The Miami Heat are the first team to advance to four straight NBA Finals since the 1984-87 Boston Celtics.
In the end, homecourt advantage did not matter for the Miami Heat.
The Heat never let it get to that point, defeating the Indiana Pacers 117-92 Friday in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals. The Heat won the best of seven series 4-2 and will play the San Antonio Spurs or Oklahoma City Thunder in the NBA Finals.
The No. 2 seeded Heat avoided a Game 7 in Indianapolis by easily dispatching of the Pacers. Miami led for the majority of the way behind 25 points, six assists and four rebounds from forward LeBron James.
Center Chris Bosh finished with 25 points and eight assists while Rashard Lewis and Mario Chalmers each added 13. The Heat led by many as 37 in a series that was supposed to be competitive after last year’s conference finals.
This time, the Heat made quick work of Pacers. It was third straight year Miami eliminated Indiana.
The Pacers were led by Paul George’s 29 points and eight rebounds. Forward David West added 16 points.
“We feel grateful we were able to do it at home. We would have liked to have closed it out in Indiana but they pushed us and we had to do it here. So we don’t take it for granted.” — Heat coach Erik Spoelstra