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Pacers top Heat, even series

David West had 16 points and 10 rebounds and George Hill 15 points as the Indiana Pacers took home-court advantage away from Miami by beating the host Heat, 78-75, tying the Eastern Conference best-of-seven semifinal series at one game each last night.

LeBron James scored 28 points and Dwyane Wade 24 for Miami, but both missed big chances for the Heat late. James missed two free throws with 54.3 seconds left and Miami down one, and Wade was short on a layup that would have tied the score with 16 seconds left.

Mario Chalmers' three-point shot that could have tied it bounced away on the final play.

Playing without injured Chris Bosh, the Heat was outrebounded, 50-40.

Spurs 108, Clippers 92: Tim Duncan had 26 points and 10 rebounds to lead the host Spurs in the opening game of the Western Conference semifinals. Manu Ginobili added 22 points for the Spurs, who've won 15 in a row.

Rose could miss next season

Derrick Rose faces a recovery of eight months to a year following knee surgery. The assessment by Dr. Brian Cole means the Chicago Bulls' star point guard could return around Feb. 1 or miss next season. The doctor said there is a chance that Rose could be back sooner, but "we're not going to rush it."

Irving named top rookie

Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving was named the NBA's Rookie of the Year, winning the award with the same ease as he dribbled past defenders this season. Irving received 117 of 120 possible first-place votes from a nationwide media panel of writers and broadcasters. Irving finished with 592 points, way ahead of Minnesota's Ricky Rubio (170) and Denver's Kenneth Faried (129), who was third. Faried, San Antonio's Kawhi Leonard and the Knicks' Iman Shumpert received the other first-place votes.-- AP


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