After looking invincible for much of the season, the Miami Heat find themselves in a winner-take-all Game 7 for the Eastern Conference against the Indiana Pacers on Monday night at AmericanAirlines Arena.
The Pacers forced the Game 7 with an impressive 91-77 victory on Saturday. Paul George led the way with 28 points, eight rebounds and five assists, while Roy Hibbert added 24 points and 11 boards. Indiana dominated down low, winning the rebounding battle, 53-33, and scoring 44 points in the paint to just 22 for Miami.
LeBron James had 29 points, seven rebounds and six assists, but he got very little help. Dwyane Wade and Mario Chalmers were the only other Heat players to reach double figures in scoring, and they only had 10 points apiece. Miami shot just 36.1 percent and really struggled in the third quarter when Indiana took a commanding lead.
The struggles of Wade and Chris Bosh throughout this series have been well documented, and they were especially bad in Game 6. Wade shot just 3-of-11, while Bosh scored five points on 1-of-8 shooting. The Heat big man only had four rebounds, bringing his total for the series to 22. Both players are battling injuries, but Miami still expects much more production than what has been given.
The Heat have not lost two games in a row since early January, and they have responded well to losses all playoffs. Miami has won by double-digits in all three games following a loss this postseason, and with the game being at home, it would be no surprise if the Heat came out with their best. But if Wade and Bosh put up another stinker, perhaps Indiana can pull off the stunner and advance to the NBA Finals.
Game time: 8:30 p.m. ET