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Last updated on Thursday, May 24, 2012
(INDIANAPOLIS) - The Indiana Pacers will try to prolong their season tonight as they host the Miami Heat in Game Six of their NBA Eastern Conference semifinal series.
The Heat took a three-games-to-two lead in the best-of-seven series with their 115-83 blowout win in Game Five Tuesday night in Miami.
LeBron James and Dwyane Wade have taken over the series, combining to score 70 points in Game Four and 58 points in Game Five.
With a Miami win tonight, the Heat advance to the Eastern Conference Finals. A Pacers win will force a decisive Game Seven Saturday night in South Florida.
The Heat will be without center Dexter Pittman and forward Udonis Haslem for tonight's Game Six. Pittman, Haslem and Pacers forward Tyler Hansborugh had their level-one flagrant fouls from Game Five elevated to flagrant twos by NBA Vice President of Basketball Operations Stu Jackson.
Jackson suspended Pittman for three games for his elbow to the neck and shoulders of Indiana guard Lance Stephenson. Haslem received a one-game ban for his retaliatory blow to the head of Hansbrough. Earlier Hansbrough received a flagrant foul against Miami's Dwyane Wade. Hansbrough was not suspended.
Danny Granger's availability for tonight's game with the Heat remains up in the air. Granger suffered a sprained left ankle in Tuesday's loss in Miami. He did not participate in the Pacers' Wednesday practice in Miami but says he wants to play tonight.
David West says he will be available for Game Six. West left Wednesday's loss after suffering a sprain to his left knee.
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