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LeBron James: 'Defense key in conference finals'

Miami Heat LeBron James slams the ball against the New York Knicks during their NBA game February 1, 2014
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Miami Heat forward LeBron James believes that defense will be key in the Eastern Conference finals.

LeBron James has said that defense is vital for the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference finals.

The two-time defending champions lost their opening game against the Indiana Pacers, but levelled the series with a 87-83 victory last night.

The forward told reporters: "It's not going to be pretty. Not in the Eastern Conference. It's never pretty basketball in the Eastern Conference.

"It's about who can sustain runs. You know, who can get defensive stops? Who can not turn the ball over and who can get great shots? I think we did that in the fourth."

The Heat will host their first game of the series when the teams meet again on Saturday.

Miami Heat forward LeBron James smiles during their game against the Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena on January 10, 2012
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