Paul George went into desperation mode to salvage the Indiana Pacers' season.

It was barely good enough.

The 24-year-old All-Star scored 21 of his 37 points in the fourth quarter and inspired Indiana to fend off Miami's late challenges as the host Pacers staved off playoff elimination with a 93-90 Game 5 victory on Wednesday night.

"My message to the whole team was the light needs to be on green for all of us," coach Frank Vogel said. "You need to go, you need to attack, you need to be aggressive. Paul took it and ran with it and took it to a crazy level."

The most crucial shooting performance of George's career allowed the Pacers to climb within 3-2 in the Eastern Conference finals and postponed Miami's fourth straight coronation as conference champs. Game 6 is Friday in Miami.

It took everything in George's repertoire to get it done. He was 12 of 19 from the field in the second half, finished with six rebounds, six steals, five 3-pointers and only three turnovers in 45 minutes.

But the Pacers also needed everything else to go right.

Four-time MVP LeBron James was limited to 24 minutes because of foul trouble. He finished with a career playoff-low seven points, two rebounds and four assists. The Heat committed 17 turnovers, compared to just 12 for the usually turnover-prone Pacers, and Indiana had a 45-38 rebounding edge, too.

The biggest difference was George, whose 21 fourth-quarter points were the most scored against Miami in any playoff quarter. The previous record, 20, was set by Michael Jordan in May 1997.


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Chris Bosh scored 20 points, and Dwyane Wade and Rashard Lewis each had 18 for the Heat, which made 15 of 31 3-pointers.

Bosh missed a 3-point try with 4.9 seconds left that would have given Miami the lead.

Spurs: San Antonio center Tiago Splitter was fined $5,000 by the NBA for violating anti-flopping rules during Game 4 of the Western Conference finals.

Splitter was fined for a play in the second quarter of Spurs' 105-92 loss at Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday night.

The series is tied 2-2. Game 5 is Thursday night in San Antonio.

Clippers: Shelly Sterling was reviewing bids from five groups interested in buying the Los Angeles Clippers, a person with knowledge of the negotiations told The Associated Press.

The individual, who wasn't authorized to speak publicly about the deal, said if an agreement to sell is reached before next Tuesday, the league's owners wouldn't meet in New York to vote on terminating Donald Sterling's ownership.

The Los Angeles Times reported that one of the groups includes Bruce Karsh, who currently is a part owner of the Warriors.