For six games, the Indiana Pacers showed why the will be a factor for years to come in the Eastern Conference.
In Game 6 on Thursday night, the Heat showed while they'll be in the present.
Wade scored a game-high 41 points-including 26 in the first half-while James chipped in 28 as they win the Eastern Conference Semi-Final series 4-2.
The loss ends the most successful season in seven years for the franchise, who won their first playoff series since 2005 and appear on the rise for future seasons. David West led the five Pacers in double digits with 24 points, but it was Miami's ability to outscore the team by 14 in the second half that sent the Indiana packing.
Miami now advances to the Eastern Conference Finals, where they will play the winner of the Boston-Philadelphia series, which will have it's Game 7 on the Celtics home floor on Friday night.
Early on it appeared that the Pacers might be able to have the same opportunity, giving them a shot to capture two series wins in the playoffs for the first time in eight years. Despite Wade's scoring prowess in the first half the Pacers still had enough to hold a two-point lead at the break.
David West's layup with 18 seconds to go gave the Pacers a 53-51 lead going into the half.
In the often decisive third quarter-where the team that has scored the most points had won the previous five games-the Pacers and Heat were neck-neck till the final 1:15. During that short time, the Heat went on to make what would turn out to be the game-deciding run, scoring nine unanswered points.
Mario Chalmers' trey as the clock expired gave Miami their biggest lead of the night at that point 79-69.
Unlike Game 5, where the Heat expanded the lead to 32 after the third, the Pacers hung tough and got it down to five with 9:17 left on a three-point play by David West. Even after Miami expanded the lead Indiana continued to crawl back and had it down to six with 2:31 left after a Roy Hibbert bucket.
Yet the Heat were relentless, scoring eight of the final ten points to finish of the series. A pair of buckets by James in the final minute-and-a-half officially started the summer vacation for the Pacers and advanced the Heat to their second consecutive Eastern Conference Finals.
Pacers season ends as they lose to the Heat
Once again the combination of LeBron James and Dwayne Wade is too much for the Pacers to handle as they combine for 69 points a series-clinching 105-93 victory over Indiana as they take the Eastern Conference Semi-Final 4-2.
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