Monday, June 3 at 8:30 p.m. ET on TNT
After the Heat’s 90-79 Game 5 victory in which LeBron James exploded with 30 points and six assists to take a 3-2 series lead, some didn’t believe the Pacers had a prayer in Game 6. Miami only needed six to eliminate them last season in the semifinals and ESPN’s Skip Bayless was one of those who was of the opinion that’s all it would need again.
How about we call off G6 in Indy and just start Heat vs. Spurs G1 on Saturday night?— Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) May 31, 2013
Indiana’s critics are now silent. Paul George matched James—who produced a 29-point outing—finishing with 28 points, eight rebounds and five assists while shooting 3-of-5 from three-point territory.
Who is more to blame for the Heat's Game 6 defeat?
James did more than enough for the Heat to be headed to the championship, but Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh were outshined by Roy Hibbert and David West. Wade and Bosh combined for just 15 points and six boards on the evening. Hibbert alone finished with 24 points and 11 boards and West added 11 and 14.
As a team, the Pacers out-rebounded Miami 53-33.
Neither team has won back-to-back ballgames in the first six contests, as the series shifts back to American Airlines Arena.
David Daniels is a breaking news writer at Bleacher Report and a news editor at Wade-O Radio.