INDIANAPOLIS, IN -- The Miami Heat are halfway toward their goal of a World Championship.
The Heat eliminated the Indiana Pacers in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals, winning by a final score of 105-93.
Miami was down to players Thursday night due to a one game suspension for Udonis Haslem and a three game suspension for Dexter Pittman, but it did not matter.
Dwyane Wade scored 41 points and pulled down 10 rebounds. LeBron James added 28 Points, 7 assists and 6 rebounds. Mario Chalmers scored 15 points and Mike Miller came off the bench to score 12.
The Heat will face either the Boston Celtics or the Philadelphia 76ers in the Eastern Conference Finals. The Celtics and 76ers play Game 7 of their series Saturday.
In other state sports news:
The Miami Marlins were doubled up at home Thursday, falling to the San Francisco Giants 14-7. San Francisco scored 13 runs between the 6th and 9th innings. Giancarlo Stanton was 3-for-5 from the plate with 3 RBI and a run. Stanton hit a 2-run double in the 8th inning. Anibal Sanchez gave up 5 runs on 7 hits in 5-and-1/3 innings. With the loss, Sanchez falls to 2-3 for the year.
Before Thursday's game, the Marlins placed center fielder Emilio Bonifacio on the disabled list. Bonifacio, who currently leads the National League in stolen bases, will undergo surgery Friday on an injured left thumb and will likely miss 6 weeks. Miami also placed Austin Kearns on the disabled list with a sore hamstring.
Florida is home to two of the best players in the NBA. On Thursday, the league named the 2012 All NBA Team and Miami's LeBron James was the leading vote getter. Orlando's Dwight Howard was also named to the first team. James and Howard have made the All NBA team for each of the past 5 seasons.
In college baseball, No. 2 Florida lost to Vanderbilt 2-1 in the SEC Tournament. No. 21 Miami upset No. 5 North Carolina in the ACC Tournament. UNC skipper Mike Fox was ejected from the game for arguing the game-ending strikeout call. UCF stumbled out of the gate in the Conference USA tournament. The Knights were embarrassed Thursday by the UAB Blazers, losing 15-1. South Florida beat Pittsburgh 12-5 in the Big East tournament.