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NBA Playoffs: Heat advance to the Eastern Conference Finals behind Wade’s 41 points

May 24, 2012, 11:36 PM EDT

Heat Pacers Game 6

Exactly one week ago, Dwyane Wade was held to five points on 2-13 shooting as the Pacers mauled the at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse to take a 2-1 series lead. Tonight, Wade flipped script on the Pacers, and ended their season in the process as the Heat won game 6 by a final score of 105-93.

Wade was absolutely electric in Game 6 in a way that only Wade can be. When Wade’s mid-range jumper is working, he’s almost completely impossible to stop, and his jumper was working like gangbusters. Wade went glass from mid-range time and time again, and the results were positive, to say the least — Wade made all 8 of his mid-range jumpers from the left side of the court, which allowed him to get into the paint with impunity and completely pick apart the Pacers’ defense. Wade finished with 41 points and 10 rebounds while shooting 17-25 from the floor, and his offensive onslaught is the primary reason why the Heat won Game 6.

LeBron James didn’t match Wade’s output, but he had an excellent game as well, recording 28 points, 6 rebounds, and a game-high 7 assists for the Heat. It’s not often that you’ll see a 3-time MVP put up that kind of a statline in a close-out playoff game and be a complete non-story after the game, but that’s what makes this Heat team so unique.

With LeBron and especially Wade both having great games, the Heat didn’t need much out of their supporting cast, and they got what they needed from the three-point shooting of Mike Miller and Mario Chalmers. Chalmers has been inconsistent throughout the playoffs, and the perpetually banged-up Mike Miller has been a massive disappointment throughout his time with the Heat, but the two combined to make all seven of Miami’s three-pointers on just 11 attempts between them. Miller’s shooting in particular was a pleasant surprise — Miller shot 4-7 from beyond the arc, which is just the third time Miller has made four or more threes in a game since signing with the Heat.

Shane Battier came back to earth in a major way in Game 6 — he was forced to play 40 minutes thanks to Udonis Haslem and only shot 1-7 from the field while allowing David West to score 24 points on 10-16 shooting, but Chalmers and Miller were able to pick up the slack for him and give LeBron and Wade enough support to close out the series.

Outside of strong performances from West and George Hill, who finished the game with 18 points, the Pacers didn’t have much going for them. Roy Hibbert had just 12 points on 8 field goal attempts. Danny Granger shot 6-14. The Pacer bench was outscored by Miami’s. The Pacers are a young, deep, good team that had a serious chance in this series, especially after Bosh went down, but they ultimately simply didn’t have the firepower to keep up with what James and Wade were able to do. This is a very, very, good basketball team, but they might need a lot of things to go their way if they ever want to seriously contend for a championship with their relative lack of star power.

Miami will now move onto the Eastern Conference Finals against either the Celtics or the 76ers, and will almost certainly be sizable favorites against either team, even though early reports indicate that Chris Bosh will not be back for either of the first two games of the series. Miami should feel good about this series victory, and neither Boston or Philadelphia looks all that menacing right now, but this is no time for the Heat to rest on their laurels. They’re still missing the 3rd member of their “big three,” they’re about to go up against one of the 3 best defensive teams in the league this season, and they’re only one home loss in the first two games away from finding themselves on the back foot in the series. And the Heat know better than anyone that any finish other than a championship will be a complete failure for them.

  1. 1972wasalongtimeago - May 24, 2012 at 11:41 PM


    Sensational Spectacular Super


  2. jcf78 - May 24, 2012 at 11:56 PM

    Bye bye vogel!!!! Take that van gundy!!! There’s a reason ur a commentator, u SUCKED as a coach

    • jetstizzi85 - May 25, 2012 at 7:57 AM

      Sucked as a coach? Maybe you are too young but he only had 2 losing records in 11 years and missed the playoffs just 2 times as well…..Some people are just plain dumb

      • heat256 - May 25, 2012 at 9:14 AM

        Since everyone is so bottom line with some arguments, how many titles did he win? I thought he was a good, not great coach. I feel his brother is the better coach actually. And much more entertaining to listen to.

  3. professoressadiesel - May 25, 2012 at 12:02 AM

    Good season Pacers!

    Young team on the rise. Will be exciting to watch next season.

  4. lemfax - May 25, 2012 at 12:02 AM

    Spurs vs Miami

    • edweird0 - May 25, 2012 at 2:31 AM

      Can’t say I’ve been looking forward to that…

  5. koloofai - May 25, 2012 at 12:03 AM

    Suck on that Geanger you fake tough guy!!

  6. ihateclevelandandphillyandbaltimore - May 25, 2012 at 12:06 AM

    Were the lebron haters? Getting there I rather see the heat lose in the finals comments warmed up lol.

  7. ihateclevelandandphillyandbaltimore - May 25, 2012 at 12:09 AM

    Where ….

  8. buffalowned - May 25, 2012 at 12:17 AM

    Where the pacers fans at? Oh yeah they did all their talking after game 3

  9. asublimeday - May 25, 2012 at 12:18 AM

    Were the lebron haters? Getting there I rather see the heat lose in the finals comments warmed up lol.
    English! Do you speak it?!

    • africanballer - May 25, 2012 at 4:28 AM

      does that really matter?

  10. turnmymicup - May 25, 2012 at 12:22 AM

    Great game boys start to finish. Haters need to stay quiet and appreciate the show MIA puts on. People want us to fail so badly that it hurts when they see the Heat win. When they play together like this MIA is very dangerous. This team is hungry for that championship. Wade is back to flash form splitting defenders without mercy. LeBron is on a MVP level. Even the bench decided to join the party. Just pick your poison. Shout outs to Joel Anthony too. A lot of hustle plays from him tonight. Go Heat!

    • gmsingh - May 25, 2012 at 7:37 AM

      I can’t think of a single reason why this series even went to six games. I think relative to their level of talent, the Heat can only be looked at underacheivers.

  11. packhawk04 - May 25, 2012 at 12:25 AM

    Heat put the pacers in their place… lebton fans and heat fans should really shutup until they win one of these 5 or 6 rings they were allegedly going to win.

    • turnmymicup - May 25, 2012 at 12:47 AM

      Why is this the only response people like to use when addressing the Heat. You have no idea how idiotic your statement sounds. They said they wanted to win multiple championships and everyone holds it against them. Fans should be mad that their star players don’t have enough balls to say it. Not at Miami for setting goals.

      • knightrider1755 - May 25, 2012 at 5:47 AM

        Can you imagine Carmelo Anthony saying he wants to win multiple championships?

      • jetstizzi85 - May 25, 2012 at 7:59 AM

        I think it was due to the fact that the person saying it had never and still hasnt won anything….If it came from Wade is might have been different….IMO

  12. reddolfan66 - May 25, 2012 at 12:27 AM

    8 wins to go!!!

  13. isujames - May 25, 2012 at 12:30 AM

    Valiant effort by the pacers, nice try!

  14. Justin - May 25, 2012 at 12:47 AM

    So what I am getting from that second paragraph is that Wade made some mid-range jumpers…

  15. BrownsTown (the 1st one, not the new guy using my name) - May 25, 2012 at 1:20 AM

    What time is the parade tomorrow?

  16. alfiemonstaa - May 25, 2012 at 1:42 AM

    i wonder how many people on here were heat fans 3 years ago. buncha bandwagons! get outta here. Spurs are taking it this year. morons!

    • africanballer - May 25, 2012 at 4:32 AM

      your comment is irrelevant dude

  17. rickyspanish - May 25, 2012 at 1:45 AM

    That was a fun series to watch. Too bad everyone either hates or loves Miami, no gray area, these comments intense yo!

  18. ralzdmann - May 25, 2012 at 2:11 AM

    Have the Pacers fired Vogel yet? The league wanted a 7th game and Indiana couldn’t deliver.

    Oh yea I hate Jimmy LeBon or whatever that guy that plays in Miami’s name is…

  19. lmvs2012 - May 25, 2012 at 2:15 AM

    Maybe the best team in the east but always gets STUCK in the west..uhuh?

  20. edweird0 - May 25, 2012 at 2:38 AM

    Halfway mark! Just another 8 to go.

  21. mungman69 - May 25, 2012 at 3:48 AM

    Heat can beat Celtics or Sixers without Bosh but he better be back soon. They’ll need him in the finals.

  22. africanballer - May 25, 2012 at 4:30 AM

    Larry Bird called his team S.O.F.T the other day.

    how about C.R.E.D.I.T to the other team today, you know the one from south beach…

  23. davidly - May 25, 2012 at 6:06 AM

    Credit to the Heat. But Indiana still choked.

  24. truthhurtstoo - May 25, 2012 at 7:07 AM

    Spacers were nothing but PRETENDERS… I don’t see enough talent there to do much in the future. HEAT ROLL ON!

  25. gmsingh - May 25, 2012 at 7:40 AM

    What would have happened in Game 5 if Haslem had been called for the Flagrant 2 at the time of the foul?

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