Monday, June 2, 2014

Miami Heat became 3rd Team in History to Reach Fourth Consecutive NBA Finals

The Miami Heat became the third franchise in NBA history to reach four consecutive NBA Finals on Friday night, thrashing the Indiana Pacers 117-92 in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals.
The blowout win improves Miami to 10-0 in potential series-clinching home games during the LeBron James-Dwyane Wade-Chris Bosh era. James and Bosh paced Miami, scoring 25 points each.

Paul George led the Pacers with 29 points on 8-of-18 shooting, but made little impact when the outcome was still in doubt.

Despite squandering an opportunity to close out the series on the road in Game 5, Wade and his teammates were optimistic coming into Friday's close-out game, per the Miami Herald's Barry Jackson

"We’re at home to close out a series. That’s the best position to be in...ideal for anyone."
Wade was also confident that James would deliver after scoring just seven points in 24 minutes in Game 5 as a result of foul trouble, per Jackson

"I do know that guy [James] and I know how he responds. I know he’s going to put his mark on the game."

Picking up where they left off in Game 5, the Pacers jumped out to a quick 9-2 lead, quieting the sea of white inside AmericanAirlines Arena.

But the Heat responded right on cue, igniting an 11-0 run of their own to take a lead they never relinquished. Lance Stephenson momentarily stopped the bleeding with a timely three-pointer, but Miami's defense got the last laugh, stifling Indiana as the Heat closed the period on a 9-0 run.

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