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Pacers stay alive
with 93-90 Game
5 win over Heat
scored 31 of his 37 points in the second
half, including 21 in the fourth quarter,
and almost single-handedly kept the
Indiana Pacers alive in the NBA s East-
ern Conference finals with a 93-90
victory over the Miami Heat on
The Pacers still trail 3-2 in the best-
of-seven series. Game 6 will be played
tonight in Miami.
It took a frantic effort just to extend
the series, even with the foul-plagued
LeBron James held to just seven points
in 23 minutes.
Chris Bosh led the Heat with 20
points, but missed a potential go-ahead
three-pointer in the closing seconds.
Indiana turned a 50-41 deficit into
a 64-57 lead after three quarters, then
led by as many as 11 in the fourth.
Miami s last-ditch rally made it 91-
90 with 16 seconds to go, but Indiana
managed to hold on to force a Game
6. George s 21 fourth-quarter points
were the most ever scored in one quar-
ter of a playoff match against Miami.
The previous best was 20 by the Bulls
Michael Jordan in May 1997.
"We just played. Our backs are
against the wall right now so that s all
we can do," George said.
"We were in a position that if we
lost this game, we re going home so I
think that was in the backs of every-
body s minds."
David West added 19 points for the
Pacers and Roy Hibbert had 10 points
and 13 rebounds.
Miami will now try to clinch its
fourth straight Eastern Conference title
The Pacers played like a desperate
team trying to save their season. They
chased shooters all over the floor, ran
down loose balls, even put themselves
in harm s way.
Lance Stephenson appeared to hurt
his left shoulder in the third quarter
after a hard fall and still finished the
game. Until George came alive in the
second half, it looked like the Heat
would close out the series with a fourth
But unlike Game 2, when the Pacers
couldn t stop Dwyane Wade and James
late, the Pacers fended off the closing
charge from the two-time defending
George s incredible ability to hit big
shot after big shot and a defence that
refused to give the lead away late even-
tually saved the Pacers, and only after
they twice failed to take advantage of
James absence in the first half.
The Pacers finally figured it out mid-
way through the third. "I just felt it.
I felt in rhythm. I had to be aggressive,"
George said. "I tried to come out and
be aggressive to start this game off and
I was getting looks. I got hot." (AP)
Indiana Pacers forward Paul George dunks against the Miami Heat during the second half of Game 5 of the
NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals in Indianapolis, on Wednesday. AP PHOTO
3 stadiums worry FIFA
after final inspections
SAO PAULO---FIFA secretary gen-
eral Jerome Valcke expressed his con-
cern about three of the 12 World Cup
stadiums during his final inspection
of host cities.
During a two-week trip that ended
yesterday, Valcke sent warnings to
organisers in Natal, Porto Alegre and
Sao Paulo, which will host the World
Cup s opening match in two weeks.
He said it was a "race against the
clock" in Natal and there was a lot "yet
to be done" in Porto Alegre.
In Sao Paulo, FIFA requested a second
test event at the delayed Itaquerao Sta-
dium that will host the Brazil-Croatia
opener on June 12.
Valcke said he was pleased with the
work underway in the other nine host
cities, including Curitiba, which earlier
this year was nearly excluded from the
tournament because of chronic delays.
Valcke s final stop yesterday was in
the northeastern city of Salvador, where
he said there was "no time to waste"
but praised the commitment of local
organisers to make sure everything will
be ready in time.
The match in Salvador on June 13
will be a much-anticipated rematch of
the 2010 final, when Spain beat the
Netherlands for the title in South Africa.
Also yesterday, Salvador officials
announced they reached a deal guar-
anteeing the organisation of its fanfest,
the FIFA-required event that allows
fans to watch matches on large screens
for free in public areas.
Salvador had been among the cities
yet to announce its plans for the event.
Another was Recife, which Valcke also
Organisers there said they were still
looking for private partners to promote
the event without having to spend pub-
Valcke said he was pleased with the
work at Recife s Arena Pernambuco,
saying it was "on track for hosting"
"Installations are taking shape really
well here," he said.
The Arena Pernambuco was one the
six stadiums built for last year s Con-
federations Cup, the World Cup warm-
up tournament. FIFA wanted the other
six venues completed by the end of
2013, but none met the deadline.
One of the stadiums that wasn t
ready in time was the Arena das Dunas
in Natal, which Valcke visited on
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