jimmythegreek Posts:12652 Followers:392
On 05/25/2012 01:00 PM in NBA


Dwyane Wade scored 41 points and Lebron James added 28 as the Miami Heat advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals by beating the Indiana Pacers 105-93 taking their best of 7 second round playoff series 4-2. Wade put on a clinic like display of dazzling penetrated hoop drives and hit some long range contested open jumpers sinking 17/25 (68%) overall along with 10 rebounds despite 6 turnovers. James shot 12/23 (52%), collected 6 rebounds and dished out 7 assists along with recording 3 steals. Mario Chalmers contributed 15 points and Mike Miller connected on 4 3 point field goals for 12 points off the bench. The Heat shot 54% from the floor including 7/20 (35%) from 3 point range and converted 16/20 (80%) from the charity stripe. They recorded just 16 assists but committed just 10 turnovers. David West led the Pacers with 24 points on 10/16 (63%) from the field and George Hill added 18 on 7/13 (54%). Danny Granger contributed 14 poitns on 6/14 (43%) and Roy Hibbert finished with 12 along with 8 rebounds. Indiana shot 49% overall including 6/17 (35%) from 3 point range and converted 19/24 (79%) from the foul line. They outrebounded Miami 37-26 but committed more turnovers (21) than recorded assists (18). Seven days earlier, Miami trailed 2-1 in the series after getting routed 94-75 in Indianapolis. The fired-up Pacers had another game on their home court and a chance to build a commanding lead. Instead, the Big Three-Turned-Two took over. With Chris Bosh sidelined by an abdominal injury, James and Wade soared to new heights in their two-man game. Over the course of three dazzling games, James scored 98 points, grabbed 34 rebounds and dished out 24 assists. Wade had 99 points, 22 rebounds and 11 assists. The Heat rallied from an early 11-point deficit, riding the hot hand of Wade in the opening half. He scored 26 points by the break, tying Tim Hardaway's 16-year-old franchise record for most playoff points in the first two quarters. The Pacers tied it at 66 on Darren Collison's 3-pointer, but it was all Heat the rest of the period. They closed on a 13-3 run, capped by Chalmers' buzzer-beating 3 from the corner. Wade, who was on the bench getting his customary breather at the end of the quarter, leaped from his seat as the ball left Chalmers' hand at the far end, raced along the baseline and pumped his fist when it swished. Shaking off that disappointment, James had perhaps his greatest season yet. However it was Wade who took control in the decisive game against the Pacers, delivering one final blow when he split West and George Hill, banking in the shot despite taking a knee from Hill that sent the Heat guard tumbling to the court. Last year's runners up now await the winner of game 7 in tomorrow's Philadelphia/Boston matchup to determine who will eventually battle for a trip to the NBA finals.

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