The Miami Heat took control of Game 7 in the 2nd quarter with a 33 to 16 run and never released their grip, bulldozing through the Indiana Pacers and earning a trip to the NBA Finals for the third straight season, this time against the San Antonio Spurs. The final score - 99-76.
The Pacers were led by 18 points and 8 rebounds from Roy Hibbert. Paul George had a really rough night, giving up 32 points to LeBron James and fouling out early in the 4th quarter. George also had trouble offensively, with James hounding him and allowing only 7 points on 2-of-9 shots.
The three areas of the game the Pacers needed to dominate to win and advance to the team's first Finals since 2000 were all areas the Heat excelled. In addition to Hibbert and George being outplayed by James and Dwyane Wade (21 points - his first 20-point game since Round 1), Indiana was out-rebounded 43 to 36 and committed nearly twice as many turnovers (21 to 11) as the defending champs. Simply put, the Gold Gang came up short.
Come back later this week for a 2012-13 season recap and a look forward to the 2013-14 season.