Miami was able to keep it close, but Indiana got the necessary stops and made the crucial plays down the stretch to defeat Miami 99-92 and move the Eastern Conference Finals to 2-2 heading into game five in Miami.
Holding a significant edge on the glass (49-30) and shooting 50 percent from the field, the Pacers did enough to pull out the victory. The Heat shot just 39 percent from the field, and struggled to find a rhythm for much of the game.
LeBron James led the Heat with 24 points, but he shot just 8-of-18, and besides Udonis Haslem (3-for-5), no Heat starter shot over 50 percent from the field. Miami's stagnant offense was its worst early in the first half, but even when it had hot stretches, just couldn't stay in a productive rhythm.
The Pacer's came out of the game with an early adjustment of putting David West on Chris Bosh to keep Roy Hibbert closer to the paint, and Bosh shot just 1-for-6 in the game. That may not have been everything, but the Pacers' balanced, efficient offense put them over the hump. With a weak bench, Indiana got at least 12 points from every starter, led by 23 from Hibbert and 20 from Lance Stephenson.
Despite its problems, Miami was right in the contest, but Indiana ended the game on a 16-6 run, a run in which LeBron James fouled out with 58 seconds left with Miami down 96-92 on an offensive foul for an illegal screen.
Mario Chalmers was second on the Heat in scoring, dropping 20 points in 29 minutes, and Dwyane Wade added 16.
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