The Miami Heat and Indiana Pacers battle for a winner takes all game 7 with the winner advancing to the NBA Finals to face the San Antonio Spurs. The series have been back and forth and Game 7 should be no different.
1st Quarter: The Miami Heat intends to have both their struggling stars Chris Bosh and Dwayne Wade involved in the onset of the game. Wade has scored 4 points in the early going which is nearly half of the points he scored in the game 6 lost. The Pacers midway through the quarter completes a 7-0 run however the run includes 5 turnovers which keep this game tightly contested. The Heat have been assertive on the defensive end which seems to be causing trouble for David West and Roy Hibbert who have been relatively quiet to begin the game. Chris Bosh continues to struggles in the series as he completes the 1st quarter shooting 1 for 8. The Pacers were unable to protect the basketball in the quarter committing 9 turnovers, however Miami is unable to capitalize and the Pacers hold a slim margin currently.
Pacers lead 21-19
2nd Pacers: Coach Spolestra tinkers with his lineup & inserted seldom used Mike Miller in the game late in the 1st quarter in an attempt to gain an edge in the scoring column. Ray Allen appears to have found his shooting stroke connecting on threw 3 point shots allowing Miami to take an early 10 point lead. Roy Hibbert who have been the subject of much criticism following his post-game comments have been double teamed constantly in the painted area by the Miami Heat defense and has picked up 3rd personal foul as the quarter comes to a close.
Miami leads 52-37
3rd Quarter: Roy Hibbert begins the 3rd aggressive scoring twice in the beginning of the quarter also earning a trip to the free throw line. David West also is asserts himself into the game as the Pacers attempt to close the deficit. Dwayne Wade and LeBron James go on their own 5-0 run allowing the Miami Heat to increase their lead to the largest of the evening of 17 points. Coach Frank Vogel calls a timeout to seize the momentum from the Heat as they are in the position to build on the lead. As the quarter closes Roy Hibbert picked up his 5th personal foul & likely will sit until midway through the 4th quarter.
Miami leads 76-55
4th Quarter: Paul George who had a fantastic series fouled out of the game with 6 minutes remaining capping a disappointing game 7 that seen George held to just 7 points while being guarded mostly by LeBron James. In the quarter the Heat seen their lead grows to as large as 28 points and will go on & defeat the Pacers in this series.
Miami wins 99-76
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