The Miami Heat advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals on Thursday night with a 105-93 Game 6 win over the Indiana Pacers. Dwyane Wade added to a career full of remarkable moments with one of his best playoff performances to date. After a fast Indiana start, Miami completely took control on the brilliance of Wade. The Heat swung a double digit deficit into a two possession lead in the second quarter. Wade and LeBron James continued to push in the second half, extending Miami's lead to double digits down the stretch.
Wade was simply amazing, scoring 20 points in the second quarter to keep Miami in it against an Indiana team that shot nearly 60 percent in the first half. He finished with 41 points, continuing in the second half as the Heat took advantage of a slew of Pacer turnovers. Miami also took advantage of Roy Hibbert on the pick-and-roll, as Wade exploited the Indiana center with set of pretty floaters in the lane. He finished 17 of 25 from the floor for the 41 points, while also grabbing 10 rebounds. Those last three quarters created a game to remember for Wade and Miami fans.
LeBron James, the MVP who deferred to the hot Wade, added 28 points of his own. He facilitated the offense through Wade, but took control when the opportunity presented itself by driving to the hole and overpowering Indiana's stout front line at the rim. The 69 combined points left the Pacers helpless, even with their strong start.
Miami now moves on to face the winner of the Sixers and Celtics, who play Game 7 on Saturday. They will have the entire weekend to rest, with Game 1 set for Monday night.
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