(MIAMI) — With all the recent talk about how the Miami Heat were in trouble against the Indiana Pacers without forward Chris Bosh, they’re now just one win away from reaching the Eastern Conference Finals after defeating the Pacers 115-83 in Game 5.
Heat forward Lebron James was dominant again, scoring 30 points while pulling down 10 rebounds and also dished out eight assists. Guard Dwayne Wade also chipped in with 28 points. Unlike in some other games during the series, the Heat got some offensive production from players other than James and Wade, with Shane Battier scoring 13 points.
“This is our challenge right now, to leave it behind us,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said after the win. “A lot of good things tonight, but we have to focus on the next one.”
The game was also marked with physical play from both teams. Heat reserve center Dexter Pittman sent a forearm to the chin of Pacers guard Lance Stephenson and Pacers forward Tyler Hansbrough gave Wade a hard foul, causing Wade to get a cut over his right eye.
Game 6 will be Thursday night in Indiana.
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Jill Martin, CNN