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NBA conference playoff finals: Game 6 round-up

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Game 6 in the respective conference semi finals saw two teams advance to the NBA Finals with 4-2 series victories, we round up the action from the East and the West.

In the East it was the Miami Heat who advanced to the NBA Finals with a 117-92 rout of the Indiana Pacers, giving them a 4-2 win in the series.

The win books Miami's place in their fourth straight Finals, having won the last two of them following a loss to the Dallas Mavericks in 2011.

LeBron James scored 25 points on Friday night as the home side took over and dominated the match from the off. They led by 11 at the end of the first and stretched the lead to 26 at half time and the tie was effectively over.

Another seven was added to the Pacers' deficit after the third although they did gain some pride back in the fourth quarter which they edged by 34-26, although by this time it was too little too late for Paul George and his teammates.

Chris Bosh added 25 of his own as he and James tormented the visiting defence for the entire night, and the Heat extinguished Indiana's playoff hopes for the third straight year. The win was a franchise record 11th straight home postseason win for Miami.

In the title game they will face the San Antonio Spurs for the second year in succession, after they edged out the Oklahoma City Thunder with the help of overtime, although they were missing key man Tony Parker for the entire second half through injury.

The Spurs knew they were up against it from the off as a road side had not yet won a game in the series, but they picked the right moment to blow that statistic into the water.

It took a big effort to keep them in the game though, and thanks to a huge third quarter where they outscored the Thunder by 17 points, they looked to have put one foot in the finals.

MVP Kevin Durant and teammate Russell Westbrook would not go without a fight however, and they pulled it back in the fourth to overturn a 12 point deficit and force a period of overtime in a bid to keep their season alive on their home turf.

The visitors though, were ahead by three win 19 seconds to go but Durant had the chance to level with a 3-pointer. His shot missed and San Antonio took the rebound and Boris Diaw hit one of two free-throws to clinch the victory 112-107.

Winning the series gives the Spurs a chance for revenge after last years dramatic Finals defeat where they were leading the series 3-2 ahead of Game 6. Miami fought back from 10 points behind in the fourth quarter and scraped an overtime win to make it 3-3 and then grabbed the vital Game 7 victory which gave them the title.

Game 1 of the NBA Finals takes place in San Antonio on Thursday night.

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Eastern Conference
Indiana Pacers
Oklahoma City Thunder
Western Conference
NBA Playoffs
San Antonio Spurs
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Miami Heat

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