In an ugly Game 6 for the Heat, they fell to the Pacers 91-77 to even the Eastern Conference Finals at 3 games apiece.
For the Heat, LeBron James again did it all. He led the team in points and assists, with 27 and 6. He also added 7 rebounds. Mario Chalmers and Dwyane Wade added 10 points apiece in a disjointed offensive effort for Miami.
For the Pacers, Paul George led all in scoring with 28 points, along with 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Roy Hibbert added 24 points and 11 rebounds. David West contributed 11 points and 14 rebounds.
The story of this game was the 3rd quarter. Indiana came out of the halftime break full of energy and pushed a 1-point lead to double digits mid-way through the quarter and Miami was never able to get to where they needed to be. The Pacers took the fight to the Heat and Miami could not respond. Indiana won the quarter 29-15, and 14 points was the difference in the final score. This game also was decided on the boards as Indiana won the rebounding battle by 20. It’s almost impossible to win with a deficit like that.
Sadly, Wade and Chris Bosh were ineffective again and it has cast some doubt in whether this team can get it done. Through 6 games, LeBron has outscored Wade and Bosh by himself. Miami needs to have Wade and Bosh be the 20 point scorers they have been throughout their careers. If not, they may be headed home.
Monday is Game 7, the last stand for one of these teams. X’s and O’s will be out the door. The game will be decided by the will to win. Wade and Bosh have to go all out, because it could be the last game? Will Miami be able to play as a unit and defeat the Pacers, who are obviously looking for the win? We’ll see.