By Jeff Newman: The Miami Heat topped the Indiana Pacers by a 117-92 score on Friday to win the Eastern Conference finals 4-2 at the AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami, Florida. The victory for the Heat now sends them to the NBA finals for the fourth consecutive year. They’ll now await the winner of the San Antonio Spurs vs. Oklahoma City Thunder series to find out which one of them they’ll be meeting in the finals.
The Pacers were in trouble from the get go, as the Heat outscored them 24-13 in the 1st quarter. Going into the second quarter, the Pacers knew they had to play hard in order to come back from a 9 point deficit. But instead of playing better, the Pacers fell behind by 26 points as the Heat outscored them by a 36-21 score in the quarter.
From there the Pacers never really recover because they were then outscored in the 3rd quarter 31-24, and were trailing by 30 points going into the 4th. And while the Pacers were able to take 8 points off the lead in the last quarter, it wasn’t nearly enough to get the win.
“I’m very blessed. Very blessed. Very humbled,” Lebron James said after the game to AP. “And we don’t take this opportunity for granted. It’s an unbelievable franchise, it’s an unbelievable group. And we know we still have work to do, but we won’t take this for granted. We’re going to four straight finals and we will never take this for granted.”
Heat forward LeBron James scored 25 points with 6 assists. Guard Dwaybe Wade scored 13 points with 6 rebounds. Center Chris Bosh scored 25 points with 8 rebounds. Forward Rashard Lewis scored 13 points.
The Heat out-rebounded the Pacers 37-28. They also outshot them by a 57.9 percent field goal percentage compared to the Pacers’ 46.4%.
Pacers forward Paul George scored 29 points with 8 rebounds. Forward David West scored 16 points. Guard Lance Stephenson scored 11 points. Guard George Hill scored 9 points.