Game Rewind: Pacers 99, Heat 92, Game 4

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Tuesday, May 28th, 2013 at 8:30 PM EDT at Bankers Life Fieldhouse

Game Rewind: Pacers 99, Heat 92, Game 4

by Scott Agness | May 28, 2013

Game Recap

The Pacers couldn’t afford to head back down to South Beach down 3-1. After suffering their worst home loss of the season (by 18 points) in Game 3, the Pacers brought the energy necessary for a critical bounce back win in Game 4. Indiana sustained multiple hits and received a strong effort from its starters, particularly from Roy Hibbert inside, en route to a 99-92 victory. The win evens the best-of-seven series at 2-2.

The Pacers got off to a brilliant start, forcing a Miami turnover on the first possession and running out to an 11-0 lead. Defensively, in response to their Game 3 loss, the Pacers closed out on shooters and provided Paul George with help in the post on LeBron James. After the Pacers’ stellar open where they were aggressive and certainly fed off the home crowd, the Heat outscored the Pacers over the next eight minutes and were behind by just four points at the end of the first. George Hill had 10 points, five scored at the foul line.

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Fouls hampered both teams in the opening half. By halftime, Paul George, Chris Bosh and Chris Andersen each had three and James had surprisingly been called for a technical foul. As a result, 35 foul shots combined were attempted. Mario Chalmers gave the Heat a lift, scoring six of his 10 first-half points in the second, and keying a 13-5 run to end the half. Despite James only scoring two points in the second (and 11 for the half), coming on a layup to close the half, the Pacers, who shot 50%, had just a one-point edge.

Early in the third, the momentum began to shift in favor of the Heat. How the Pacers responded was telling. Following a timeout taken by coach Frank Vogel, the Pacers answered the Heat’s 9-0 spurt with 10 unanswered points to take back the lead. Then, in the final seconds of the third, Lance Stephenson, who finished with 20 points, connected on a 3-pointer at the horn from the right corner to send the Pacers into the final period with positive vibes and a 77-70 advantage.

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The Pacers were set to go ahead by 11 with a layup from Tyler Hansbrough on a put-back. However, the officials waved it off, saying the initial attempt, by Hibbert, didn’t hit the rim and thus a shot-clock violation occurred. It appeared as if that hung with the Pacers for the next three minutes while the Heat then went on a 17-6 run and pulled ahead by three. The Pacers held up and withstood yet another run. Hibbert scored off back-to-back offensive rebounds, part of an 8-0 run where the Pacers went ahead for good with 90 seconds to play.

With the Pacers ahead by four, the Heat turned it over with 56 seconds left on an offensive foul committed by James, his sixth. It was just his second time fouling out in his playoff career. The Heat got it back on a turnover by George, but they didn’t do anything with it. Wade was whistled for traveling. Since having a three-point lead, the Heat scored just three points over the final 5:13.

The Pacers out-muscled the Heat, dominated the inside play and won the 50-50 balls. Following an efficient evening of exceptional execution, the Pacers now turn their focus to Game 5 where they look to steal another game in Miami.

Inside the Numbers

With 23 points and 12 rebounds – exactly his per game averages for the series – Roy Hibbert led the team in scoring and recorded his third consecutive double-double, his sixth of these playoffs.

Indiana’s entire starting unit scored at least 12 points. George Hill went 9-of-10 from the free throw line and finished with 19 points. David West registered his fifth postseason double-double, with 14 points and 12 rebounds.

LeBron James had a game-high 24 points, six rebounds, five assists and three blocks before fouling out. Mario Chalmers made all eight of his foul shots and contributed 20 points.

Chris Andersen didn’t attempt a shot – or score – and Miami’s starting frontcourt of Udonis Haslem and Chris Bosh finished with a combined 13 points and five rebounds.

The Pacers turned it over just 13 times, but the Heat converted those giveaways into 21 points.

The Pacers are 4-0 in postseason play when shooting 50 percent or better and 5-0 when holding their opponents below 40 percent.

Quoteworthy

“We made some minor adjustments, nothing major. Really just made an adjustment in our guys’ effort and passion that they were bringing to the defensive end.” – Frank Vogel on the win

“Just resiliency. We’ve shown a great deal of resolve all year. This is the first chance we’ve faced adversity this playoff season. And our guys rose to the challenge to start the game, and then when Miami came and took the lead, they rose to the challenge again.” – Frank Vogel on his team’s response

“We’re mentally tough. Not one guy in that locker room didn’t believe we were going to win this game tonight. We showed fortitude and we picked each other up.” – Roy Hibbert

“Roy [Hibbert] is a big factor. Everybody is a big factor. When everybody is going and playing the game that they play, we [are] unstoppable.” – Lance Stephenson

“I told Lance when he’s that aggressive and he’s pushing it and looking to score, we’re a better team. We need him to continue to do that for us to win this series, and he knows that.” – George Hill on Lance Stephenson

“They did a good job of taking away our first option. Sometimes our second option. You [have to] give a lot of credit to their D.” – LeBron James on the Pacers

Stat of the Game

The Pacers dominated the glass 49-30 and scored 19 second chance points.

Noteworthy

  • The Pacers are 3-1 against the Heat this season in Indianapolis.
  • The Pacers are 8-0 in playoff games when they’ve led at the end of the first quarter.
  • Notables in attendance: Julius Erving, Mike Epps, Indiana coach Tom Crean, Georgetown coach John Thompson III, NCAA President Mark Emmert, and Adam Silver, the NBA’s deputy commissioner and chief operating officer.
  • Katie Stam, 2009 Miss America and a native of Seymour, Indiana, sang the national anthem.

Up Next

Game 5 is on Thursday in Miami at 8:30 PM EST.

Broadcast Information | Find Local Listings

TV: TNT – Marv Albert (play-by-play), Reggie Miller (analyst), Steve Kerr (analyst), Craig Sager (reporter), David Aldridge (reporter)
Radio: FM 107.5/AM 1070 The Fan, Pacers Radio Network - Mark Boyle (play-by-play), Austin Croshere (analyst), Michael Grady (host)
Note: The Pacers TV crew of Chris Denari, Quinn Buckner, Austin Croshere and Brooke Olzendam will have a 30-minute postgame show on FOX Sports Indiana immediately following the game.

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