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Heat Beat Pacers, take 3-1 Series Lead

Total domination from start to finish from the Miami Heat, who are now one win away from their fourth straight trip to the NBA Finals. Miami started off hot, going on an 8-0 run to begin the game, and controlling the pace of play throughout the first quarter. Chris Bosh was an unstoppable force early, as he netted 17 first half points on 7-11 shooting.

Despite the first half success Miami only found themselves up by 5 at the half as Paul George hit a late three pointer to close out the 2nd quarter. That would be as close as the Pacers would get though as early turnovers and poor defense led to a third quarter Miami explosion.

Indiana made things slightly interesting in the 4th quarter, going on an 15-3 at one point to cut the lead to 9 late. They couldn't get over the hump though, as a Lance Stephenson controversial charge call late ended any chance of a Pacer comeback. Miami dictated play late in the quarter, and eventually pulled away, winning 102-90

LeBron James led all scorers netting 32 points and 10 rebounds while Chris Bosh put in a surprising 25 points, his playoff high. For Indiana, Roy Hibbert was again a no-show, going 0-4 from the field and David West led Indiana in scoring, with 20 points and 12 boards.

Miami can punch their ticket to the finals on Wednesday in Indiana, tip time at 8:30.

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