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>> Pacers Coach Frank Vogel said he expects David West to be in the lineup and able to carry his usual share of minutes tonight despite an upper respiratory infection that caused the veteran power forward to be sent home from the morning shootaround.

“We’re not anticipating anything other than the fever broke and he’s going to play,” Vogel said. “We’ll play with the normal plan. If I see something or if I notice that he’s struggling then we’ll make decisions at that point but what’d Apollo Creed say in Rocky? ‘Don’t stop this fight.’ I think I’d have a hard time pulling him out of the game.”

>> With Chris Andersen serving a one-game NBA suspension for his assault on Hansbrough in Game 5, look for veteran Joel Anthony to play a bigger role off the bench, although he won’t automatically step back into his old role. Anthony has made three appearances totaling seven minutes in the series.

“Everything’s on the table tonight and we won’t hesitate to make any decision based on the flow of the game,” Miami Coach Erik Spoelstra said in his pregame media briefing. “Joel Anthony will get some of those minutes initially and he’s more than capable. We won a championship with him in that role last year. He’s been a starter for us, so this is not his first rodeo in this regard.”

NBA.com/Stats ‏@nbastats
In @Pacers 2 wins v. MIA, combo of Hill-Stephenson avg. 33.5 PTS w/ an effective FG% of 55.2%. In 3 Losses: 14.3 PTS, 31.0% eFG%

Ira Winderman ‏@IraHeatBeat
Bosh was wearing an extra wrap on his sprained right ankle pregame. It remains an issue.

>> A couple of statistical tidbits to ponder as we wait for the tipoff: the Pacers have lost Game 6 the last seven times they have trailed in the series 3-2, while Miami has won four straight under the same circumstances; this is the Pacers’ first June game since June 1, 2004, when they lost Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals in Detroit.

NBA Guru ‏@NBAGuru
Spoelstra’s last words to his guys in the locker room, “Come out like lions and get it TONIGHT!”

NBA.com/Stats ‏@nbastats
Lance creating his own shot key: In IND’s 10 Playoff Wins, 56.3% of his 48 FGM were unassisted. In 7 L’s, just 31.3% of only 16 total FGM

>> As we prepare for tipoff, consider these words from Roy Hibbert: “It’s about effort. It’s about who wants it more, who wants to get that offensive rebound, who wants to get that blocked shot, who wants to get the loose ball. We just have to come out with more determination. It’s not anything the coaches can tell us, it’s about what’s in here. It’s lose or go home right now.”

Eye on Basketball ‏@EyeOnBasketball
“Lot of talk about this being an elimination game. Wipe that out of your mind. You are TWO WINS. From the NBA FINALS.” – Vogel pre-game

FIRST QUARTER

>> Pacers look tight early, short-arming a couple of shots and throwing tentative passes, but Paul George gets them going with a couple of transition buckets. Miami leads 10-8 at the first timeout at 5:46.

TurnerSportsPR ‏@TurnerSportsPR
On @NBAonTNT @ReggieMillerTNT on the Pacers’ start in the 1st Q: “The Pacers need to just slow down and settle down…offensively.”

>> Roy Hibbert scores three in a row to put the Pacers up 12-10 but a technical foul on Lance Stephenson by Tony Brothers — honestly, I have no idea why, it was at the far end of the court — takes the air out of the building for a couple of minutes and Mario Chalmers hits his second three of the quarter to put Miami back in front 14-12. Game’s tempo is slow, neither team shooting well but Pacers showing early signs of establishing dominance on the boards.

>> George smokes the rim twice with strong dunks, but each time James answers with a right-back-at-you 3-pointer. After the second dunk, which was particularly nasty, George celebrated under the bucket while James sprinted back and got an open look.

>> Miami leads 23-21 after one as the Heat hits 6-for-7 from the 3-point line, including a couple from James, who has 10. Pacers have 9 apiece from George and Hibbert, who are a combined 8-for-11. Indiana up 15-9 on the boards.

SECOND QUARTER

Pacers first-half shot chart: Note the poor shooting inside.

Pacers first-half shot chart: Note the poor shooting inside.

>> Pacers didn’t attempt a 3-pointer in the first quarter but make two in a row, by Sam Young (!) and George Hill, and Hill follows with a fast-break layup to give Pacers an 10-0 run and a 31-25 lead. Miami misses nine of its first 10 shots of the quarter, five in a row during the Pacers’ run.

>> Ray Allen and Norris Cole, Miami’s backup backcourt, turn things around by combining for all of the points in an 11-2 counter that puts the Heat up 36-33. The Pacers’ bench has been outscored in 15 straight games, and it well on the way to making it 16.

>> Interestingly, Miami’s run came with James on the bench, and when he returns the Pacers score six in a row to re-take the lead. James closes the half with a dunk to give the Heat a 40-39 lead at the break. Heat outscored by eight points with James on the floor, though he scored 14 points on 6-14 shooting.

>> George and Hibbert have 13 apiece, both on 6-11 shooting, for the Pacers, but West is really struggling and has missed all seven of his shots. Pacers up 27-23 on the boards, 20-14 in the paint and 12-8 on the fast break.

Mark Boyle ‏@Mark_J_Boyle
Menace missed a variety of dunk and layups in the first half, probably leaving at least a dozen points on the rim. Monolith by one at recess

THIRD QUARTER

>> This time, the Pacers come out of the locker room on a mission, keyed by the defense. The Pacers do a much better job running the Heat off the 3-point line and when Miami’s shooters penetrate, they run into the teeth of the interior defense. While Miami misses 10 of its first 11 shots, Pacers put together a 12-0 run to take a 53-42 lead with 5:48 left. Hibbert has five in the run, including a thunder-dunk over Joel Anthony, who just subbed in when Udonis Haslem picked up his fourth foul.

>> Pacers’ domination extends throughout the period as their run grew to 25-7 and the lead to 17 points before James made free throws on consecutive possessions in the closing seconds to cut the margin to 68-55 entering the quarter. Hibbert and George had nine each in the quarter for the Pacers, who shot 12-17 and outrebounded Miami 13-4. If not for nine turnovers, this game might already be over.

>> Miami, meanwhile shot 4-16 and had six turnovers. The worst plus-minus of all the players in this game thus far belongs to James, who is minus-22 in 31 minutes.

Chris Mannix ‏@ChrisMannixSI
One day, Indiana will stop turning the ball over so much. And they will be a juggernaut.

NBA.com/Stats ‏@nbastats 1m
.@Pacers outscored Heat 29-15 in that 3rdQ. Indy hit 8-of-12 shots in the paint while holding Miami to 0-for-7 in that zone

ESPN Stats & Info ‏@ESPNStatsInfo
The Pacers outscored the Heat 16-0 in the paint in the 3rd quarter.

FOURTH QUARTER

>> Heat cut it to 10 without making a bucket, scoring seven in a row at the free throw line. Indiana turnovers continue to stunt the home team’s momentum. With 9:14 to go, Pacers have 18 miscues but lead 68-58.

>> Miami’s run continues to 17-4 thanks to a reach deep down the bench for Mike Miller, who limps in and hits consecutive 3-pointers. After James scores twice in a row on strong drives, it’s down to 72-68 with 5:53 left as Pacers have missed 6-8 shots and committed 3 more TOs in the opening minutes.

>> George stops the bleeding with a 3-pointer and it’s 75-68 with 5:05 remaining. Timeout for everyone to take a deep breath.

Leandro Barbosa ‏@TheBlur_Barbosa
The end of this 4th will be on fire….lets see who can take care of the ball better!!!

>> James completely loses his composure and costs his team dearly. Called for an offensive foul when he drove into the vertical Hibbert, James sprinted downcourt with a look of disbelief on his face, a foolishly selfish display that earns a technical foul as well as another on assistant coach David Fizdale, who was reacting from the bench. George Hill makes both free throws with 4:18 left, and then Hibbert scores inside on the ensuing possession and the Pacers’ lead is up to 81-68 as Spoelstra takes a timeout with 3:55 remaining.

Jack McCallum ‏@McCallum12
LeBron did get a T, but the good news is that he did break the world 30-meter record

>> No comeback from Miami tonight. George drives home the final nail with a 3-pointer that makes it 88-73 with 1:22 remaining. There will be a Game 7 Monday night in Miami and that could well be one for the ages.

>> Final score: Indiana 91, Miami 77. George scores 28 with 8 rebounds, 5 assists and 6 turnovers. Hibbert has 24 points and 11 boards. Hill has 16 points and 6 assists, and West plays through his illness and produces 11 points and 14 rebounds. Pacers shot 50 percent, outrebounded Miami 52-32 but committed 21 turnovers.

>> James scores 29 with 7 rebounds and 6 assists for Miami but got little help. Wade scored 10 on 3-11 shooting, Bosh 5 on 1-8 shooting. Heat shot 36 percent.

>> That was a remarkable, impressive performance by the Pacers, who are one victory away from their second trip to the NBA Finals.

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2 Responses to Pacers-Heat Game 6 LIVE blog

  1. The Pacers are missing way too many shots so far. They are fortunate to be ahead. They need to be more accurate. David West is having an especially off shooting night. I just heard he is 0-6.

  2. Great 3rd quarter. Let’s keep it going, Pacers! Finish strong!

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