INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Paul George scored 31 of his 37 points in the second half Wednesday night and almost single-handedly kept the Indiana Pacers alive in the Eastern Conference finals with a 93-90 victory over the Miami Heat.
The Pacers still trail 3-2 in the best-of-seven series. Game 6 will be played Friday night in Miami.
It took a frantic effort just to extend the series, even with the foul-plagued LeBron James held to just seven points in 23 minutes. Chris Bosh led the Heat with 20 points and missed a potential go-ahead 3-pointer in the closing seconds.
Indiana turned a 50-41 deficit into a 64-57 lead after three, then led by as much as 11 in the fourth. But Miami's last-ditch rally made it 91-90 with 16 seconds to go before Indiana held on.
Miami failed to clinch its fourth straight Eastern Conference title.
The Pacers played like a desperate team trying to save their season. They chased shooters all over the floor, ran down loose balls, even put themselves in harm's way. Lance Stephenson appeared to hurt his left shoulder in the third quarter after a hard fall and still finished the game.
But hard falls and tough plays were a theme all night for a team that had been roundly criticized for its lack of effort in Monday night's loss.
"We just played. Our backs are against the wall right now so that's all we can do," George said. "We were in a position that if we lost this game, we're going home so I think that was in the back of everybody's minds."
Until George amped it up in the second half, it looked like the Heat would close out the series with a fourth straight win.
But unlike Game 2, when the Pacers couldn't stop Dwyane Wade and James late, the Pacers fended off the closing charge from the two-time defending champs -- barely.
Western Conference finals
CHICAGO -- Michal Handzus scored at 2:04 of the second overtime, and the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Los Angeles Kings 5-4 in Game 5 on Wednesday night to stay alive in the Western Conference final.
Brandon Saad made a nice pass to the middle to Handzus, who beat goalie Jonathan Quick with a backhander for his second goal of the playoffs. Handzus celebrated by jumping against boards behind the net as the sellout crowd of 21,871 roared.
Saad had a goal and two assists for the defending Stanley Cup champs. Patrick Kane set a playoff career high with four assists.
Game 6 is Friday night in Los Angeles.