Pacers: Meet us Monday in Miami!
Meet us Monday in Miami!
The Indiana Pacers forced a seventh game in the series with a 91-77 win over the Miami Heat Saturday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
Paul George led the Pacers charge with a playoff career-high 28 points. He also had eight rebounds and five assists. Hibbert was a force in the middle at both ends with 24 points and 11 rebounds. Hibbert also drew a key charging foul on LeBron James with four minutes left as Miami was making a late run.
James led all scorers with 29 for Miami. But nobody else had more than 10. Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh went a combined 6 of 19 from the field for a combined 15 points.
Miami played without forward Chris Andersen, who was suspended for the game for his altercation with Indiana's Tyler Hansbrough in Game 5. In that game, Andersen knocked Hansbrough to the floor, then pushed him back down as he tried to get up. That suspension left a 6'10" void in the paint.
Pacers forward David West started Game 6, despite being sent home early from the team's morning shoot around after doctors diagnosed him with an upper respiratory infection.
The seventh and deciding game of the Eastern Conference series will be played Monday in Miami. The winner of that game will play the San Antonio Spurs in the NBA Finals.
"We're taking it back to South Beach." That was Roy Hibbert's reaction to the Indiana Pacers forcing a Game 7.
Hibbert's remarks stir controversy
Roy Hibbert used a gay slur in one answer and a curse to refer to the media in another during his news conference following Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals, putting himself in line for being disciplined by the NBA.
Hibbert ended a response to a question about his defense on LeBron James with "no homo." Hibbert had drawn a key charge on James in Indiana's 91-77 victory over Miami on Saturday and lamented not providing enough help to teammate Paul George on James in Game 3.
Hibbert was later asked why he finished so low in voting for Defensive Player of the Year, telling reporters that it was "because y'all (expletive) don't watch us play throughout the year, to tell you the truth."
The center added that he didn't care if he got fined.
Miami - LeBron James 29, Mario Chalmers 10, Dwyane Wade 10
Indiana - Paul George 28, Roy Hibbert 24, George Hill 16
Miami - Joel Anthony 8, LeBron James 7, Chris Bosh 4
Indiana - David West 14, Lance Stephenson 12, Roy Hibbert 11
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