By then, Miami was rolling.
James leaned back to catch a slightly wayward pass from Chalmers near the Miami bench, firing it in one motion to Wade for an easy score as the reigning MVP toppled on Heat assistant coach Ron Rothstein. Mike Miller even made the crowd roar for defending Leandro Barbosa and forcing a missed 3-pointer late in the quarter — the highlight there being Miller was playing while missing one sneaker.
When Granger left, it was 56-45. By the end of the quarter, Miami's lead was 76-57, and the margin reached 37 in the final moments.
So now the Heat are one win from the East finals, after a series filled with twists and turns.
"This is our challenge right now, to leave it behind us," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. "A lot of good things tonight, but we have to focus on the next one."
NOTES: Haslem needed nine stitches after Sunday's game to close a cut over his right eye; the Heat distributed 20,000 stickers in homage of the bandage he wore on Tuesday. ... Indiana has not held the lead at any point in the last 1 hour, 5 minutes, 20 seconds of the series. ... Indiana lost consecutive games for the first time in these playoffs. ... The winner of the rebounding battle has won each game of the series. Miami outrebounded Indiana 49-35 in Game 5.
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