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The Pacers looked potentially feisty for about eight minutes there Monday in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals before a few mega-dunks got the Heat started on a roll that never slowed en route to an easy win.

Indiana got off to a torrid start and led most of the first quarter before LeBron James threw down a thunderous putback dunk to give the Heat a slim 15-14 lead with 4:16 to go in the quarter.

After slamming home the Mario Chalmers miss, LeBron shook and shimmied while hanging on the rim as the Miami crowd got going for the first time:

 

Shortly thereafter, it was Dwyane Wade's turn, off a turnover:

 

And then it was — oh yes — the Birdman's turn:

 

In the second quarter, LeBron added an alley-oop for good measure:

 

Those were two of LeBron's game-high 32 points. And as the tweet says, the rim actually came closer to stopping him than any Pacer did all night. See for yourself:

(USA Today Sports Images/Steve Mitchell)

The Heat led by 15 at halftime. And never looked back in the second half. Even Justin Bieber showed up, with a classically large security guard and just a super outfit:

(AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

No one bugs the Biebs.

Also, that hat may or may not cost $450.

The Pacers never threatened in the second half as the Heat pushed the lead to 21 after three quarters. Chris Bosh wins the day for these photos, raw and staged:

(USA Today Sports Images/Steve Mitchell)

(USA Today Sports Images/Steve Mitchell)

It ended with a little chippiness as Jeff Pendergraph and Norris Cole got into a late-game scuffle that resulted in both players getting ejected. The manager for rapper Flo Rida was also reportedly involved in the incident, thereby one-upping the Bieber entourage.

Boxer Floyd Mayweather reportedly had $5.9 million on the Heat to win (because $6 million would be crazy). So if you're anywhere near Floyd tonight, enjoy that.

The NBA Finals will start Thursday in Miami. Someone needs to wake the Spurs up from their week-long nap first.

Tagged: Pacers, Heat, LeBron James, Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade, Chris Andersen

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