Friday, May 25th, 2012 at 9:00 am  |  63 responses

Dwyane Wade and LeBron James Too Much for the Indiana Pacers

by Marcel Mutoni @marcel_mutoni

In the end, the greatness of LeBron James and Dwyane Wade prevailed.

Regardless of whatever advantage the Indiana Pacers may have thought they had going into last night — an injured Chris Bosh, a jacked-up home crowd, suspensions to two Heat players — the sheer talent and relentless dominance of Wade and James was simply too much to overcome, and Miami is now on its way back to the Eastern Conference Finals.

From the AP:

Wade scored 41 points, James added 28 and the Heat finished off the once-frisky Indiana Pacers 105-93 in Game 6 Thursday night, advancing to face either Boston or Philadelphia in the next round.

“They’re going to be tough to beat by anybody,” Indiana coach Frank Vogel said. [...] Over the course of three dazzling games, James scored 98 points, grabbed 34 rebounds and dished out 24 assists. Wade had 99 points, 22 rebounds and 11 assists. Chris Bosh, sidelined by an abdominal injury, wasn’t missed at all. “In the regular season, we’ve had some good games,” Wade said. “But I don’t know if we’ve ever had three in a row like that in the playoffs, the way we played off each other.” [...] One week earlier, Miami was down 2-1 after getting thumped 94-75 in Indianapolis. The fired-up Pacers had another game on their home court and a chance to build a commanding lead. Wade and James simply refused to let it happen. “We understand that when Chris went out, we had to step up,” D-Wade said. “The team looked to us to lead.”

This has to be especially satisfying for Dwyane Wade, who struggled early on in the series against Indy, and came under intense criticism despite knee trouble. Wade turned back into his dominant self and displayed the kind of confidence (on and off the court) that make this Miami Heat such a scary opponent.

Until Chris Bosh returns from his abdominal strain injury, LeBron James and Dwayne Wade will have to continue playing at this insanely high level. Anyone dare to doubt them now?

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  • http://www.slamonline.com Cheryl


  • SixURRRS

    It’s funny—-Danny Granger had a quote for everyone this whole entire series but now it seems like he ducked out on reporters last night. Didn’t shake hands either. You can talk trash to the fish now, Danny.

  • Rik Smits Mullet

    Lets roll heat.Hope BOSH gets back soon.

  • BlackStar

    As amazing as Bron and Wade are playing, they better PRAY they don’t meet the Spurs in the Finals. Popovich and that uber-deep team will find a way to slow them down and make them work hard on defense. The Heat have a better chance against OKC if you ask me …

  • Ken

    LeBron and Dwyane combined for 69 points..
    Luke Walton and Kobe combined for 81…

  • Da-Meat-Hook

    DWade’s “Euro-Step” is lethal

  • BlackStar

    @Ken – Lol … That Walton-Bryant tandem is serious!

  • SixURRRS

    Ken, that was against a YMCA squad for all intents and purposes. This was against a 3 seed!

  • http://www.fullc0urtpress.com KHOLIDAY05

    I am a firm believer in not giving the Heat an Eastern Conference Championship until they actually win it, but these boys been ballin! D Wade just went off last night. When no one is talking about a guy that had 28, 7, and 6, (LEBRON) you know the other team didnt have a chance! Scary when the MVP can be the second option on any given night!

  • T-Money

    i remember when bron didn’t shake hands with orlando a couple of years ago and it was a huge story. funny how no one seems to mind anymore. / spo figured out that involving wade and lebron in as many successive ball screens as possible was probably a good idea. better late than never, i guess.

  • AT33

    DWade proved it again that the Heat will go only so far as DWade will take them. DWade is better than LeBron. DWade is the best player in the NBA. It’s a scandal they don’t put him in the All-NBA 1st team!

  • def80s

    let’s hope no injuries come along cause they are playing so many minutes.
    Anyhow keep firing till that chips comes!

  • R32

    If they Heat play with the same swagger once UD and Bosh return, it could be a special Playoff run. Great to see Mike Miller hit confident 3′s, especially that triple 2 feet beyond the arc over David West. Range!

  • http://www.soundcloud.com/tray-5 T-Ray

    These guys are scary good. I’m sure the talk about them not being able to play together simmer downed?

  • R32

    With LBJ and Wade playing like this, combined with returns of UD and Bosh, Miami could make a very special Playoff run. Great to see Mike Miller hit confident 3′s, especially that one triple 2 feet beyond the arc over David West. Range!

  • http://www.dimemag.com Showtime

    TWO Words : Wade County….That how the best Sg plays & that how the shooting % should look like,hint…hint

  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    agree with blackstar, spurs r too deep for them, they can try to out gun okc though

  • Rik Smits Mullet


    you got a pretty selective memory its just 3 games ago dwade put up 5 points. and 2 games ago Lebron put up a stat line that wasnt seen in the playoffs for 30 years. Miami goes as far as LEBRON JAMES takes them.

  • Sizzle

    LMAO at all the morons that said Wade was “done” and had “nothing left in the tank.”

  • Chore


  • LA Huey

    co-sign T-Money. He did it the year before against Boston too. Media only made that a story because LBJ blew them off in the post-game presser after the ’09 ECF. I’m with JVG though, no problem with guys if they decide to shake hands or not after a playoff series concluded.

  • MeloMan15

    Danny Granger is the most overrated player in basketball

  • LP

    OH! Dwade goes for 40 and now he is the best player in the league….??? why couldn’t this be done against Dallas last year??? whats the difference now?? tell me. How are wade and Lebron going for 69 and destroying 4th quarters now, but not 1 year ago, when lebron was passing the ball around the horn, looking for teammates to make plays???? what has changed?? just a thought..

  • ash

    D Wade played very well. His aggresiveness was part of the win. Battier defense on West and Anthoby defense on Hibbert was a major plus. As well as Chalmers 12pts and Miller 15 pts and 22 turnovers committed by Pacers. If Miami can get 12 to 15 pts from 2 role players consistently they can win it all.

  • http://abcnews.com charliewinning

    LOL@ Wade being the best player in the league after one game of being the most dominant player on his team.


    LP – Experience of playing together. The hate is just oozin out of you. Its ok though.

  • Ldub

    IDK why they cant put up crazy #’s like this when Bosh is in the game. They all need to be a little more selfish. 27,8,7 for LBJ, 25,6,4 for Wade and 19,9,2 for Bosh. Thats 71,23 and 13. When this trio, it should be quite easy. Movement, off the ball, and ball movement is the key.

  • PR

    R.I.P. Bosh….

  • http://nba.com GP23

    The Heat don’t even need Bosh. Trade him for a Point Guard I reckon.

  • http://nba.com GP23

    ^ or a Center

  • Sparker

    i don’t know. i’m happy miami won and all, but i question how much the pacers even wanted it last night. they were either hypnotized by wade’s play (a distinct possibility) or just plain ready to get out of the kitchen. i mean, for long periods, they weren’t even running up and down the floor. this will not occur against the spurs, who are deeper, more determined and better coached. worse for heat fans (me included), wade and lebron have just gone though an experience that tells them that iso offence can trump team basketball. and we all remember how that worked out against dallas.


    chris bosh for dwight howard!

  • DWOD

    Dwyane Wade OR DIE. <3

  • http://www.soundcloud.com/tray-5 T-Ray

    To be fair the chemistry was never really there between the two and now they seem to feed off one another better with baseline movement and back screens.

  • Key_34

    I don’t think Coach Spo is even responsible for Wade and James playing better together and having more movement on offense. I always thought it was funny Wade went back to Crean (his college coach of NINE yrs ago) to get back “on track”. So Wade goes back to Crean to watch film and critique his game on an off day and a day later you see wade and james playing off each other with more motion on Offense? Coincidence? I’m not sure anymore.

  • http://slamonline.com Tae

    Crean to Miami???

  • LP

    OK listen. 3 good games. Fine. Thats nice. Im not impressed. I want to see it against the Spurs/Thunder. Obviously, they will move past Boston AGAIN. LeBron and Wade (Lebron in particular) play like this when they KNOW they can’t be beat by the inferior team. That’s why when the Heat are up 12+ points, it seems like Lebron makes every shot. NO hate, LBJ is the best in the league, but I WANNA SEE THIS IN THE FINALS….

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    Actually..the Pacers aren’t an “inferior” team, from top to bottom they are better than the Heat (especially without Bosh) but MIA won because they have the two best players.

  • baller23

    Co-sign with LP! right on target.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    It is funny how Bron’s 28,6 and 7 is so ho-hum. Dude had a subpar game and put up ridiculous numbers for most players. Crazy.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    ^ I was thinking about that yesterday when they were saying Bron “took a back seat” to Wade last night. Like, well sh*t, I have never taken the back seat during a game and put up 28 7 6 – I should try that.

  • T-Money

    28-6-7 on 50+ shooting is subpar, word? lol the standards are getting ridiculous.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    That’s a subpar game for LeBron because he puts that up most nights.

  • Da-Meat-Hook

    Lebron had a par night

  • LA Huey

    Yeah, a very pedestrian line from LBJ. Just goes to show, talking heads put a premium on buckets but don’t give an ish about a superstars’ boards (unless you’re Kevin Love), dimes (unless you’re Steve Nash), blocks, steals (unless you’re Chris Paul) etc. Yet they love to talk about “doing the little things”.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    lmfao @ ken.

  • IamYOU

    After the Pacers loss, Granger went to a voodoo expert. He got some of lebron’s beard. Now you know what’s gonna happen’s next.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Nick Tha Quick

    The Pacers were a Lebron-travel away from forcing Game 7.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Redd

    Really happy the Pacers lost, I mean look at David West, he was a douche to his own fans post game. Lets go Celtics now.

  • Brahsef


    When Bron put down 27,19,10 as a cav in game 6 against the Celtics people said he had a bad day and quit. The man has to perform at a supernatural level to quiet the haters.

  • http://www.slamonline.com aman from arkansas

    When Eric Gordan comes to Pacer next year the Heat won’t survive. Pacers haters here comes there superstar!!

  • Phil da Windmill

    The pacers played like some hoez Larry Bird knew these dudes was weak from the jump.I bet Danny Granger looks back at the tape of him getting all in lebron and d.wade’s face and smacks himself in the dome cause he looked 100% lame out there doing it.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Redd

    “there superstar”…oh ok. LOL

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    THAR SHE BLOWS, there superstar…

  • LA Huey

    Non-elite teams like the Pacers have no haters…Sorry, to burst your bubble

  • http://facebook.com/tronjohnson Chief

    Man that was a bad-a$$ beat down, the pacers had no answers and no plays for the playoffs, so many turnovers, their advantage in the post was null and void mang.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    I only say subpart because he was clearly more of a co pilot than dominant force. He didn’t impose his will the entire game just in spurts. I guess su par should have been “quiet”.

  • 602Shorty

    They Won’t Win the Chip IF they Have 2 play that way every game,,,,,,They Need help

  • http://facebook.com/tronjohnson Chief

    Man if Wade is killin em softly like he did in that game call in help for the other team.
    Call in the national guard cause it will be a massacre. If it’s San Antonio LeBron needs to Kill them…send them in a body bag and scream remember the ALAMO. If it’s OKC they need to show the young ones what it takes to play on that stage a.k.a. Wade doing what he did to the Pacers.

  • http://www.nba.com danfields

    the thunder and spurs are simply better as a team. no matter how good the big two or three of miami might be, their role players cant create their own shots or score constantly. the heat got deeps holes in their roster at the 5 and 1. great teams like okc or the spurs will exploit that because they are well ballanced. the pacers are a ballanced team too and we saw the heat strugling against them at times. in the finals they will find themselves against a ballanced team (thunder or spurs) at a much higher level than the pacers. this is also the reason why dallas beat them last season. plus: it doesnt only take great skills to succeed at the highest level, it also takes character and greatness. james absolutely lacks these “soft skills” and i dont know if im wrong but it looks to me as if wade changed for the worst in these aspects since james joined him at the heat roster. i hope they geet blown out in the finals or the conf finals and maybe then re-think their on and off court arrogance. maybe then we (the basketball world outside miami) wouldnt have such a tough time at trying to like them. they are being hated for a reason and unless they dont change we wont really be able to enjoy their on court greatness (skill wise).

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    ^That guy never gets his di$k wet! Lmao!

  • Dankenstein

    Says the guy talking trash on the internet. ^

  • http://Slam Delicious

    Off season for heat.
    1. Get rid of bosh, miller, curry
    2. Sign josh smith
    3. Try for Lamar Odom and Rashad Lewis
    4. Take a Risk on- Kamen, Thabeet or Oden