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Pacers' Tuesday victory eliminates Heat from NBA playoffs

Pacers' Tuesday victory eliminates Heat from NBA playoffs

The end. After four consecutive trips to the NBA Finals, the Miami Heat will miss the playoffs for the first time since 2008. The Indiana Pacers, the team that tried and failed to knock the Heat out of the postseason the past three years, finally accomplished the feat Tuesday night with their double-overtime victory over the Washington Wizards at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Going into Tuesday, the only scenario that would have delivered the Heat to the postseason for a seventh consecutive year required the Pacers to lose their final two games (they also play Wednesday on the road against the Memphis Grizzlies), the Heat to win Wednesday on the road against the Philadelphia 76ers, and...

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