The NBA Playoffs Roundup: June 2, 2013

Well we’re going to have a Game 7 after all! The only team that has beaten Miami five times out of nine this season is raring to deliver the biggest upset of the year! Go Pacers! Beat the Heat!

Today’s Best:
  •        LeBron James was still the best player on the floor, but not even his 29 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 steals and 1 block could push Miami straight through to the Finals. He sure felt like Cleveland all over again.
  •        Now how about PG24? What an awesome performance. 28 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists, and 3 steals? You kidding me? Another one of these, and the Pacers will enter the Finals for the first time since Reggie Miller was still sinking treys left and right.

Paul George rams it down Chris Bosh's throat!
(image by Michael Conroy/AP)

Today’s Worst:
  •        Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, and Ray Allen combined for the following production: 21 points, 8 rebounds, and 2 assists on 6-of-27 FG shooting. Oh and 5 turnovers, too. Pretty good stats for one guy alone, but for three guys who could still be All-Stars next year? Damn shame.

Final Score: Indiana 91, Miami 77
Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) - The Pacers surged ahead in the third quarter this time. And when the Miami Heat charged back in the fourth, Roy Hibbert won a showdown at the rim against LeBron James to swing the momentum and send the series back to South Beach. Paul George had 28 points and eight rebounds, while Hibbert added 24 points and 11 boards in the Pacers' 91-77 win over the Heat in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals. After the Heat outscored Indiana by a 30-13 margin in the 12 minutes after halftime in Game 5, the Pacers held a 29-15 advantage in the third of Game 6 to turn a one-point halftime deficit into a 68-55 cushion heading into the final frame. Miami cut the gap to four midway through the fourth and found itself down 77-68 a bit later before James drove down the lane and met Hibbert at the rim. James double clutched, and Hibbert, who jumped straight up from inside the restricted area, drew an offensive foul when James put his elbow into him. A perplexed James sprinted down the floor in disbelief and was assessed a technical foul along with Heat assistant coach David Fizdale. George Hill sunk the two freebies to extend the cushion back into double figures and Miami never cut the deficit less than 10 the rest of the way. Game 7 is slated for Monday. Battling an upper respiratory infection, David West netted eight of his 11 points in the fourth and grabbed 14 rebounds for Indiana, which held a commanding 53-33 edge on the glass and 44-22 points in the paint margin. George Hill finished with 16 points and six assists in the victory. James registered 29 points, seven rebounds and six assists for the Heat, who matched their season- low point total. Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh struggled again. Wade tallied 10 points on 3-of-11 shooting, while Bosh had just five points on 1-of-8 from the floor in defeat.

Roy Hibbert and the Pacers forced a winner-take-all Game 7 in the ECF!
(image by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Dwyane Wade and the rest of the supporting cast
continue to struggle.
(image by Michael Conroy/AP)

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