Heat too hot for Pacers
May 25, 2012 18:30:23 UK
Dwayne Wade hit 41 points as the Heat eased past the Pacers into the Eastern Conference final.
Dwyane Wade had 41 points for the Miami Heat as they defeated the Indiana Pacers 105-93 to close out their Eastern Conference Semifinal.
The former Marquette star was 17-of-25 from the field and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead all scorers and LeBron James added 28 points on 12-of-23 shooting as the two superstars proved too much for the Pacers. The second-seeded Heat now move on and await the winner of the Boston Celtics vs. Philadelphia 76ers series in the Eastern Conference Final. Hoping to force a Game 7 back in Miami, the Indiana Pacers were led by David West's 24 points and Paul George's double-double, but ultimately could not overcome the Wade-James combination.
Game 7 of the Celtics and 76ers series is Saturday evening at the TD Garden in Boston. After previously being described as day-to-day the word out of Boston on Wednesday was that shooting guard Avery Bradley is expected to undergo surgery on his ailing left shoulder and miss the rest of the playoffs. Bradley, who did not play in Games 5 and 6, is a useful starter for the Celtics and his absence could be the difference in the series.
Off the court the bizarre spectacle of Shaquille O'Neal as a potential general manager of the Orlando Magic came to a swift end when O'Neal took himself out of the running for the post while former Utah Jazz coach Jerry Sloan has emerged as a viable candidate for the Charlotte Bobcats in their search for a new Head Coach.
The Heat are 2.50 to win the Championship, the Celtics can be backed at 13.00 and the 76ers are 601.00.
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