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Fox Sports Florida:
MIAMI -- The Miami Heat have found some new motivation against the Indiana Pacers. Or at least Dwyane Wade believes they have.
In his press conference after Tuesday's 78-75 Game 2 East semifinal loss to the Pacers, the Heat guard was asked about Game 3 Thursday at Indiana. But he still wanted to talk about Game 2.
"I heard they wanted to be like the Dallas Mavericks, in a sense," Wade said about an apparent reference to Pacers coach Frank Vogel using last year's team that beat the Heat in Miami for the title as motivation for his team. "I saw their little celebration at the end of that game. I don't know if they didn't expect to win but every night we go out on the court, we expect to win."
Wade then was asked about the celebration but didn't elaborate on what specifically irritated him.
"They say their identity, they say they want to like Dallas," Wade said. "So they celebrated like Dallas, I guess."
Told about what Wade said, Pacers guard Paul George said he didn't see anything wrong with what his team did after the game.
"If that's what he wants to fuel this loss, they should come out just the fact that we came here and took a win from them," George told FOX Sports Florida. "But we won this like we weren't surprised. We won it, and went right to the locker room."
George said Wade was just looking for something to motivate his team.
"I think it's an excuse," George said just before the team departed. "We won this game fair and square. We walked off and went to the locker room and now we're ready to get out of here... It's the same way when they won (Game 1). They celebrated, so we just did the same thing."
This isn't the first time the Pacers have been accused of celebrating with too much zeal on an opponent's court. Chicago guard Derrick Rose made that accusation when the Pacers won 95-90 Jan. 25 at the United Center.
Perhaps it fired up the Bulls. They won 92-72 when the teams next met, March 5 in Chicago.
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