Miami Heat 105 Indiana Pacers 93
(Heat Win Series 4-2)
The Indiana Pacers’ season has come to a close thanks to a startling performance by Dwayne Wade and the Miami Heat. Wade put together 41 points on 17-25 shooting. Just last Thursday Wade had scored his lowest point total of the playoffs with 5, so that shows how much of a turnaround he’s made. He averaged 33 points in the last three wins for the Heat.
Lebron James didn’t want to be left out as he got his own 28 points and looked to score when he could. Mario Chalmers added 15 points and Mike Miller had 12 points all on three pointers.
David West tried to will the Pacers to a win with his 24 points as all the starters had double figures. Roy Hibbert got 12 points and 8 rebounds. Danny Granger scores 15 points after leaving the previous game with an ankle injury. Paul George scores 11 points. George Hill got his own 18 points. So points were there, but the Pacers just couldn’t stop the Heat when they needed to.
If you want to know who wins the game in this series, check out the third quarter. Each team had won that quarter and won the game. This third quarter is where the Heat opened up the ten point lead as they won the quarter 28-16. They even put up 26 points in the final quarter to make sure the game is theirs.
Wade was able to get whatever he wanted once he drove to the lane, and made shots that looked like they weren’t going to go in. For the most part, his shots were contested, so he deserves credit for making them. The Pacers big men needed to step up a bit more and really make him earn those baskets. Credit Wade for putting this Heat team on his back in this one as I think the talk was it wasn’t his team anymore.
Good season for the Pacers as I don’t think many gave them a shot to be the third seed in the Eastern Conference and to challenge the Heat like they did. Looking back at ESPN Predictions, Jon Barry had said Heat in four games, which didn’t happen. The Pacers were there most of this series, except for that breakdown in game five. But credit this Pacers team for being out there and being physical with a Heat team that could have blown them away if they played like they did in game five. The Blue and Gold attack will be back next season, but will you be there to support it?