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Miami Heat earn finals spot for fourth consecutive year

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In 2012 Miami Heat beat Oklahoma City Thunder 4-1 to clinch the NBA championship, a year later Erik Spoelstra's men beat San Antonio Spurs 4-3 to make it two consecutive championships, but now is a three-peat just around the corner for the favourites?

On Friday night Miami clinched their fourth consecutive NBA finals spot by beating Indiana Pacers 117-92; going on to win the Eastern finals series 4-2 at the American Airlines Arena, as now they wait for the chance of facing either Oklahoma City Thunder or the San Antonio Spurs. 

LeBron James managed 25 points on Friday night and after this historic moment the small forward spoke to ESPN and stated how happy and emotional he was at what this team have accomplished so far, but claims there is still so much work to do.

"I'm blessed. Very blessed. Very humbled." James said.

"And we won't take this opportunity for granted. And we know we still have work to do, but we won't take this for granted. We're going to four straight Finals and we will never take this for granted."

Considering the hosts dropped two games in this series, Spoelstra's men have been dominant in these play-offs; beating the Charlotte Bobcats 4-0 in round one, followed by a 4-1 victory over the Brooklyn Nets.

The Indiana Pacers however have come to the end of the road as their season has been eventful, and considering Frank Vogel's men took two games off of Miami it was a difficult team to beat over six games.

After the game shooting guard Lance Stephenson stated to ESPN that there are no regrets from what has happened in this season.

"No regrets. All of us played hard. They were just the better team, and they won."

Throughout the series the Pacers have been causing controversy through flops, trash talk and mind games on the court, and they haven't been afraid of bringing these events to attention of the media.

Miami took control from the tip off with a 24-13 win in the first quarter.

James scored 11 points for the hosts, while for the visitors David West and Stephenson managed six points each.

Chris Bosh then stepped up to help Miami secure the second, scoring 11 points to win the quarter 36-21.

West and Roy Hibbert added six but at half-time the visitors were trailing by 26 points at 60-34.

Paul George tried his best to initiate a fight back for the Pacers scoring 15, but Miami were too dominant securing the third 31-24.

James managed 10 with Bosh scoring eight as now Spoelstra and his side were cruising 91-58 with 12 minutes left to play.

Vogel was frustrated and decided to field his strongest side for the final period, while Spoelstra let the bench players come into the frame but considering the win was imminent it didn't pay off as the Pacers won the fourth 34-26.

George scored 13 points with Chris Copeland adding nine points, while for Heat Toney Douglas and Udonis Haslem both scored six.

Miami can now have a break and re-collect themselves heading into next week, as they have it all to do but will know a three-peat is possible based on their current form. 

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