MIAMI, May 12 (Ticker) -- Rookie Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat are making believers out of the Indiana Pacers.

Wade made a pair of clutch baskets down the stretch as the Heat turned back the Pacers, 100-88, and evened their Eastern Conference semifinal series at two games each.

In front of a raucous sellout crowd at American Airlines Arena, the Heat won their 18th straight home game and second straight against the top-seeded Pacers, whose frustration became obvious with some rough stuff late in the game.

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"I think they believe they are a lot better than us," Wade said. "Today was a great game for them offensively, but it didn't result in a win."

"We really haven't faced any adversity yet, but we are facing it now," Pacers forward Austin Croshere said. "This is our wake-up call."

Lamar Odom scored 22 points, Caron Butler added 21 and Wade 20 for Miami, offsetting huge games by Indiana All-Star forwards Jermaine O'Neal and Ron Artest, who combined for 65 points.

"This is the first challenge we've had in two rounds," O'Neal said. "This is a new situation for us. We just need to play our game. I know the coaches are frustrated because they've done all they can do."

"Who would have thought we would be 2-2 at this point?" said Odom, who made 9-of-13 shots. "Everybody tells us we can't do it, but we keep battling and battling."

Odom scored 10 points in the third quarter, when the Heat grabbed the lead for good. But as he has throughout the postseason, Wade made the big baskets in the fourth quarter.

The Pacers cut an 11-point deficit to 88-84 before Wade sank a jumper to stall the rally. On the next possession, he dribbled into the lane, drew contact and flipped in a shot. His free throw made it 92-84 with 2:52 to go.

After two foul shots by Butler, Pacers guard Jamaal Tinsley was ejected for a flagrant foul on Eddie Jones that touched off a brief shoving match. Just over a minute later, Artest nailed Wade with a flagrant foul.

"They're the No. 1 seed and they didn't expect this to happen, so I think they were trying to make a statement going back there (to Indiana)," Wade said.

O'Neal scored 37 points and Artest added 28, but they were the only Pacers in double figures. By contrast, the Heat had six players in double figures as they scored 100 points in the postseason for the first time since May 18, 1997, ending a drought of 38 games.

"The balance in our scoring was a big key for us," Butler said. "Their two main guys, their All-Stars, had great games, but we were able to keep the rest of the team limited."

Game Five is Saturday at Indiana, where the Pacers have not lost since March 19. The Heat are 0-5 on the road in the playoffs.

"Is it time to panic? No," said Pacers guard Reggie Miller, who missed all five of his shots. "What we have to do is to look at the film, see where we made mistakes, and figure out how to correct it. We're probably lucky to be 2-2. The pressure is on us in Game Five. We have to find a way to step up."

O'Neal scored 26 points and Artest 16 in the first half, but the Pacers could not pull away, settling for a 56-53 lead.

"That's a very intense basketball team," Heat coach Stan Van Gundy said. "We knew they would come out with great energy and intensity, but our guys were up to the challenge."

Odom's jumper capped an 8-0 burst that opened the third quarter. He had consecutive dunks before two free throws by Wade made it 76-67 late in the period.

"I have to dribble myself into a rhythm and shoot over those guys," Odom said.

Heat center Brian Grant suffered a dislocated finger late in the game and left the floor. He said he would play Saturday "with a splint or some kind of support."