Tip-Off for 5/29/13 (featuring Carmelo Anthony): Indiana Pacers get home cooking (and calls) in 99-92 victory over Miami Heat to tie series 2-2
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Roy Hibbert continues to dominate the paint for the Indiana Pacers.
Two questionable calls down the stretch of Game 4 (one resulting in LeBron James fouling out) allowed the Indiana Pacers to keep momentum in a 99-92 victory over the Miami Heat to even the Eastern Conference Finals at two games each. Calls aside, the Pacers withstood everything the Heat threw at them in a critical Game 4.
Pacers 99 – Heat 92 – The Indiana Pacers dominated the paint (50-32) and the glass (49-30), but were almost overcome by two runs by the Heat. Miami used a 24-10 over the second and third quarters to take a 60-54 lead. The Pacers countered with a 10-point flurry to give the Pacers the lead back. The Heat surged again with a 17-5 spurt to take an 89-86 lead with more than 5 minutes remaining, Indiana responded by scoring the next eight points — five by Roy Hibbert.
With the Pacers leading 96-92, LeBron James was called for an illegal screen — resulting in his sixth foul. It marked only the second time James has fouled out in the postseason. On Miami’s next possession Dwyane Wade was called for traveling. Upon looking at the replay, it was clear Wade did not commit a violation. The Heat never threatened again.
The Pacers were more physical and did a better job of challenging Miami defensively. The Heat shot 39 percent from the floor compared to 50 percent for the Pacers. Roy Hibbert led the five Pacer starters who scored in double figures with 23 points and a game-high 12 boards. David West added 14 points and 12 rebounds. Lance Stephenson was a spark plug for the Pacers scoring 20 points and guarded LeBron James in critical stretches of the game. LeBron James led Miami with 24 points, but shot only 8 for 18. Dwayne Wade struggled equally, shooting 5 for 15 and scoring 16 points. Chris Bosh was ineffective for the Heat, scoring only 7 points after going 1 for 6 from the floor. Bosh was hobbled with an ankle injury he suffered in the game.
Series tied 2-2.
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