Basketball: Pacers get closer to play-off berth with dramatic double-overtime win

INDIANAPOLIS (AFP) - The Indiana Pacers moved one game closer to a National Basketball Association play-off berth on Tuesday with a dramatic 99-95 double-overtime triumph over the Washington Wizards.

C.J. Miles scored 25 points and George Hill flirted with a triple-double, delivering 24 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds for the Pacers.

Indiana moved a game in front of the Brooklyn Nets for the eighth and final Eastern Conference play-off berth.

The Pacers will reach the post-season with a win at Memphis, or if Brooklyn lose to Orlando on the final night of the regular season on Wednesday.

David West had 15 points and eight rebounds in the Pacers' sixth straight win, which officially spelt the end of the Miami Heat's slim play-off hopes.

The Heat, who made it to the NBA finals in each of the last four seasons and won it all in two of those years, will miss the post-season for the first time since 2008.

The Wizards, already assured of the fifth seed in the East, played their starters anyway.