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Miami Heat progress to NBA Finals

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Miami Heat progressed into the NBA Finals last night after beating Indiana Pacers in Game 7 by a 99-76 score line.

It will be the Heat's third consecutive NBA Finals and will face the winner of the Western Conference series, San Antonio Spurs.

The Heat and the Pacers had alternated wins until last night with the Heat taking a one-game lead before the Pacers pegging them back on three occasions.

But they had no answer to the Heat's performance last night as they romped to victory in the deciding game.

The best-of-seven series had been full of talking points before Game 7. There had been fines for LeBron James, David West and Lance Stephenson for flopping in Game 4 with James also fouling out towards the end of that match.

But the biggest talking point came after Game 6 when Roy Hibbert was fined $75,000 for his post-match comments.

However, Miami Heat's impressive performance was the only talking point in Game 7. The two teams couldn't be separated in the previous six games with only five points the difference in the aggregate scores.

LeBron James scored 32 points and grabbed eight rebounds helping Dwayne Wade who scored 21 points meaning the Heat claimed their 78th victory of the season.

But it was the Pacers who took the first quarter. They started strongly and finished the first period 21-19 ahead and it looked like it could be a close encounter.

The Heat responded and led at half-time 52-37 before pulling even further away to set up a NBA final clash with San Antonio Spurs and claiming the East Title.

The Heat and the Spurs have already played twice with the Heat winning on both occasions. 

Game 1 of the NBA Final will take place on Thursday in Miami in what should be an enthralling encounter.


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