MIAMI, FLA. -- Just days after being written off, the Miami Heat are now just one win away from the NBA's Eastern Conference performance following a near-perfect performance against the Indiana Pacers.
The Heat pounded the Pacers in game five 115-83.
Lebron James almost had a triple-double, scoring 30 points, pulling down ten rebounds and dishing out eight assists. Dwyane Wade scored 28 points and Shane Battier added 13.
The game was physical with officials calling a total of three fragrant fouls in the game. Miami's Dexter Pittman and Udonis Haslem were each assessed technicals as was Indiana's Tyler Hansbrough.
The Pacers were short-handed due to an ankle injury to Danny Granger. David West also left the game with a knee sprain.
Game six is scheduled for Thursday in Indianapolis.
In other state sports news:
The Tampa Bay Rays won at Tropicana Field, Tuesday night, beating the Toronto Blue Jays 8-5. Carlos Pena was 2-for-5 from the plate with three RBI. Pena belted a three run homer in the fourth. Rays rookie Matt Moore had another disappointing start, giving up four earned runs on three hits. Moore was pulled in the fifth inning. Tampa Bay Would use four relievers to get the win.
The Miami Marlins also won at home Tuesday night, beating the Colorado Rockies 7-6. Hanley Ramirez batted 3-for-5 on the night with a pair of RBI. Ricky Nolasco was good enough, giving up four earned runs on eight hits in six innings of work. Nolasco also hit a two-run double in the third. The Marlins held off an eighth inning rally to outlast the Rockies.
The 2012 Southeastern Conference Baseball Tournament is underway in Hoover, AL. The Florida Gators began their tournament run with a 6-1 win over the Auburn Tigers. Sophomore right-hander Jonathon Crawford struck out a career high nine batters and Justin Shafer was 2-for-4 and drove in three runs. The Gators improve to 6-2 all time against Auburn in the SEC Tournament.