Heat Beat Pacers 99-76, Advance To Third Consecutive NBA Finals
Sorry America, the Miami Heat aren't done. When they needed it the most, the Miami Heat played perhaps their most complete game of the series eliminating the Indiana Pacers with a 99-76 victory that was all of the exhales. LeBron James led all scorers with another classic MVP performance, scoring 32 points pulling down eight rebounds while dishing out four assists.
This time he had some help. Dwyane Wade was traded, amnestied, cut, and given the Game of Thrones "Red Wedding" treatment the past few days by fans and the media showed the heart of a two-time champion Monday night. Wade came out aggressive and played with a purpose Heat fans haven't seen in what feels like months on his way to a 21-point, 9-rebound game. No matter how many times people retire him or talk about him like he's Kurt Thomas Dwyane Wade consistently gives you big time performances when it's all on the line.
The Pacers packed for the NBA Finals, so if you see a Pacer at the Fountainebleau pool this week make sure you congratulate them on beating the Hawks. Full of confidence from the media telling him he's the next big thing, and talking about future MVP awards, Paul George got outscored by Norris Cole Monday eight to seven -- good job, good effort Pauly G. His teammate Roy Hibbert couldn't wait to tell the world, "I told you so," but at the final buzzer of game seven he couldn't even be bothered to shake Miami Heat players' hands. Lance Stephenson blew in LeBron James ear at one point in this series, then followed that up with even more blowing, this time at basketball, scoring just ten points in Game Seven.
The play of the game was no doubt this Norris Cole to LeBron James alley-oop. LeBron nearly knocks himself out on the rim on the play, proving the only danger a Cobra Dick faces is in fact the Cobra Dick himself.
If that play wasn't the play of the game this play was, vintage Dwyane Wade Euro-Step sex that we have grown to expect from him.
Miami survives and advances to meet the San Antonio Spurs in the NBA Finals. The Finals game setup changes with the first two in Miami, the next three in San Antonio, and the final two back in Miami. The Spurs are a much more experienced team led by Tony Parker who might be playing the best basketball of his career.
Exhale Miami, the Miami Heat are back in the NBA Finals.
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