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Heat return to NBA Finals, top Pacers 117-92

  • Indiana Pacers guard Lance Stephenson (1) defends Miami Heat forward LeBron James (6) during the first half Game 6 in the NBA basketball playoffs Eastern Conference finals on Friday, May 30, 2014, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

    Indiana Pacers guard Lance Stephenson (1) defends Miami Heat forward LeBron James (6) during the first half Game 6 in the NBA basketball playoffs Eastern Conference finals on Friday, May 30, 2014, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

  • Indiana Pacers guard Lance Stephenson (1) defends Miami Heat forward LeBron James (6) during the first half Game 6 in the NBA basketball playoffs Eastern Conference finals on Friday, May 30, 2014, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

    Indiana Pacers guard Lance Stephenson (1) defends Miami Heat forward LeBron James (6) during the first half Game 6 in the NBA basketball playoffs Eastern Conference finals on Friday, May 30, 2014, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

  • Indiana Pacers guard Lance Stephenson (1) and Miami Heat forward LeBron James (6) exchange words on the court during the first half Game 6 in the NBA basketball playoffs Eastern Conference finals on Friday, May 30, 2014, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

    Indiana Pacers guard Lance Stephenson (1) and Miami Heat forward LeBron James (6) exchange words on the court during the first half Game 6 in the NBA basketball playoffs Eastern Conference finals on Friday, May 30, 2014, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

  • Indiana Pacers guard Lance Stephenson (1) and Miami Heat forward LeBron James (6) exchange words on the court during the first half Game 6 in the NBA basketball playoffs Eastern Conference finals on Friday, May 30, 2014, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

    Indiana Pacers guard Lance Stephenson (1) and Miami Heat forward LeBron James (6) exchange words on the court during the first half Game 6 in the NBA basketball playoffs Eastern Conference finals on Friday, May 30, 2014, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

  • Miami Heat forward LeBron James, right, and guard Dwyane Wade smile during the second half Game 6 in the NBA basketball playoffs Eastern Conference finals against the Indiana Pacers, Friday, May 30, 2014, in Miami. The Miami Heat defeated the Indiana Pacers 117-92 to advance to the NBA Finals. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

    Miami Heat forward LeBron James, right, and guard Dwyane Wade smile during the second half Game 6 in the NBA basketball playoffs Eastern Conference finals against the Indiana Pacers, Friday, May 30, 2014, in Miami. The Miami Heat defeated the Indiana Pacers 117-92 to advance to the NBA Finals. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

  • Miami Heat forward LeBron James, right, and guard Dwyane Wade smile during the second half Game 6 in the NBA basketball playoffs Eastern Conference finals against the Indiana Pacers, Friday, May 30, 2014, in Miami. The Miami Heat defeated the Indiana Pacers 117-92 to advance to the NBA Finals. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

    Miami Heat forward LeBron James, right, and guard Dwyane Wade smile during the second half Game 6 in the NBA basketball playoffs Eastern Conference finals against the Indiana Pacers, Friday, May 30, 2014, in Miami. The Miami Heat defeated the Indiana Pacers 117-92 to advance to the NBA Finals. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

  • Miami Heat forward LeBron James (6) drives to dunk the ball over Indiana Pacers forward Chris Copeland (22) during the second half Game 6 in the NBA basketball playoffs Eastern Conference finals on Friday, May 30, 2014, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

    Miami Heat forward LeBron James (6) drives to dunk the ball over Indiana Pacers forward Chris Copeland (22) during the second half Game 6 in the NBA basketball playoffs Eastern Conference finals on Friday, May 30, 2014, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

  • Miami Heat forward LeBron James (6) drives to dunk the ball over Indiana Pacers forward Chris Copeland (22) during the second half Game 6 in the NBA basketball playoffs Eastern Conference finals on Friday, May 30, 2014, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

    Miami Heat forward LeBron James (6) drives to dunk the ball over Indiana Pacers forward Chris Copeland (22) during the second half Game 6 in the NBA basketball playoffs Eastern Conference finals on Friday, May 30, 2014, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

  • Miami Heat forward Chris Andersen (11) blocks a shot to the basket by Indiana Pacers forward Chris Copeland (22) during the second half Game 6 in the NBA basketball playoffs Eastern Conference finals on Friday, May 30, 2014, in Miami. Heat forward Rashard Lewis (9) looks on. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

    Miami Heat forward Chris Andersen (11) blocks a shot to the basket by Indiana Pacers forward Chris Copeland (22) during the second half Game 6 in the NBA basketball playoffs Eastern Conference finals on Friday, May 30, 2014, in Miami. Heat forward Rashard Lewis (9) looks on. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

  • Miami Heat forward Chris Andersen (11) blocks a shot to the basket by Indiana Pacers forward Chris Copeland (22) during the second half Game 6 in the NBA basketball playoffs Eastern Conference finals on Friday, May 30, 2014, in Miami. Heat forward Rashard Lewis (9) looks on. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

    Miami Heat forward Chris Andersen (11) blocks a shot to the basket by Indiana Pacers forward Chris Copeland (22) during the second half Game 6 in the NBA basketball playoffs Eastern Conference finals on Friday, May 30, 2014, in Miami. Heat forward Rashard Lewis (9) looks on. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

  • Miami Heat forward LeBron James (6) slaps the ball from Indiana Pacers forward Paul George, center, as Heat forward Rashard Lewis (9) defends during the second half of Game 6 in the NBA basketball playoffs Eastern Conference finals on Friday, May 30, 2014, in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

    Miami Heat forward LeBron James (6) slaps the ball from Indiana Pacers forward Paul George, center, as Heat forward Rashard Lewis (9) defends during the second half of Game 6 in the NBA basketball playoffs Eastern Conference finals on Friday, May 30, 2014, in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

  • Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert (55) blocks a shot to the basket by Miami Heat's LeBron James (6) during the second half Game 6 in the NBA basketball playoffs Eastern Conference finals on Friday, May 30, 2014, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

    Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert (55) blocks a shot to the basket by Miami Heat's LeBron James (6) during the second half Game 6 in the NBA basketball playoffs Eastern Conference finals on Friday, May 30, 2014, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

  • Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert (55) blocks a shot to the basket by Miami Heat's LeBron James (6) during the second half Game 6 in the NBA basketball playoffs Eastern Conference finals on Friday, May 30, 2014, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

    Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert (55) blocks a shot to the basket by Miami Heat's LeBron James (6) during the second half Game 6 in the NBA basketball playoffs Eastern Conference finals on Friday, May 30, 2014, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

  • Indiana Pacers forward David West looks up during the second half Game 6 in the NBA basketball playoffs Eastern Conference finals against the Miami Heat, Friday, May 30, 2014, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

    Indiana Pacers forward David West looks up during the second half Game 6 in the NBA basketball playoffs Eastern Conference finals against the Miami Heat, Friday, May 30, 2014, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

  • Indiana Pacers forward David West looks up during the second half Game 6 in the NBA basketball playoffs Eastern Conference finals against the Miami Heat, Friday, May 30, 2014, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

    Indiana Pacers forward David West looks up during the second half Game 6 in the NBA basketball playoffs Eastern Conference finals against the Miami Heat, Friday, May 30, 2014, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

  • Indiana Pacers forward Paul George, right, and Miami Heat guard Mario Chalmers, center, look back as Pacers guard George Hill (3) loses the ball during the second half of Game 6 in the NBA basketball playoffs Eastern Conference finals on Friday, May 30, 2014, in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

    Indiana Pacers forward Paul George, right, and Miami Heat guard Mario Chalmers, center, look back as Pacers guard George Hill (3) loses the ball during the second half of Game 6 in the NBA basketball playoffs Eastern Conference finals on Friday, May 30, 2014, in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

  • Indiana Pacers forward Paul George, right, and Miami Heat guard Mario Chalmers, center, look back as Pacers guard George Hill (3) loses the ball during the second half of Game 6 in the NBA basketball playoffs Eastern Conference finals on Friday, May 30, 2014, in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

    Indiana Pacers forward Paul George, right, and Miami Heat guard Mario Chalmers, center, look back as Pacers guard George Hill (3) loses the ball during the second half of Game 6 in the NBA basketball playoffs Eastern Conference finals on Friday, May 30, 2014, in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

  • Miami Heat center Chris Bosh reacts after scoring against the Indiana Pacers during the second half of Game 6 in the NBA basketball playoffs Eastern Conference finals on Friday, May 30, 2014 in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

    Miami Heat center Chris Bosh reacts after scoring against the Indiana Pacers during the second half of Game 6 in the NBA basketball playoffs Eastern Conference finals on Friday, May 30, 2014 in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

  • Miami Heat center Chris Bosh reacts after scoring against the Indiana Pacers during the second half of Game 6 in the NBA basketball playoffs Eastern Conference finals on Friday, May 30, 2014 in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

    Miami Heat center Chris Bosh reacts after scoring against the Indiana Pacers during the second half of Game 6 in the NBA basketball playoffs Eastern Conference finals on Friday, May 30, 2014 in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

  • Indiana Pacers forward David West (21) attempts to block a drive to the basket by Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade (3) during the first half Game 6 in the NBA basketball playoffs Eastern Conference finals on Friday, May 30, 2014, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

    Indiana Pacers forward David West (21) attempts to block a drive to the basket by Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade (3) during the first half Game 6 in the NBA basketball playoffs Eastern Conference finals on Friday, May 30, 2014, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

  • Indiana Pacers forward David West (21) attempts to block a drive to the basket by Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade (3) during the first half Game 6 in the NBA basketball playoffs Eastern Conference finals on Friday, May 30, 2014, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

    Indiana Pacers forward David West (21) attempts to block a drive to the basket by Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade (3) during the first half Game 6 in the NBA basketball playoffs Eastern Conference finals on Friday, May 30, 2014, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

  • Miami Heat center Chris Bosh (1) drives to the basket over Indiana Pacers forward Paul George during the first half Game 6 in the NBA basketball playoffs Eastern Conference finals on Friday, May 30, 2014, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

    Miami Heat center Chris Bosh (1) drives to the basket over Indiana Pacers forward Paul George during the first half Game 6 in the NBA basketball playoffs Eastern Conference finals on Friday, May 30, 2014, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

  • Miami Heat center Chris Bosh (1) drives to the basket over Indiana Pacers forward Paul George during the first half Game 6 in the NBA basketball playoffs Eastern Conference finals on Friday, May 30, 2014, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

    Miami Heat center Chris Bosh (1) drives to the basket over Indiana Pacers forward Paul George during the first half Game 6 in the NBA basketball playoffs Eastern Conference finals on Friday, May 30, 2014, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

  • Indiana Pacers head coach Frank Vogel, right, speaks with Pacers forward Paul George (24) during the first half Game 6 in the NBA basketball playoffs Eastern Conference finals against the Miami Heat, Friday, May 30, 2014, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

    Indiana Pacers head coach Frank Vogel, right, speaks with Pacers forward Paul George (24) during the first half Game 6 in the NBA basketball playoffs Eastern Conference finals against the Miami Heat, Friday, May 30, 2014, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

  • Indiana Pacers head coach Frank Vogel, right, speaks with Pacers forward Paul George (24) during the first half Game 6 in the NBA basketball playoffs Eastern Conference finals against the Miami Heat, Friday, May 30, 2014, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

    Indiana Pacers head coach Frank Vogel, right, speaks with Pacers forward Paul George (24) during the first half Game 6 in the NBA basketball playoffs Eastern Conference finals against the Miami Heat, Friday, May 30, 2014, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

  • Miami Heat guard Ray Allen gestures after scoring a three-point basket during the first half Game 6 in the NBA basketball playoffs Eastern Conference finals against the Indiana Pacers, Friday, May 30, 2014, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

    Miami Heat guard Ray Allen gestures after scoring a three-point basket during the first half Game 6 in the NBA basketball playoffs Eastern Conference finals against the Indiana Pacers, Friday, May 30, 2014, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

  • Miami Heat guard Ray Allen gestures after scoring a three-point basket during the first half Game 6 in the NBA basketball playoffs Eastern Conference finals against the Indiana Pacers, Friday, May 30, 2014, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

    Miami Heat guard Ray Allen gestures after scoring a three-point basket during the first half Game 6 in the NBA basketball playoffs Eastern Conference finals against the Indiana Pacers, Friday, May 30, 2014, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

  • Miami Heat guard Ray Allen gestures after scoring a three-point basket during the first half Game 6 in the NBA basketball playoffs Eastern Conference finals against the Indiana Pacers, Friday, May 30, 2014, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

    Miami Heat guard Ray Allen gestures after scoring a three-point basket during the first half Game 6 in the NBA basketball playoffs Eastern Conference finals against the Indiana Pacers, Friday, May 30, 2014, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

  • Miami Heat fans display a large cutout of Indiana Pacers guard Lance Stephenson during the first half Game 6 in the NBA basketball playoffs Eastern Conference finals on Friday, May 30, 2014, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

    Miami Heat fans display a large cutout of Indiana Pacers guard Lance Stephenson during the first half Game 6 in the NBA basketball playoffs Eastern Conference finals on Friday, May 30, 2014, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

  • Miami Heat fans display a large cutout of Indiana Pacers guard Lance Stephenson during the first half Game 6 in the NBA basketball playoffs Eastern Conference finals on Friday, May 30, 2014, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

    Miami Heat fans display a large cutout of Indiana Pacers guard Lance Stephenson during the first half Game 6 in the NBA basketball playoffs Eastern Conference finals on Friday, May 30, 2014, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

  • Miami Heat forward LeBron James, left, blocks a shot to the basket by Indiana Pacers guard George Hill (3), during the first half of Game 6 in the NBA basketball playoffs Eastern Conference finals on Friday, May 30, 2014 in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

    Miami Heat forward LeBron James, left, blocks a shot to the basket by Indiana Pacers guard George Hill (3), during the first half of Game 6 in the NBA basketball playoffs Eastern Conference finals on Friday, May 30, 2014 in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

  • Miami Heat forward LeBron James, left, blocks a shot to the basket by Indiana Pacers guard George Hill (3), during the first half of Game 6 in the NBA basketball playoffs Eastern Conference finals on Friday, May 30, 2014 in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

    Miami Heat forward LeBron James, left, blocks a shot to the basket by Indiana Pacers guard George Hill (3), during the first half of Game 6 in the NBA basketball playoffs Eastern Conference finals on Friday, May 30, 2014 in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

  • Indiana Pacers guard Lance Stephenson (1) defends Miami Heat forward LeBron James (6) during the first half Game 6 in the NBA basketball playoffs Eastern Conference finals on Friday, May 30, 2014, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
  • Indiana Pacers guard Lance Stephenson (1) defends Miami Heat forward LeBron James (6) during the first half Game 6 in the NBA basketball playoffs Eastern Conference finals on Friday, May 30, 2014, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
  • Indiana Pacers guard Lance Stephenson (1) and Miami Heat forward LeBron James (6) exchange words on the court during the first half Game 6 in the NBA basketball playoffs Eastern Conference finals on Friday, May 30, 2014, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
  • Indiana Pacers guard Lance Stephenson (1) and Miami Heat forward LeBron James (6) exchange words on the court during the first half Game 6 in the NBA basketball playoffs Eastern Conference finals on Friday, May 30, 2014, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
  • Miami Heat forward LeBron James, right, and guard Dwyane Wade smile during the second half Game 6 in the NBA basketball playoffs Eastern Conference finals against the Indiana Pacers, Friday, May 30, 2014, in Miami. The Miami Heat defeated the Indiana Pacers 117-92 to advance to the NBA Finals. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
  • Miami Heat forward LeBron James, right, and guard Dwyane Wade smile during the second half Game 6 in the NBA basketball playoffs Eastern Conference finals against the Indiana Pacers, Friday, May 30, 2014, in Miami. The Miami Heat defeated the Indiana Pacers 117-92 to advance to the NBA Finals. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
  • Miami Heat forward LeBron James (6) drives to dunk the ball over Indiana Pacers forward Chris Copeland (22) during the second half Game 6 in the NBA basketball playoffs Eastern Conference finals on Friday, May 30, 2014, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
  • Miami Heat forward LeBron James (6) drives to dunk the ball over Indiana Pacers forward Chris Copeland (22) during the second half Game 6 in the NBA basketball playoffs Eastern Conference finals on Friday, May 30, 2014, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
  • Miami Heat forward Chris Andersen (11) blocks a shot to the basket by Indiana Pacers forward Chris Copeland (22) during the second half Game 6 in the NBA basketball playoffs Eastern Conference finals on Friday, May 30, 2014, in Miami. Heat forward Rashard Lewis (9) looks on. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
  • Miami Heat forward Chris Andersen (11) blocks a shot to the basket by Indiana Pacers forward Chris Copeland (22) during the second half Game 6 in the NBA basketball playoffs Eastern Conference finals on Friday, May 30, 2014, in Miami. Heat forward Rashard Lewis (9) looks on. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
  • Miami Heat forward LeBron James (6) slaps the ball from Indiana Pacers forward Paul George, center, as Heat forward Rashard Lewis (9) defends during the second half of Game 6 in the NBA basketball playoffs Eastern Conference finals on Friday, May 30, 2014, in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
  • Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert (55) blocks a shot to the basket by Miami Heat's LeBron James (6) during the second half Game 6 in the NBA basketball playoffs Eastern Conference finals on Friday, May 30, 2014, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
  • Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert (55) blocks a shot to the basket by Miami Heat's LeBron James (6) during the second half Game 6 in the NBA basketball playoffs Eastern Conference finals on Friday, May 30, 2014, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
  • Indiana Pacers forward David West looks up during the second half Game 6 in the NBA basketball playoffs Eastern Conference finals against the Miami Heat, Friday, May 30, 2014, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
  • Indiana Pacers forward David West looks up during the second half Game 6 in the NBA basketball playoffs Eastern Conference finals against the Miami Heat, Friday, May 30, 2014, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
  • Indiana Pacers forward Paul George, right, and Miami Heat guard Mario Chalmers, center, look back as Pacers guard George Hill (3) loses the ball during the second half of Game 6 in the NBA basketball playoffs Eastern Conference finals on Friday, May 30, 2014, in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
  • Indiana Pacers forward Paul George, right, and Miami Heat guard Mario Chalmers, center, look back as Pacers guard George Hill (3) loses the ball during the second half of Game 6 in the NBA basketball playoffs Eastern Conference finals on Friday, May 30, 2014, in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
  • Miami Heat center Chris Bosh reacts after scoring against the Indiana Pacers during the second half of Game 6 in the NBA basketball playoffs Eastern Conference finals on Friday, May 30, 2014 in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
  • Miami Heat center Chris Bosh reacts after scoring against the Indiana Pacers during the second half of Game 6 in the NBA basketball playoffs Eastern Conference finals on Friday, May 30, 2014 in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
  • Indiana Pacers forward David West (21) attempts to block a drive to the basket by Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade (3) during the first half Game 6 in the NBA basketball playoffs Eastern Conference finals on Friday, May 30, 2014, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
  • Indiana Pacers forward David West (21) attempts to block a drive to the basket by Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade (3) during the first half Game 6 in the NBA basketball playoffs Eastern Conference finals on Friday, May 30, 2014, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
  • Miami Heat center Chris Bosh (1) drives to the basket over Indiana Pacers forward Paul George during the first half Game 6 in the NBA basketball playoffs Eastern Conference finals on Friday, May 30, 2014, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
  • Miami Heat center Chris Bosh (1) drives to the basket over Indiana Pacers forward Paul George during the first half Game 6 in the NBA basketball playoffs Eastern Conference finals on Friday, May 30, 2014, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
  • Indiana Pacers head coach Frank Vogel, right, speaks with Pacers forward Paul George (24) during the first half Game 6 in the NBA basketball playoffs Eastern Conference finals against the Miami Heat, Friday, May 30, 2014, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
  • Indiana Pacers head coach Frank Vogel, right, speaks with Pacers forward Paul George (24) during the first half Game 6 in the NBA basketball playoffs Eastern Conference finals against the Miami Heat, Friday, May 30, 2014, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
  • Miami Heat guard Ray Allen gestures after scoring a three-point basket during the first half Game 6 in the NBA basketball playoffs Eastern Conference finals against the Indiana Pacers, Friday, May 30, 2014, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
  • Miami Heat guard Ray Allen gestures after scoring a three-point basket during the first half Game 6 in the NBA basketball playoffs Eastern Conference finals against the Indiana Pacers, Friday, May 30, 2014, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
  • Miami Heat guard Ray Allen gestures after scoring a three-point basket during the first half Game 6 in the NBA basketball playoffs Eastern Conference finals against the Indiana Pacers, Friday, May 30, 2014, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
  • Miami Heat fans display a large cutout of Indiana Pacers guard Lance Stephenson during the first half Game 6 in the NBA basketball playoffs Eastern Conference finals on Friday, May 30, 2014, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
  • Miami Heat fans display a large cutout of Indiana Pacers guard Lance Stephenson during the first half Game 6 in the NBA basketball playoffs Eastern Conference finals on Friday, May 30, 2014, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
  • Miami Heat forward LeBron James, left, blocks a shot to the basket by Indiana Pacers guard George Hill (3), during the first half of Game 6 in the NBA basketball playoffs Eastern Conference finals on Friday, May 30, 2014 in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
  • Miami Heat forward LeBron James, left, blocks a shot to the basket by Indiana Pacers guard George Hill (3), during the first half of Game 6 in the NBA basketball playoffs Eastern Conference finals on Friday, May 30, 2014 in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

MIAMI — For the entirety of the regular season, the supremacy of the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference was brought into serious question by the Indiana Pacers.

Then came the playoffs.

And the question was answered — emphatically.

The Heat became the third franchise in NBA history to reach the title series in four consecutive seasons, a laugher of a conference-title finale getting them there again Friday night. LeBron James and Chris Bosh each scored 25 points, and Miami eliminated the Pacers for the third straight year with a 117-92 romp in Game 6 of the East championship series.

Dwyane Wade and Rashard Lewis each scored 13 points for Miami, which trailed 9-2 before ripping off 54 of the next 75 points to erase any doubt by halftime. The Heat set a franchise record with their 11th straight home postseason win, going back to the final two games of last season’s NBA Finals, leading by 37 at one point.

Indiana led the East for much of the regular season, one where the Pacers were fueled by the memory of losing Game 7 of the East finals in Miami a year ago. So they spent this season with a clear goal: Toppling Miami as kings of the East.

The Pacers were two games better in the regular season.

They were two games worse in the postseason. Game 7, this time, would have been in Indianapolis. The Pacers just had no shot of making it happen, not on this night.

So now, the Celtics and Lakers have some company.

Until Friday, they were the only teams in NBA history to reach the Finals in four straight years. The Heat have joined them, and their quest for a third straight title starts in either San Antonio or Oklahoma City on Thursday night.

The way they played in Game 6 made a prophet out of Bosh, who predicted Miami would play its best game of the season. The numbers suggested he was right, and then some.

Miami’s largest lead at any point this season, before Game 6, was 36 points. Indiana’s largest deficit of the season had been 35 points.

After a layup by James with 3:39 left in the third, the margin in this one was a whopping 37 — 86-49. James’ night ended not long afterward.

There were the now-requisite Lance Stephenson events, adding intrigue to the first half. The Pacers’ guard walked over to James and tapped him in the face in the opening minutes, stood over him after both got tangled under the basket, and got whistled for a flagrant foul for striking Norris Cole in the head in the second quarter.

It was the end of a memorable series for Stephenson, none of which really had anything to do with basketball. His string of newsworthy moments from these East finals started when he talked about the health of Wade’s knees before the series and reached an apex in Game 5 when he blew into James’ ear and walked into a Heat huddle.

The Heat were bothered by it all, but got the last laugh. Big Brother, again, reigned supreme in this rivalry. And when it was over, Stephenson went out and shook hands with plenty of Heat players, as did the rest of his teammates.

Pacers coach Frank Vogel was using the big brother-little brother analogy earlier in the series, telling the tale of how at some point in every sibling rivalry the younger one has to make a stand.

Indiana thought it would happen now.

The Heat, obviously, had other ideas.

“They’ve won championships,” West said Friday when asked if the Pacers considered themselves Miami’s equal. “No, we’re not equal.”

West said those words about eight hours before game time.

They were in no dispute at night’s end.

Notes: James appeared in what became his 100th playoff victory. ... The Pacers are now 7-12 against Miami in the last three postseasons, and 20-10 against everybody else. ... Wade and Udonis Haslem are going to the NBA Finals for the fifth time in nine seasons — with a 15-67 season on their record during that stretch as well. ... Chris Andersen returned from a thigh injury, scoring nine points and grabbing 10 rebounds in 13 minutes for Miami.

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