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                === Pacers down Heat in rematch of 2013 ECF ===
 
 Indianapolis,  IN  (SportsNetwork.com) -  Roy Hibbert is  still having his way
 against the Miami Heat.
 
 Hibbert  had  24 points and the  Indiana Pacers overcame a 13-point first half
 deficit  to defeat  the  Heat 90-84  on  Tuesday  night in  a  rematch of  the
 Eastern Conference finals.
 
 The  two teams, who have raced out to the two best records in the East so far,
 met  for the first time since the Heat won that back-and-forth series in seven
 games.  Hibbert  averaged 22.1  points and 10.4  rebounds. Miami also defeated
 Indiana in six games in the 2012 East semis.
 
 Swarmed  by Miami  Heat defenders  for  much of  the first  half, Paul  George
 struggled but remained patient.
 
 His composure was rewarded.
 
 George  had five turnovers, two points and missed all four of his shots in the
 first  half, but netted  15 of his 17 points on 4-of-7 shooting over the final
 24 minutes.
 
 "The  biggest  difference in Paul  (George) I think  is confidence. He has the
 confidence  of being  the go-to-guy, knowing that  he's the guy that has to go
 out and do it every night," Heat forward LeBron James said of George.
 
 David  West added 17  points and nine rebounds for Indiana, which came off its
 worst  performance of the season in a 118-94 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder
 on Sunday night by beating the Heat at home for a fourth straight time.
 
 The triumph moved Indiana to an NBA-best 19-3.
 
 James  netted 17  points to go with  14 rebounds and six assists for the Heat,
 who  have  dropped  three  of  their  last five.  Dwyane  Wade  scored  17  in
 defeat.
 
 The  Heat  didn't trail  in the  first half and  led 53-47  early in the third
 before the Pacers scored 11 of the next 15 points to take their first lead.
 
 Hibbert's  second three-point play of the frame gave Indiana a 58-57 edge with
 6:12  remaining and  two free throws and  a bucket by George over the next few
 minutes pushed the margin to 62-57.
 
 Miami never led again.
 
 "I  wish we didn't have to rely on the third quarter. We didn't play that well
 in the first half but we were only down seven," Hibbert said.
 
 The  Pacers, who got a pair of triples and 12 points from George in the third,
 took a 68-64 advantage into the fourth.
 
 Wade's  pull-up jumper  whittled the deficit to 70-68 early in the stanza, but
 Hibbert  had  five points during a  12-6 swing to  up the margin to 82-74 with
 4:59 left.
 
 A  bit later, James  airballed a three from the top of the arc with Miami down
 five  and West drove down the left baseline for a tough layup to make it 88-81
 with 38.9 ticks on the clock.
 
 Earlier,  Miami, which used a 13-2 run in the opening quarter to help the Heat
 build a 30-19 gap after a quarter of play, led 47-40 at the break.
 
 Indiana committed 13 of its 21 turnovers in the first half.
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Indiana  shot 50.7 percent (34-of-67) from the field ... The Heat were 4-of-21
 (19  percent)  from beyond  the arc  ... Indiana  outrebounded Miami 43-33 ...
 Miami's Chris Bosh had 12 points.
 
 
 12/11 01:27:20 ET