NBA Recap: Pacers weather 38 points from LeBron James in close win

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Pacers 84, Heat 83

The Indiana Pacers won a physical, low-scoring game over the Miami Heat, that had all of the atmosphere of the likely Eastern Conference Finals preview.

LeBron James scored 38 points in the loss, and committed six turnovers. Dwyane Wade was the only other Heat player in double figures, with 15, but he also turned it over six times.

The Pacers shot just 37 percent in the game, but got a lift from 26 points off of 19 Miami turnovers.

Paul George had 23 in the win, and Roy Hibbert scored 17 of his 21 points in the first half. 

The Pacers' Lance Stephenson was ejected after a fourth quarter exchange with Wade.

Indian has now won two of the three match-ups between the teams this year, with the Pacers at the Heat for their final regular season meeting on April 11.

Indiana now has a three game stranglehold on the top spot in the east, over second place Miami, with just 10 games remaining for Indiana, and 12 left for the Heat.

Bobcats 116, Nets 111 (OT)

Al Jefferson had another monster night with 35 points and 15 rebounds as the Bobcats beat the Nets in overtime.

Jefferson has now topped 30 points and 10 boards in the same game nine times this season, and is averaging 24.7 points and 10.5 rebounds on 56 percent shooting over the month of March.

Jefferson's push to make an All-NBA team has lifted the Bobcats to six wins in their last nine games, an Charlotte is just three games back of the Nets for the fifth spot in the east.

For Brooklyn, Deron Williams had 29 points, including 18 in a hot first quarter.

Mirza Teletovic had 22 points off the bench, and was 6-of-12 from three point range.

Cavaliers 97, Pistons 96

Dion Waiters capped a furious Cavs rally, hitting a contested jump shot at the buzzer to win the game. 

The Pistons had an 82-66 lead at the beginning of the fourth quarter, but Cleveland shot 58 percent in the final frame, and held Detroit to just 33 percent shooting in the fourth.

Waiters had 18 points, and Australian rookie Matthew Delladova led the Cavs with a career-high 21 points.

Josh Smith had 24 points and eight rebounds in the losing effort for the Pistons.

Suns 99, Wizards 93

Goran Dragic led the way for Phoenix with 25 points, seven rebounds, and six assists, as the Suns pulled even with the Dallas Mavericks for the eighth and final playoff spot in the west. 

The Suns are closing strongly, having won seven of eight, as they make a push to get back in the playoffs for the first time since 2010, when they lost in the west finals to the Lakers.

John Wall had 29 in the loss for the Wizards who occupy the six-spot in the east, just a game and a half ahead of the Charlotte Bobcats.

Raptors 99, Celtics 90

All five Toronto starters were in double figures, led by 24 points from Terrence Ross. Kyle Lowry had 23 and nine rebounds, and Jonas Valanciunas had a double double, with 15 points and 16 boards in the win.

Toronto led by 15 after three quarters, and withstood a late push from the Celtics, led by Jared Sullinger.

Sullinger had 19 of his game-high 26 points in the fourth quarter, including 3-of-3 from beyond the arc.

Toronto is tied with Chicago at 40-31 for the three-seed in the eastern conference.

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Toronto Raptors
Washington Wizards
Dwyane Wade
New Jersey Nets
Boston Celtics
Cleveland Cavaliers
Phoenix Suns
LeBron James
Indiana Pacers
Charlotte Bobcats
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