It was like taking candy from a baby. The defending NBA champions Miami HEAT easily defeated the Indiana Pacers 99-76 in game 7 of the Eastern Conference series Monday night to advance to the NBA Finals against the Western Conference champion San Antonio Spurs.
With the HEAT comfortably in the lead by double digits late in the 4th quarter, Indiana coach Frank Vogel emptied his bench. Reserve forward Jeff Pendergraph -- who played just 3 minutes in the entire series -- wanted to make the most of his 2 minutes in the spotlight.
The 6 ft 9 in. Pendergraph set a hard screen on 6' 2" Heat guard Norris Cole forcing Cole to fight through the screen. Pendergraph shoved Cole who responded by assuming a boxer's stance. Both players were ejected.