Thursday, May 20 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse
Game 4 Rewind: Pacers 93, Heat 101
By Conrad Brunner
The Pacers were prepared for a bounce-back game from Dwyane Wade.
They couldn't anticipate just how far he would bounce, or how high. Shaking off a slow start, Wade scored 22 of his 30 points in the second half, making 11 shots in a row at one point, as Miami rallied from a 10-point deficit to beat the Pacers 101-93 in Game 4 Sunday before a sellout crowd of 18,165 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
Wade provided a healthy complement to LeBron James, who scored 40. The two stars combined for 70 of Miami's points, 43 in the second half, as the Heat tied the best-of-seven series 2-2 and regained homecourt advantage heading back to AmericanAirlines Arena for Game 5 Tuesday.
By The Numbers
Danny Granger led the Pacers with 20 points, adding five rebounds and making four 3-pointers. Darren Collison came off the bench to score 16 points, hitting 6 of 7 shots. Paul George scored 13 with six rebounds, five assists and three steals. But Indiana got just 19 points combined from big men Roy Hibbert and David West, who both battled foul trouble. The Pacers shot 42 percent for the game.
James shot 14 of 27 for his 40 points, adding game-highs of 18 rebounds and nine assists. Wade started 1-of-8 from the field but made 12 of his final 15, adding nine rebounds and six assists. Udonis Haslem scored eight of his 14 in the fourth quarter and shot 5 of 6. The Heat shot 48 percent and outrebounded the Pacers 47-38.
"Clearly our inability to keep James and Wade under control in the second half hurt us on the defensive end, they won the rebounding battle and I think every team that has won the rebounding battle has won the game in this series. We didn't score efficiently enough, particularly in the second half and that was the difference." – Pacers Coach Frank Vogel
"It comes down to this: yes, you can get the ball out of their hands and make other guys make plays but you get the ball out of one of those guys' hands and it finds its way to the other guy." – Vogel on James and Wade
"They just won the toughness battle tonight." – Vogel
"It's really tough when they're scoring at such a high level and splitting ball screens, rebounding, getting layups in the lane. Yeah, it is tough. We're aware they're capable of doing that and we tried to anticipate when they would get hot and what we would do but in the third quarter it was just too much." – Granger
"We never thought it was going to be easy, to tell you the truth. They're a really good team—they're a great team—and the challenge is back up on us now. It's two out of three we have to win with two on their homecourt so it's going to be a challenge. " – Granger
"They just made all the plays. I thought, particularly at the end of the third and leading into the middle of the fourth, we didn't have any rhythm defensively, couldn't get any balance, couldn't get anything in transition. We know they're going to make runs but we didn't make them uncomfortable enough. LeBron had a huge game. If he's scoring, we can't have him finding guys, as well. He accounted for too many points." – West
"They're one of the top teams in the East for a reason but so are we. We would've loved to win this game but we didn't. We've just got to move on and get ready for the next one." – Hibbert
"It's why they're superstars. They're going to make tough shots, they're going to make some plays. We've got to make it tough for them and live with the shots they take." – George
Stat of the Game
The Pacers led 46-36 with 2:39 left in the first half. Over the next 13:09, James and Wade combined for 38 consecutive Miami points as the two superstars outscored Indiana by 18 to put the visitors ahead 74-66 late in the third period.
Turning to James and Wade as in Game 1, Miami seized momentum in the third quarter with a 25-5 run to turn a 10-point deficit into a 10-point lead, 76-66. James and Wade combined for Miami's first 23 points in that run. The Pacers had dominated the third period in winning Games 2 and 3 but shot just 6-of-18 and committed seven turnovers in the period.
Collison came off the bench to spark a 13-4 run that cut the deficit to 80-79 but Wade scored twice in a row to quell that threat as Miami quickly pushed the lead back to nine and Indiana would not pose another threat.
For the fourth game in a row, the Pacers took the early initiative, scoring the game's first nine points as Miami started 0-of-4 from the field and committed five turnovers in the first four minutes. Unlike the first three games, though, the Heat did not recover quickly and the Pacers held a 25-18 lead after one.
Miami surged into the lead, 30-29, with an 8-0 lead early in the second quarter but Collison kept the Pacers afloat with 10 of the Pacers' first 12 points of the quarter. The starters returned and quickly produced a 9-0 run to push the lead to 44-34 and the Pacers took a 54-46 lead into the locker room. James had 19 points in the half for the Heat.
Granger picked up his third technical foul in three games, getting in Wade's face in response to the Miami guard flailing after being fouled by Hibbert on a drive. … The Pacers yielded their highest point total of the postseason. … James’s six offensive rebounds tied his most ever in the postseason. … In the Pacers' two wins, they outscored Miami 54-26 in the third quarter. In the Heat's two wins, its advantage was 58-38 in the period. … After making five 3-pointers in the first three games, Miami went 5-of-12 Sunday. … Miami's 50 points in the half were the most allowed by the Pacers in the playoffs, while Indiana's 32 was its lowest of the postseason. … Two players uninvolved on the court became entangled on it before the game when Miami's Juwan Howard had a shouting match with Lance Stephenson, apparently in response to the Indiana guard's flashing the choke sign toward LeBron James during Game 3. The incident happened roughly 90 minutes before the game as players were warming up. … Miami used its fourth lineup in four games, with Ronny Turiaf back in at center and Shane Battier at power forward joining James, Wade and Chalmers. … Former Brooklyn Dodgers great Carl Erskine, 85, played the national anthem on a harmonica. A native of Anderson, Ind., Erskine pitched two no-hitters for the Dodgers.