Pacers down Heat to force Game 7

Updated: June 1, 2013


The Pacers surged ahead in the third
quarter this time.

And when the Miami Heat charged back in the fourth, Roy Hibbert won a showdown
at the rim against LeBron James to swing the momentum and send the series back
to South Beach.

Paul George had 28 points and eight rebounds, while Hibbert added 24 points
and 11 boards in the Pacers’ 91-77 win over the Heat in Game 6 of the Eastern
Conference finals.

After the Heat outscored Indiana by a 30-13 margin in the 12 minutes after
halftime in Game 5, the Pacers held a 29-15 advantage in the third of Game 6
to turn a one-point halftime deficit into a 68-55 cushion heading into the
final frame.

Miami cut the gap to four midway through the fourth and found itself down
77-68 before James drove down the lane and met Hibbert at the rim. James
double clutched, and Hibbert, who jumped straight up from inside the
restricted area, drew an offensive foul when James put his elbow into him.

James and Heat assistant coach David Fizdale were given technical fouls on the
play and George Hill sunk the two freebies to extend the cushion back into
double figures.

Miami never cut the deficit less than 10 the rest of the way.

Game 7 is slated for Monday.