1. The Heat are one win from becoming just the third franchise in NBA history to appear in the NBA Finals in four straight seasons. The Celtics appeared in 10 straight from 1957-66 and four straight from 1984-87. The Lakers appeared four straight times from 1982-85. The Heat are trying to become the first team to win three straight titles since the Lakers (2000-02).
The last time any MLB, NBA, NFL or NHL team reached four straight championships was the New York Yankees from 1998-2001.
2. The Heat are 9-0 at home in potential series-clinching games in the LeBron James-Dwyane Wade-Chris Bosh era (since 2010-11 season). LeBron James is averaging 28.4 points, 9.3 rebounds and 6.1 assists in those games.
3. James was in foul trouble for much of Game 5, totaling a playoff career-low seven points on 2-for-10 shooting while pulling down just two rebounds.
Heat at Home with Chance to Clinch Series
James-Wade-Bosh Era (Since 2010-11)
Game 5 was the fifth playoff game of James' career in which he scored fewer than 15 points. How has he responded the next game in those situations? His teams are 0-4, and he’s averaged 20.5 points per game while shooting just 36.1 percent from the field. All four of those games were from 2007 to 2011, with the last coming against Dallas in Game 5 of the 2011 NBA Finals.
4. The Pacers are 3-0 in elimination games this postseason, winning Games 6 and 7 against the Hawks in the first round before Wednesday’s victory over the Heat. Indiana, however, is just 1-8 on the road against the Heat over the past two seasons and has dropped six in a row (including both the regular season and postseason).
5. Odds would be against the two-time defending champion Heat if the Pacers force a Game 7. There have been 119 Game 7s in NBA history, and road teams are just 24-95 (.202 win percentage) in those games.