May 22, 2012; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat small forward LeBron James (6) dunks the ball past Indiana Pacers small forward Danny Granger (33) in the third quarter during game 5 of the 2012 NBA eastern conference semi-finals at the American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE

NBA Playoffs 2012: Heat, Pacers get physical; Bird calls Pacers ‘soft’

LeBron James and Dwyane Wade looked unstoppable again against the Indiana Pacers leading the Miami Heat to a 115-83 victory in Game 5 to take a 3-2 series advantage.

LeBron scored 30 points to go with 10 rebounds and eight assists and Wade scored 28.

This series has been a chippy one and last night it got a little out of hand with some flagrant fouls.

Tyler Hansbrough starting things off with a really hard foul on Wade where he went for the ball but cut Wade above his left eye on the follow through. Hansbrough got a Flagrant 1 for the foul.

Udonis Haslem then retaliated with a dirty hack on Hansbrough a few plays later and also only received a Flagrant 1 even though he should have definitely been ejected because it wasn’t even close to a basketball play.

Things got even worse in garbage time with Dexter Pittman essentially clothes lining Lance Stephenson causing Stephenson to break his collarbone.

For the Pacers, if the 32-point loss wasn’t enough, Danny Granger went down with an ankle injury in the game and could not return.

After the game, Larry Bird called out his Pacers team.

“I can’t believe my team went soft,” Bird said. “S-O-F-T. I’m disappointed. I never thought it would happen … That’s all I have to say.”

The Heat are now up 3-2 in the series having won the past two games handedly with LeBron and Wade having huge games in each. Miami should have no problem winning the series and will likely close it out in Game 6.

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