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NBA Playoffs 2013, Heat vs. Pacers Game 7: Miami routs Indiana to advance

Game 7 was never really a contest. The Heat finally got it together and routed a Pacers team that pushed them to the brink in the Eastern Conference Finals. The final score was 99-76.

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LeBron's path to greatness

The Eastern Conference Finals were so good, they require one last look back before the basketball world turns its attention to Heat vs. Spurs. In here: some thoughts on LeBron James' journey to greatness, and more.

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Roy Hibbert skipped handshake line

The Pacers' All-Star says he still has tremendous respect for the Miami Heat after skipping the handshake line.

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Dynasties are supposed to be hard

Even impeccably-built teams like the Heat can get crossed up on the way to glory. That's why we shouldn't overreact to their tougher-than-expected series win over the Indiana Pacers.

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The Heat as we knew them

Oh, now we remember. This is why Miami was the odds-on favorite to win the title. But the Pacers offered a valiant challenge and gave us a series we won't soon forget.

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Heat vs. Pacers recap in GIFs

The Miami Heat cruised through a much anticipated Game 7 to make the NBA Finals. Miss any of the action? Catch up with the best GIFs from the last game of the Eastern Conference Finals.

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Shaq almost falls off the TNT balcony

Shaq is either a very bad fisherman or a very good fisherman. Were he not an actor, he would likely be a very wet fisherman.

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LeBron helps Dwyane, Dwyane helps LeBron

Dwyane Wade hasn't had the best postseason, but the Miami Heat made adjustments to get him comfortable in Monday night's decisive Game 7. He responded with his best game in a while, and the Heat looked like defending NBA champs.

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Game 7 beatdown

The Miami Heat returned to championship form at just the right time Monday night, easily dismantling the Indiana Pacers in a lopsided Game 7.

The Heat staked claim to their third consecutive Eastern Conference Championship, and will gun for back-to-back titles against the well-rested San Antonio Spurs. Ben Golliver rehashes the action.

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Charles Barkley disses Shaq

Game 7 was a little anticlimactic. Thankfully, Chuck was there to keep things lively with his ICE BURNS.

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Chris Bosh sure looks happy

Game 7 was a tale of many emotions for the Heat's gangly big man, but this photo ties a nice bow on the blowout over the Pacers. Chris Bosh will see you in the NBA Finals, San Antonio. (Steve Mitchell / USA Today Sports)

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Flo Rida's manager got slapped

Flo Rida was in attendance wearing his finest Jesus Piece. His manager was too, until he got slapped.

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Heat crush Pacers in Game 7 behind LeBron's 32

The reigning NBA champions will have a chance to defend their title, as the Miami Heat crushed the Indiana Pacers in a decisive Game 7. LeBron James had 32 points and Dwyane Wade played his best game in a long time.

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Heat bros are loving it

Go crazy, Heat bros.

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This is impressive.

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Two incredible LeBron photos

You'll recall this LeBron James dunk in Game 7 where he almost kissed the rim. These two photos of the dunk -- Steve Mitchell of USA Today Sports, the other by Mike Ehrmann of USA Today Sports -- are incredible.

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Chris Bosh provides us with another excellent photo

This isn't the typical BOSHFACE, but it's still a pretty good picture of Chris Bosh being weird. Credit: Steve Mitchell // USA Today Sports

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Nice shades, Justin Bieber

And by "nice," I don't actually mean nice.

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Strong 2nd gives Heat 15-point lead at half

The Miami Heat looked like juggernauts in the second quarter of the decisive Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals, going from down two to up 15. LeBron James had 18 points, and Dwyane Wade actually looks decent.

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LeBron James' absolutely ridiculous alley-oop

LeBron James actually had to duck to avoid hitting his head on the rim.

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Paul George yells at Chalmers to stop flopping

Numerous players have been fined for flopping in this series and Paul George is tired of it.

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Chris Bosh with a beautiful flop

Chris Bosh might be getting a call from the league for this one.

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Heat host Pacers in Game 7

The Heat host the Pacers in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Monday night. Miami is hoping to get more from Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh after a rough Game 6.

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Heat's Chris Bosh apologizes for poor play

Chris Bosh hasn't scored in double-figures in the past three games.

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Remembering the Game 7s of the past

With the Miami Heat and the Indiana Pacers headed to a rare Game 7 conference finals clincher, we take a peek at the last five such events.

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Foster leads Game 7 officiating crew

Scott Foster will be joined by Mike Callahan and Ken Mauer as officials for Game 7 between the Heat and Pacers.

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Hibbert fined $75,000

The NBA has fined Roy Hibbert $75,000 for his post-game remarks following Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals.

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Miami's (potentially) fatal flaw

Once again, Miami was dominated on the glass. And now the Heat face elimination.

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A look at LeBron in Games 7

LeBron James has been to Game 7 three times as an NBA player, and three times has come up with great performances. His team hasn't always won, though.

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