miami heat game 7*It went to seven games, but as most NBA followers predicted, the Miami Heat prevailed and beat the Indiana Pacers Monday night to advance to the Finals against the San Antonio Spurs starting this Thursday

LeBron James scored 32 points and grabbed eight rebounds, Dwyane Wade matched his postseason high with 21 points, and the Heat ran away from the Pacers 99-76. Here’s more from ESPN:

For the third straight year, the Heat are the beasts of the East. How’d it happen? Our panel breaks down Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals. 5-on-5

“They’re just an amazing group of guys,” Heat managing general partner Micky Arison said after handing the East trophy to Chris Andersen. “They’ve given us an incredible season so far, but it’s a long way from over.”

It could have ended Monday, of course. The Heat had alternated wins and losses with the Pacers in the first six games of the series, and were coming off their worst offensive outing of the season in Game 6.

They responded with a rout, despite shooting just less than 40 percent, well below their norm.

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