The Miami Heat advanced to the National Basketball Association (NBA) Finals for the fourth straight time, making light work of the Indiana Pacers, 117-92, in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals in Miami May 30.

The Heat won the best of seven series, 4 games to 2.

The Pacers actually started the game well, leaping to a 9-2 lead at the top of the first quarter. But Miami then took the game over with a 22-4 run led by LeBron James. The superstar forward scored 11 points in the opening quarter and ignited a red-hot Miami team that led by nearly 30 points by halftime.

The Heat turned up the flame even more in the second half, pushing its lead over Indiana to 40 points before capping off the 117-92 win.

James finished with 25 points, 8-for-12 from the field and 9-for-9 from the free throw line, despite sitting out the entire fourth quarter as the game turned into a blowout. Forward Chris Bosh matched James with 25 points and 8 rebounds.

Pacers forward Paul George finished with a game-high 29 points but nearly all of his scoring came after Miami had already built an overwhelming lead. George scored just one point in the first half. Veteran forward David West scored 16 points on 8-of-11 shooting.

Miami is the first team since the 1984-1987 Boston Celtics to reach four straight Finals appearances. The Heat will face the winner of the San Antonio Spurs – Oklahoma City Thunder Western Conference Finals.


Perry Green

AFRO Sports Editor