The NBA suspended Miami's Chris "Birdman" Andersen for tonight's game after he shoved Indiana's Tyler Hansbrough twice in Game 5.
"We're desperate, too," said Miami's LeBron James, right, conferring with Chris Bosh on Thursday. "We're desperate to get back to the NBA Finals."
MIAMI - Standing on the cusp of the NBA Finals has tended to agree with the Miami Heat in each of the last two seasons. When the Heat has gotten a game away from the title round, it has finished the task as quickly as possible.
Indiana's Paul George hangs from the rim after a dunk in Tuesday's game. George finished with 12 points.
Indiana's Lance Stephenson seems oblivious to raucous Pacers fans urging him on after he scored and ended up sitting on the court in the third quarter. Stephenson was 9-for-15 from the field, ending up with 20 points.
INDIANAPOLIS - The Indiana Pacers played desperately Tuesday night.
Roy Hibbert, shooting over Chris Bosh, had 29 points and 10 rebounds as Indiana stole home-court advantage with the win.
Ian Mahinmi looks to score over Chris Andersen during the second half. The visiting Pacers shot 50 percent from the field in the 97-93 victory.
MIAMI - David West punched two passes from LeBron James away in the final minute, then punched the air.
MIAMI - Losing a game at the final buzzer, no less than a playoff game on the road against the reigning NBA champion Miami Heat, would seem to have potential to demoralize the Indiana Pacers.
Miami guard Dwyane Wade, reacting to a dunk against Chicago in Game 5, says his bruised right knee is good enough for him to play tonight.
MIAMI - Dwyane Wade's rookie season ended with a playoff loss to the Indiana Pacers. The next year, the Miami Heat were headed to the Eastern Conference finals and certain that an NBA championship was in their sights.
INDIANAPOLIS - Indiana spent the entire season perfecting its defense.
MIAMI - LeBron James has no idea what he will do for an encore. He offered a simple vow instead.
BOSTON - LeBron James pushed away elimination, right along with any defender who tried to stop him.
Boston point guard Rajon Rondo collides with his Miami counterpart, Mario Chalmers, in the second quarter.
BOSTON - The foul was hard and sudden, and it left Boston center Kevin Garnett flat on his back. He flipped over, put his knuckles to the floor and pressed hard for eight push-ups, the din at TD Garden growing louder with each one.
Although Miami guard Dwyane Wade missed this shot, he drew a sixth foul on Boston's Paul Pierce, who had to sit for the rest of the game.
MIAMI - The biggest postseason comeback in Miami Heat franchise history wasn't enough.