Wade carries Heat past Pacers, advances to East Finals
Dwayne Wade scored 41 points and grabbed 10 boards, LeBron James added 28 points and the Heat oust the Indiana Pacers, and advancing to the Eastern Conference finals with a 105-93 victory in Game 6 on Thursday night.
The Heat wrapped up the best-of-7 series and will face either the Boston Celtics or Philadelphia 76ers in the next round starting in Miami on Monday.
Miami rallied from an early 11-point deficit, with Wade scoring 26 points in the first half.
David West led Indiana with 24 points and all five starters were in double figures. But that balanced offensive attack was overwhelmed by Wade and James 1-2 punch.
The Pacers tied it at 66 in the third quarter on Darren Collison's 3-pointer, but it was all Heat the rest of the way.
The Heat closed the third period a 13-3 run, capped by Mario Chalmers' buzzer-beating 3 from the corner, and was up by 10-points heading into the fourth.
With James and Wade taking care of the Miami offense, Indiana could go no closer than within five points in the final period.
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