The Heat bounced back from an out-of-sync effort in Game 5 and took control of the game early. LeBron James scored 11 points in the first quarter, setting to tone for the defending champions as they marched back to basketball’s biggest stage.
James finished the night with 25 points along with six assists and four rebounds. He attacked the Pacers’ defense early, not allowing himself to get out of rhythm or into foul trouble as he did in his last outing. James connected on eight of his 12 field goal attempts and all nine of his free-throw attempts.
The “Big Three” were great as they closed out Indiana. Chris Bosh found his shooting stroke again, scoring 25 points while grabbing eight rebounds. Dwyane Wade sneakily had a great all-around game, scoring 13 points along with six rebounds and six assists. Miami led by as many as 37 points, looking like a championship-ready team as they dismantled the NBA’s best defense.
Lance Stephenson continued aggravating the Heat and James, smacking James in the face in the first quarter. He was also called for a flagrant foul after slapping Norris Cole in the face while chasing a loose ball. Stephenson finished the night with 11 points.
Paul George couldn’t build on the huge fourth-quarter performance he put on in Game 4. He didn’t make a single field goal through the first half, but ended the night with a game-high 29 points. The Pacers’ offense struggled, scoring just 13 points in the first quarter and a total of 35 points in the first half.