI (AFP) - The National Basketball Association (NBA) champions Miami Heat routed the Indiana Pacers 98-86 on Friday to position themselves to nab the No.1 seed in the Eastern Conference play-offs.

LeBron James scored a game-high 36 points, and while the Heat have not locked up the top seed, they control their own fate with three games remaining in the regular season against the Atlanta Hawks, Washington Wizards and Philadelphia 76ers.

"I would love to see us play with this identity, to our identity, (Saturday) night," was Heat coach Erik Spoelstra's only comment on the seedings race.

"If we do that," Spoelstra said, "the results take care of themselves."

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