The Miami Heat take a 3-2 series lead as they win Game 5 in a blowout against the Indiana Pacers at the American Airlines Arena 115-83. Game 6 will be played in Indianapolis on May 25 as the Heat have the opportunity to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals, while the Pacers would look to force a Game 7 back in Miami on May 27.
LeBron James led the Heat with a double-double 30 points and 10 rebounds with 8 assists. Dwayne Wade added 28 points, 3 rebounds and 2 steals. Shane Battier added 13 points and 3 rebounds. Udonis Haslem off the bench added 10 points and 6 rebounds. Mario Chalmers added 8 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists. Joel Anthony blocked 4 shots with 7 points and 5 rebounds.
Paul George led the Pacers with 11 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals. Danny Granger scored 10 points, but left the game in the 3rd quarter after suffering a sprained left ankle in the 2nd quarter. David West also scored 10 points with 4 rebounds. Roy Hibbert added 8 points and 12 rebounds. Tyler Hansbrough and Darren Collison also scored 8 points each.
2012 NBA Playoffs Bracket (as of 11:02 PHT)
WESTERN CONFERENCE FINALS
#1 Spurs vs #2 Thunder
Game 1: May 28, 8:30 am PHT Channel TBD
#4 Celtics vs #8 76ers (Celtics lead series 3-2)
Game 6: May 24, 8:00 am PHT on NBA Premium TV
#2 Heat vs #3 Pacers (Heat lead series 3-2)
Game 6: May 25, 8:00 am PHT on NBA Premium TV