The Miami Heat handed the Indiana Pacers a 115-83 mauling to move within one victory of reaching the Eastern Conference finals in the National Basketball Association playoffs.
The Heat led 49-40 at halftime and extended the advantage to 19 points with one quarter to play at AmericanAirlines Center in Miami. LeBron James led the home team with 30 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists, while Dwyane Wade contributed 28 points. Miami made 61 percent of its field-goal attempts.
“This was a total team effort,” Wade said in a televised interview. “But it’s good for me to get two games in a row like this.”
Miami leads the best-of-seven series by three games to two and can eliminate the Pacers with a victory in Indianapolis in Game 6 on May 24.
The series winner will play the Boston Celtics or the Philadelphia 76ers for a place in the NBA Finals. That series resumes tomorrow in Philadelphia with the Celtics leading 3-2 in games.
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