Heat sinks Pacers
Miami heat finishes the job with pacers to move to eastern conference finals. Thanks to a huge game from Dwyane Wade the Miami Heat defeats the Indiana Pacers to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals. Heat wins series 4-2. Dwyane Wade was electric scoring 41 points and grabbing 10 rebounds as Heat took game 6 and with it won a very physical series against the Indiana Pacers. Heat was playing without Bosh who was injured and Haslem and Pittman who were facing suspension. Haslem suspension was more hurting for Miami than Pittman who has provided the team baskets, rebounds and toughness to the bench for the past 2 games. Bosh injury was already a headache for Miami and then Haslem suspension added to their misery. But big guns (Wade and James) steeped in for Miami at the right time and took the game away from Pacers. Pacers starting to feel the Heat’s heat in-game 6 at the end of 3rd quarter when Miami took a quick 10 point lead and after that Pacers never really recovered.
Miami entered eastern conference finals for the 2nd consecutive year with 105-93 victory in game 6. The Heat rallied from an early 11-point deficit, riding the hot hand of Wade in the opening half. David West led Indiana with 24 points and all five starters were in double figures. But that balance was overwhelmed by Wade and James. For the most part, D-Wade did his best work while in the game. He dropped 11-of-16 shooting on the Pacers in the first half, but also made sure the MVP stayed involved, dishing off a behind-the-back pass to James for a thunderous jam. This was merely a Miami team on a mission, a mission that began in the summer of 2010 when the Heat signed James and Chris Bosh to join Wade in a seemingly unbeatable Big Three. When Miami was knocked off in the NBA finals by the Dallas Mavericks last season, the big 3 were completely dejected and entered this season with a clear cut goal. Shaking off that disappointment, James had perhaps his greatest season yet. But it was Wade who took control in the decisive game against the Pacers, delivering the last blow. The Pacers simply didn’t have enough to match the Heat, even with the Big Three down to the Big Two because of an injury to Bosh. Chalmers finished with 15 points, while Mike Miller stepped up to offer some quality minutes, scoring 12 points on four 3-pointers to help fill the void without Haslem, Pittman and Bosh. Heat will meet either Boston or 76ers in Finals but they will get a much-needed chance to relax a bit before worrying about the next opponent.