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Heat return to NBA Finals, top Pacers 117-92


By TIM REYNOLDS
AP Basketball Writer

MIAMI (AP) -- The Miami Heat are headed to the NBA Finals for the fourth straight season.

LeBron James and Chris Bosh each scored 25 points, and the Heat turned Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals into a laugher, beating the Indiana Pacers 117-92 on Friday night. The Heat led by 37 and eliminated the Pacers for the third straight year.

Miami is the third franchise to make at least four consecutive trips to the Finals, joining the Celtics and Lakers. Dwyane Wade and Rashard Lewis each scored 13 points for the Heat.

Paul George scored 29 points for Indiana, while David West added 16 and Lance Stephenson 11.

Miami will play at either San Antonio or Oklahoma City in Game 1 of the Finals on Thursday night.

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