2013 NBA Eastern Conference Finals
AmericanAirlines Arena - Miami, Fl.
8:30 p.m. EST
June 3, 2013
After all of the chaos -- Paul George's clutch shot, LeBron's buzzer beater, the flopping and the profane press confereces -- the Miami Heat and Indiana Pacers meet one more time in Game 7 to see who will take on the rested San Antonio Spurs in the NBA Finals.
"Each and every year there are 30 teams that would love to be a part of this, to have one game to advance to the NBA Finals," James said before the final game of the Eastern Conference finals, via the Associated Press. "And there's two teams that's in this position. And it's something that you can't substitute, this feeling. You can't substitute the atmosphere that we're going to be in on Monday night for both teams. We should all cherish this moment."
While James has been in MVP form during the postseason, he hasn't had much help from the other two members of Miami's Big Three in recent games. LeBron has outscored Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh combined four times against Indiana and the Heat are just 1-3 in those games.
Will Roy Hibbert, David West and George be able to shut down Miami one more time? Or will LeBron lead the Heat to the NBA Finals for the third year in a row?
Scroll down for live updates.
Since The Decision, Heat have won every playoff series in which they didn't mock Dirk for having a cold.— Henry Abbott (@TrueHoop) 6 years ago
Hansbrough's begrudging "handshake" with Andersen, who sought him out, was interesting to say the least. Tyler was there under protest— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) 2 years ago
Game 7 is over. Heat win 99-76. Heat are back in the finals for the third straight year.
LeBron is averaging 33.8 PPG in Game 7s in his career, the highest average among all players with at least 2 games played.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) 3 years ago
Jeff Pendergraph and Norris Cole suddenly went at it with some physical play. Pendergraph shoved Cole, both jawed at each other and both were ejected. They're still talking to each other. Cole didn't do much to get ejected. Spoelstra just walked up to the ref and while laughing, asked "What did Norris Cole do?" Then he laughed at the ref's explanation.
Officials now setting up a rope perimeter for the Eastern Conference championship trophy celebration. Yes, there actually is such a thing.— Ira Winderman (@IraHeatBeat) 4 years ago
Birdman was hunting wild hogs in January. Thursday he'll be in the Finals.— chris palmer (@ESPNChrisPalmer) 4 years ago
Dwyane Wade with his first 20-point game since April 23. Timing was impeccable.— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) 2 years ago
LeBron is out of the game and leaves to a standing ovation. If he's out for good, he finishes with 38 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals and a block.
Paul George had a terrific postseason. Big things coming from this kid.— chris palmer (@ESPNChrisPalmer) 4 years ago
LeBron drives to his right and finds Cole on the left wing and he swishes a 3. 89-63 Miami. LeBron has 32 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists.
LeBron draws another shooting foul and makes both. 86-61 Miami. LeBron has 32.
Suddenly, in Wade vs. Ginobili, it looks like Dwyane might be the more mobile of the two.— Ira Winderman (@IraHeatBeat) 4 years ago
Paul George commits his sixth foul and now he is gone. AmericanAirlines Arena playing "Hit The Road Jack" by Ray Charles. Pacers coach Frank Vogel gives him a hug on his way to the bench.
LeBron James is back at the free throw line. He makes 1 of 2. 80-61 Miami. That's his first miss from the free throw line. Then he went down and nailed a jumper just inside the 3-point arc. Now he has 30 points.
Three fouls in 3:01 for Gerald Green. Not letting this time go to waste.— Zach Lowe (@ZachLowe_NBA) 4 years ago
Huge factor: Heat are 23-24 (96%) from the line. LeBron is 12-12.— chris palmer (@ESPNChrisPalmer) 4 years ago
Stephenson gets into the paint and finds Hibbert down low for a two-handed dunk. 78-59 Miami.
George Hill drives the baseline and makes a running jumper. That Indiana's first field goal in nearly 5 minutes.
LeBron gets the ball on the right wing and buries a long 2. 78-55 Miami.
Educated guess is Battier gets back in the rotation in the Finals, should Heat hold on, but MIA rotation definitely in a bit of flux now.— Zach Lowe (@ZachLowe_NBA) 4 years ago
Might have been an idea to have LeBron guard Paul George earlier in the series.— Henry Abbott (@TrueHoop) 6 years ago
The Heat have tremendous respect for San Antonio's players, coach and organization. It will be only about the basketball.— Ethan J. Skolnick (@EthanJSkolnick) 4 years ago
LeBron made both free throws to make it 76-55 Miami heading into the fourth quarter.
Indiana closed the quarter with 8 missed field goal attempts in the final 4:26.
LeBron holds for the last shot of the quarter, drives to his right, switches directions and draws a foul on Paul George. That's 5 on him. Both Hibbert and Paul George have 5 fouls heading into the fourth quarter...
Pacers are showing their frustration with hard fouls and bad fouls. Paul George just committed a foul on Birdman after failing to get an offensive rebound. He only has seven points tonight.
Well Indiana, you've had a nice season.
What time does Game 1 start on Thursday?— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) 4 years ago
Spurs can book those tickets to Miami.— chris palmer (@ESPNChrisPalmer) 4 years ago
CNN has just declared this game over.— Bob Kravitz (@bkravitz) 4 years ago
Wade has burned Stephenson on that exact cut at least a half-dozen times this series. Just hasn't been able to finish till tonight.— Zach Lowe (@ZachLowe_NBA) 4 years ago