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Wednesday, May 29th, 2013 at 9:00 am  |  40 responses

Post Up: Back to Miami

Indiana evens the series at two with a big home win.

Pacers 99, Heat 92 (Series tied 2-2)

The Indiana Pacers battled back against the Miami Heat to even up the Eastern Conference Finals series in a close game Tuesday night. It’s becoming clear that whichever team can keep their momentum going long enough, and late enough in the game, will win this series.

The Pacers got the win in Game 4 by maintaining their rhythm until the final buzzer, limiting Lebron James’ effectiveness in the post and relentlessly attacking the rim. Indiana started the game off right with an 11-0 run, but Miami battled back behind seven quick points from James.

The Heat took a 48-47 lead into the half after James put in a driving lay-up. James showed a little extra emotion after the play, getting in his defensive stance to counter a play that had only 0.4 seconds to be executed. He could have been looking to get a spark out of his teammates.

Whatever motivation ensued during halftime, it worked as the Heat came out with good ball movement and smothering defense to begin the third quarter and took control of the game. After Mario Chalmers hit a jump shot with just over seven minutes left to go in the third, the Heat officially let the air out of Bankers Life Fieldhouse, and an amped up crowd was suddenly silent.

But Indiana was able to counter Miami’s attack with a push of their own, going on an 8-0 run over the next three minutes, a theme for the Pacers on this night. Lance Stephenson’s good side definitely showed up as he put up 20 points on 9-15 shooting, including a clutch buzzer beater at the end of the third quarter.

When TNT’s Craig Sager asked Roy Hibbert about Stephenson’s contributions to the team’s success following the win, he said, “When he plays like that, we’re unstoppable. There’s no defense for what he can do in transition.”

Lebron battled back for the Pacers late in the fourth quarter, playing excellent defense on George Hill, while hitting open jumpers from beyond the arc to tie the game up at 83-83 with six minutes left to go. But each team got into serious foul trouble by the end, with foul issues becoming critical for the Heat in particular in the closing minutes.

After hitting a clutch three from the corner with a minute left to go to bring the game within four points, Lebron James committed his sixth and final foul, eliminating any possibility of his late-game heroics. Without Lebron on the floor, head coach Erik Spoelstra was left to draw up a play for either Ray Allen who had hit an impressive shot a few minutes earlier, or his ailing co-star Dwayne Wade. He chose Wade, who came up empty and the Pacers held on to even the series at 2-2.

George Hill played well for Indiana scoring 19 points, hitting 9-10 from the foul line while dishing out six assists. Paul George helped orchestrate the offense when he was on the floor dropping 12 points and grabbing eight boards.

The battle down low went to the Pacers. Chris Bosh, Udonis Haslem and Chris Anderson all struggled for the Heat, combining for only 13 points and seven rebounds. In stark contrast, Hibbert scored a team-high 23 points and added 12 boards, while David West put up 14 and 12. West and Hibbert continually came up with big offensive rebounds and were able to keep seemingly dead possessions alive.

Looking forward, Hibbert isn’t taking his eyes off the prize. In a post game interview, he preached perseverance, “We’re not going anywhere. We’re going back down to Miami to go out there and fight again.”—Daniel Friedman

Game 5 will be played Thursday night in American Airlines Arena in Miami. Tip-off begins at 8:30 p.m. EST on TNT. Quotes from this article were pulled from NBA.com and NBA TV’s live stream of each team’s post-game press conferences.

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  • MUBWAR

    the refs are calling everything and ruining the game’s speed. 30 fouls on the heat and 25 on the pacers. game 3 the exact same thing 30 PF on the heat and 25 on the pacers. Dan Crowford needs to stay away from reffing anymore games

  • Judah1012

    LeBron has to go back to the post even though he’d prefer to play on the perimeter.

    Joey Crawford just ruins everything.

  • http://twitter.com/vannshy vannshy

    one question: what if Indiana wins Game 5 ?

  • Max

    Simple answer: They go up 3-2 with the chance to finish them at home.

  • Max

    Those refs were turrible.

  • http://twitter.com/vannshy vannshy

    I should rephrase to “how do you evaluate Indiana’s chances if they win Game 5 ?”

  • Max

    They increase.

  • Max

    I’m just playing, I think right now they still have a 40% chance of winning.
    But that could easily turn to 5% if Lebron goes all ‘game 6 against Boston last year’ on them.

  • Max

    And I can’t be the only one who think Bosh overreacted when he turned his ankle right?

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Has anyone wondered why in the world the best athletes on this planet are being officiated by 60+ year old men who can’t even stand up straight? Sh*t doesn’t make any sense. Vision doesn’t get better with age. Neither do legs. Or thought processes.
    .
    But for the record, The refs are not the reason for the results yesterday. Miami shot 39%, that’s why they lost.

  • RayJr

    Exactly what I was thinking last night. There was a call that the refs went to review at the scorer’s table and Crawford was just drenched in sweat and that had me thinking that these guys are older than my dad running around out there. Some of these refs have to use something like deer antler spray just to keep up.

  • i_ball

    Shout out to Dick Bavetta

  • http://www.rich-imaging.com/ Dutch Rich

    You gotta admit…with enough time on the clock, Joey always makes up for his mistakes.

  • monkeyball

    It’s all on Stern’s orders. He wants the huge ratings that an Indiana-San Antonio Finals are sure to provide.

  • LakeShow

    Sorry, hate me… but Paul George is Scottie Pippen-esque.
    He’s a B version of Scottie right now, he has potential to get closer.

  • Max

    A: it’s an old NBA ref.
    B: It’s an NBA ref who is in the gym 24/7.

  • MUBWAR

    lool sure he does

  • spit hot fiyah

    man i though he blew out his knee for real

  • 1982

    I think it’s how these players deal with embarrassment nowadays. Before, if anyone fell, even after an elbow to the head, they’d jump right back up to prove they were athletes. Now, they fall, wince in pain because they think they blew out a knee and when they realize it was nothing, they think well if I lay on the ground a little longer, and act like this really hurts, they’ll think I’m being tough when I get back up.

  • 1982

    What set Scottie apart when he wasn’t playing offensive sidekick was his ridiculous defense and his knowledge of the game. He knew where to be, where to help out, where to rebound. George has a much more aggressive offense game. But he has a long way to go before being a complete player.

  • Max

    Agreed, but if you look at his development every year, sky is the limit.
    I don’t think he’ll ever be as good as Pippen, but he might end up close to him.

  • davidR

    is lance’s role the prototype for tyreke?

  • Junior Taylor

    You obviously never watched Pip play for an extended period of time because their games are not alike. They are similar physical-wise and athletic-wise but their approach to the game differs. Pippen was a much better passer, defender, rebounder, post-up threat and was a demon on the break. George tends to settle for the jumpshot too much, has no semblance of a post-game and doesn’t finish as well around the basket/length.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    @disqus_IctKXX3jN8:disqus Yeah, some are better than others. Some help in ways others don’t. For instance, Joey Crawford doesn’t usually preside over games that have many fights. Mainly because he’s so quick to pull the trigger. While some other refs let games go, they do better in environments like on the West Coast where the game is fast pace and better when it’s free (also the players are less physical), in those games, Bavetta is better. Everyone loves him. But those are also the types of refs who let things like the Malace in the Palace go down.Also, Check this out man, http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/06/sports/basketball/joey-crawford-sounds-off-on-35-years-as-an-nba-referee.html?pagewanted=all&_r=2&

  • LakeShow

    Naw they were quite similar. It’s fine if you don’t see it though.
    I didn’t watch SP in the late 80′s. I was a babe.
    I watched him post 95′.
    Scotties 3rd year in the L:
    16 – 6.7 – 5.4 – 2.6stls – 1.2 blks
    PG’s:
    17.4 -7.6 – 4.1 -1.8stls -.6blks

    Quite similar players. Not clones, but similar.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Y’all are both right. Really. George’s production and build is scary similar to Pippen. But the way he plays, like a full blown shooting guard, is very different. Pippen was closer to Lamar Odom then he is to Paul George offensively. For references sake.
    .
    I still think George is this generations Clyde Drexler.

  • LakeShow

    Co-sign.
    Like I said they are similar.
    No reason to point out a reason why they aren’t the same player when I’ve already admitted that.
    PG has Scottie like potential. More than I’ve seen from other player.

  • Junior Taylor

    WTF is a babe? There are some secrets that deserve to be locked away forever.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    There is a pretty good reason. To illustrate Taylor’s point. The world isn’t all about you there buddy.
    .
    Unless you are referring to your first comment? Which didn’t at all, make it seem like you realized their actual games are very different…

  • LakeShow

    I went ahead and did a google search for you lazy a$$ and the first phrase that comes up on Webster dictionary is: “a baby.”
    Any more questions?

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    @disqus_j65FuvcSML:disqus

    . – “esque” – in the manner or style of
    http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/-esque

    -
    -esque — suffix forming adjectives indicating a specified character, manner, style, or resemblance: picturesque ; Romanesque ; statuesque; Chaplinesque

    http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/-esque
    .
    .
    Commonly it refers to manner or style.
    .
    Do we need to cover the different definitions of “manner/style” and “production”?
    .
    Oh and I wasn’t trying to win. You turned this into something else. I was actually just trying to get you both to see you were talking about different things. Stop being an emotional little idiot, and just realize you say things that don’t necessarily mean what you meant them to.
    .
    Always and Forever
    .
    http://img.ffffound.com/static-data/assets/6/a712c3b009a8175cbb751b33ce62573aec0b20ab_m.gif

  • 1982

    Man that was a great article, thanks for that NBK.I didn’t know he was suspended for the Duncan call.

  • LakeShow

    You win bruhhh

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    yeah lol and not the first time he ejected players for laughing. no problem man, happy you read it.

  • Junior Taylor

    I also did some research of my own and found out that babe is a slang for “a young woman”.
    So…..is it Lakeshow or Lakeisha?

  • LakeShow

    Noun
    A baby.
    An innocent or helpless person.Synonyms
    baby – infant – child – kid

    Ya’ll act way smarter than you are. Basic grammar folks…

  • Junior Taylor

    I give up….you win. Just thought that you shouldn’t be calling yourself babe while talking to a bunch of dudes. Words of advice, do whatever the f*ck you wanna do *hodgetwins voice”

  • http://www.rich-imaging.com/ Dutch Rich

    That’s a great piece on Joey…enjoyed it…thanks man!

  • LakeShow

    No man… YOU WIN

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    no problem bro

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