The Miami Heat evened out their second round series against the Indiana Pacers, walking away with the 101-93 victory on May 20. With the win, the Heat have regained home-court advantage against the Pacers, and they'll now head back to the American Airlines with the series tied at 2 games apiece.
For a moment, it looked like the Heat were in for another rough night, as Dwyane Wade had a hard time making his shots early on. By halftime, the Pacers had built an eight point lead, but the Heat showed their resiliency in the third quarter, led by Wade and LeBron James. The Heat outscored the Pacers by 14 points in the third quarter, and a little boost from Udonis Haslem helped them seal the deal in the fourth.
LeBron played like the best player in the NBA on Sunday, putting up a monstrous 40 points, 18 rebounds, and 9 assists. Despite a poor first half, Wade finished with some impressive numbers as well, walking away with 30 points, 9 rebounds, and 6 assists.
The Heat played like a completely different team on May 20, and coach Erik Spoelstra does deserve some credit for making the necessary adjustments. After getting outrebounded in their previous outing, the Heat made boxing out their opponents a priority, grabbing 9 more boards than the Pacers. Miami's players also changed their mindset on the offensive end, increasing their aggressiveness and driving to the basket more often.
For a moment, it looked like the Heat were on the verge of having a meltdown, but they showed a lot of character in Game 4. LeBron, Wade, and Haslem stepped up to the plate in a hostile environment, but they'll still need their role players to play a lot better.
Still, the Heat have managed to dig themselves out a hole, and they'll have a chance to take the lead in the series when the two teams meet for Game 5 on May 22.
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