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Heat's Wade avoids suspension

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The NBA did not suspend Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade for hitting Indiana guard Lance Stephenson with a forearm during the fourth quarter in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals.

Wade was assessed a flagrant foul-1 on Sunday after a league review, meaning he was available for Game 3 of the best-of-seven series on Sunday night in Indianapolis.

The league also reviewed an elbow by Indiana's David West to the shoulder of Miami's Mario Chalmers during Game 2 on Friday night in Miami but took no further action.

"We think it was just a play that happens sometimes during a game," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said during the morning shootaround of the play when Wade leaped and made contact with Stephenson's head. "He was scrambling.

"That was during a very competitive time of the game. He was scrambling just to get play and it was just one of those inadvertent collisions."

Wade did not speak with reporters on Sunday morning.

While Stephenson was guarded in his comments, saying the elbow caught him off guard, teammate Paul George was more direct.

"It was an uncalled for play," George said. "Whatever the league does about that situation, for what he did to Lance, it's well deserved whatever the punishment is."

The Pacers won Game 2 to tie the series at 1-1.
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