Pacers Pummel Heat, Spurs Thrash Clippers in NBA Playoff Series

The Indiana Pacers handed the Miami Heat a 94-75 mauling while the San Antonio Spurs routed the Los Angeles Clippers 105-88 to lead their National Basketball Association second-round playoff series.

George Hill scored 20 points, Roy Hibbert had 19 points and 18 rebounds, Danny Granger contributed 17 points and David West had 14 last night for the Pacers, who have a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference series.

Mario Chalmers led the Heat with 25 points. LeBron James had 22 points while Dwyane Wade managed five points after going 2-for-13 from the floor.

The teams return to Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis on May 20 for Game 4.

The series winner will play the Boston Celtics or Philadelphia 76ers for a place in the NBA Finals. That series resumes tonight in Philadelphia with Boston leading 2-1 in games.

At AT&T Center in San Antonio, Tony Parker had 22 points and Tim Duncan had 18 for the Spurs, who lead the series two games to none.

Blake Griffin had 20 points and Randy Foye added 11 for the Clippers, who host Game 3 tomorrow.

Tonight, the Los Angeles Lakers host the Oklahoma City Thunder, who have a 2-0 advantage in their series. They will play the Spurs or Clippers for the Western Conference championship.

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