INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MAY 24: Dwyane Wade #3 of the Miami Heat dunks over Roy Hibbert #55 and David West #21 of the Indiana Pacers in Game Six of the Eastern Conference Semifinals in the 2012 NBA Playoffs at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on May 24, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Heat Is On: Miami Advances To Eastern Conference Finals

The Heat closed out the Pacers on Thursday night to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals with a 105-93 win.

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The Empire Strikes Back: Dwyane Wade And The Heat Aren't Going Away

Dwyane Wade and the Heat exploded on the Pacers in Game 6 and left the home team looking helpless. One week after we left them for dead, Miami looks as scary as ever. And that's a good thing.


Pacers Vs. Heat, 2012 NBA Playoffs Game 6: Final Score, Heat Pull Away 105-93

Indiana tested, but when it came down to it, Miami's superstar power was more than the Pacers could handle, as the Heat won a contentious series in six games.

The Heat kept the lead at roughly ten for most of the second half after an initial spurt to start the third quarter. Dwyane Wade kept up his ridiculous play from the first half, finishing on a variety of absurd drives to the hoop, and ending up with 41 points. LeBron James predictably turned up the heat after a quiet first half, finishing with 28. In addition, Mario Chalmers' shooting provided a boost, as the point guard nailed three threes to finish with 15.

At the end of the day, the Heat were just too good for Indiana. They might have been Boshless, but LeBron and D-Wade are two of the five best players in the league in literally everybody's book, and they played like it the past two games, which was too much for Indiana to recover from. The pair scored the team's final 17 points to ice the game in the closing minutes.

It was a good season for the Pacers, and it's unfortunate that it had to end in the hands of a Flying Death Machine like Miami.

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Indiana Bros Can Sense Trouble

Time is running out for the Indiana Pacers. The Miami Heat lead 97-86 with three minutes remaining in the fourth quarter of Game 6.

This was the reaction of the Indiana faithful after Roy Hibbert was whistled for a foul on LeBron James in the fourth.


Not that a pro sports blogger should ever be giving fashion advice, but we can't help but think these dudes swagger-jacked the personal style of two other famous bros.


The baby blue and orange suits are in the car, presumably.

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Swagger Is Still Alive In Indiana

A week ago, the Indiana Pacers gave out thousands of "Gold Swagger" shirts for their playoff game against the Miami Heat. The whole color-coordination thing looked cool, but the use of "swagger" was questionable at best. It led Andrew Sharp to write a whole piece about "swagger" being dead, except in certain circumstances -- and the Pacers certainly did not qualify.

So what did Indiana do? Upped its game to not only use swagger, but to make it a hashtag. On a shirt. Given to Thursday night's crowd.


The kid in the Florida attire probably has the right idea. And the look on his face says it all.

Please, can we kill swagger already? Or has word not reached Indiana, home of spicy milk, mayo and extreme racing, yet?


Cameraman Gets Plowed Again; Flamingo Still Waving

It's been a rough night for the cameraman seated along the baseline in Indiana. Earlier, he took a shot from LeBron James, taking the full weight of the Heat big man in the process.

In the third quarter, the same cameraman hit the deck again. This time it was a Pacer's fault.


Notice the flamingo still being waved proudly. And the man waving it is wearing a hard hat. Safety first, Mr. Flamingo.


LeBron James Schadenfreude: Heat Forward Misses Breakaway Layup

Nothing gets the Internet's collective juices flowing quite like LeBron James failing in an embarrassing fashion. The second quarter of Game 6 between the Pacers and Heat provided one of these moments for the ages: James -- he of the thunderous slam dunks and unreal chase down blocks -- missed an open layup on a breakaway.

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You'd expect this in an SB Nation pickup game, but not from the league's three-time MVP.

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