MIAMI What happened: As they often have done over the past two seasons, the Miami Heat made it very interesting.
As they always have done in such situations, they won.
The Heat trailed in their last three series last year en route to the NBA title and they were forced to a Game 7 in these Eastern Conference finals.
But the Heat broke open the game in the second quarter Monday night to defeat the Indiana Pacers resoundingly 99-76 at AmericanAirlines Arena and claim their third straight East crown. Next up is San Antonio Spurs in the NBA Finals, which start Thursday in Miami.
Forward LeBron James led the Heat with 32 points and guard Dwyane Wade added 21 points and nine rebounds. Miami also got eight rebounds from Chris Bosh, more than hes had in any of the previous eight games.
Wade and Bosh had been much maligned for their recent struggles. But both stepped up Monday.
The Heat trailed 21-19 after the first quarter. But they outscored the Pacers 33-16 in the second quarter t...