After a Game 3 performance in which the Indiana Pacers were completely dominated by the Miami Heat, the goal for Game 4 Tuesday night was nothing short of a victory. In front of a strong home crowd in the heartland of Indiana, the Pacers stuck to the game plan they’ve used thus far this series.
Pacers center Roy Hibbert led his team with 23 points, shooting 10 of 16 from the field, while grabbing 12 boards to lead Indiana to a 9-92 win over the Heat to tie their NBA playoff series at two games each.
The Pacers also received great guard play with shooting guard Lance Stephenson finishing with 20 points while point guard George Hill ended up with 19.
Pacers head coach Frank Vogel talks about his teams strengths and what makes them a good basketball team.
On the other side, the Heat were led by Lebron James, who scored 24 points, shooting 8 of 18 from the field, while grabbing six boards and dishing out five assists. The Heat also received good guard play with shooting guard Dwyane Wade scoring 16, while point guard Mario Chalmers claimed 20 points of his own. The Pacers shot an incredible 50 percent from the field compared to the Heat’s 39 percent and the Heat were also outrebounded 49 to 30. Miami forward Lebron James talks about the struggles his team had defensively.
The biggest issue for the Heat on the night was the inability to stay out of foul trouble. Lebron James fouled out of the game with just under a minute remaining for just the second time in his entire playoff career. Along with James, Mario Chalmers and Dwyane Wade finished with five fouls each and Chris Bosh ended with four of his own. Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra talks about the impact the foul trouble had on his team.
The series will now shift back down to South Beach for Game 5 and Vogel says his team will be ready and looks forward to this pivotal game in the series.
Game 5 will tip-off from Miami Thursday night at 8:30pm; you can hear it live on ESPN 850 WRUF starting at 7:30pm.