[caption id="attachment_16074" align="aligncenter" width="378"] Steve Mitchell / USA TODAY Sports[/caption] A funny thing happened during the Heats' 99-76 dismantling of the Indiana Pacers in Game 7 of the NBA Eastern Conference Final. Suddenly the offensive powerhouse Heat were playing a smothering defense, inside and out, making rebounds and driving inside the paint. What's odd about this is that this is exactly how the Pacers have played the heat this series -- granted, they didn't double-up like Miami did in Game 7, but also didn't need to -- and the reason why the series was tied 3-3 before the final game. Certainly, they got their customary big performance out of LeBron James, and Dwyane Wade and Ray Allen definitely turned up too -- although Bosh still shot 3-of-13 on the night. But the reason why the Heat beat the Pacers so handidly in Game 7 was by beating them at their own game. So what did they do? They were better rebounding, particularly on offence where Miami got a second chance with the ball 14 times, while the Pacers only eight. This is despite an obvious size difference between the teams. In this Dwayne Wade was especially effective, grabbing six offensive rebounds on the night. In each of the Pacers' wins against the Heat they dominated the boards, tonight, the Heat turned that on them, finishing with 43 total rebounds to the Pacers' 36. The Heat were also very effective inside the paint -- another Pacers trope -- driving inside early and often. They finished the game with just as many points inside the paint than their opponents (30), a rare thing, but it had another added bonus in that it forced Roy Hibbert to foul early, making him play cautious for much of the game. Finally the Heat played terrific defense. Swarming the ball carrier and forcing the Pacers attack to panic, resulting in nine first-quarter turnovers alone. They would eventually finish the game forcing 21 turnovers on the Pacers. You saw some of this defense in Game 6, but the Heat executed it perfectly in Game 7, completely overwhelming the developing Pacers' attack. Paul George finished the game shooting 2-of-9, and while Hibbert still shot a respectable 7-of-11 he was boxed out more often than not. The Pacers' finished the game shooting 40.6 percent, actually better than the Heats' 39.5. But the turnovers and offensive rebounding gave the Heat their comfortable lead which they maintained for the entire second half. The Heat can always rely on LeBron James, but know that if they don't get good performances out of some of their starters they are vulnerable. Wade and Allen stepped up big time in Game 7 but it was the adjustments that coach Spoelstra made during the series that saw the Heat make their third NBA Final in a row. Attack the rim for the rebound, drive into the paint and overwhelm the Pacers' attack with double teams. This is how the Heat beat Indiana in Game 7. It won't work against the Spurs, a much more capable offence, and one experienced enough not to panic like the Pacers' attack did. But after a few games, and given solid performances from the Heats' stars not named LeBron, you can bet the Heat will make the necessary changes to have a serious chance at their second NBA Championship in a row.