Miami Heat forward LeBron James (6) drives the basketball on Indiana Pacers forward Danny Granger during the first quarter of Game 4 of their NBA Eastern Conference second round basketball playoff series in Indianapolis May 20, 2012. (Photo : REUTERS/Brent Smith)
After the disastrous rout they endured in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals, superstars Lebron James and Dwayne Wade responded with towering performances to tie the best of seven series at two games.
Many felt that Superstar LeBron James and the heavily favored Miami Heat's season would be all but over. Their opponents, the Indiana Pacers, shut down their top players at the right moments and cruised to dominating 94-77 game. Wade only scored five points in Game 3 and was a pitiful 2-for-13 from the field. It was the worst playoff performance of his career.
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In Game 4, Wade and James broke out for a combined 70 points, including 38 straight points for the Heat and 48 of 50 from the end of the second quarter through the early stages of the fourth. They outscored the Pacers 30-16 In the third quarter after having been trailing by double digits in the second quarter and ending the first half trailing 56-48.
James, who scored 40 points, also added a monstrous 18 rebounds and nine assists while Wade added 30 points, nine rebounds, and six assists. One of Wade's most memorable moments was with just over five minutes to go in the third quarter. After falling to the ground with the ball in his hands, Wade threw the ball to James, got up, took the pass back from James and threw the ball from the left of the arc for a three point shot. Wade attempted two shots from three-point range and scored on both. He also shot 13-23 from the field. James shot 14-for-27 from the field.
The Pacers, who clearly outplayed Miami for long stretches of the first half, jumped out to a 9-0 lead in front of a capacity crowd at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse. For the game, Danny Granger led them in scoring with 20 points, five rebounds, and three assists. Roy Hibbert scored 10 points and nine rebounds.
The series, which effectively becomes a best of three series, resumes on Tuesday at the American Airlines Arena in Miami where the Heat will try to take the lead and avoid more negative publicity.