The Indiana Pacers aren't ready to concede the Eastern Conference title to Miami. Staging an impressive rally in the final five minutes and the beneficiary of several key calls down the stretch, the Pacers beat the Heat 99-92 Tuesday to tie the Eastern Conference finals at two games apiece. Game 5 is Thursday in Miami. The Western Conference champion San Antonio Spurs await the East champ in the NBA Finals, which begin June 6. The Pacers scored eight consecutive points, wiping out a three-point deficit, to take a 94-89 lead with 1:30 to play. The run concluded with back-to-back Roy Hibbert layups, the second leading to a three-point play. LeBron James hit a 3-pointer to pull the Heat within two, but Lance Stephenson responded with a short jumper that pushed Indiana's advantage to 96-92. With 56 seconds to go, James was whistled for an illegal screen, his sixth foul, ending his night. He finished with 24 points, six rebounds and five assists. Dwyane Wade was called for traveling with 26 seconds to go, and the Pacers made three of four free throws in the closing moments to seal the win. Hibbert led the Pacers with 23 points and added 12 rebounds. Stephenson added 20 points, and George Hill had 19. Mario Chalmers scored 20 points for Miami, and Wade had 16. The Pacers held the Heat to 39 percent shooting. Indiana shot 50 percent from the floor. It was only a matter of time before the Heat would take more than a one-point lead. That time came early in the third quarter. The Heat opened the second half by scoring 13 of the first 19 points to take a 60-54 lead. What made the run even more depressing for the Pacers is that it wasn't James, Wade or Bosh doing most of the damage. Chalmers had six of the 13 points. Silence fell upon the Bankers Life Fieldhouse crowd. The Pacers' season -- winning Game 5 in Miami would be a tough task -- was slipping away. Indiana coach Frank Vogel called a timeout to try to keep his squad from completely falling apart. The Pacers responded and went on a 7-0 run to take a 61-60 lead on a West jump shot with 5:36 left in the third quarter. The Pacers didn't stop there. Lance Stephenson made a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give the Pacers a 77-70 lead heading into the fourth quarter. However, as occurred every time the Pacers went on a run, the Heat responded. The Pacers were up nine when they got called for a questionable shot-clock violation that changed momentum. The Heat went on a run that was capped off by a Wade three-point play to take an 86-83 lead midway through the quarter. The Pacers scored the first 11 points of the game and had everybody on their feet and Heat coach Erik Spoelstra calling a timeout to calm his team down. You didn't think it was going to be that easy, did you? The Heat kept chipping away at the Pacers' advantage until they eventually took a 17-16 lead on a James drive and dish to Udonis Haslem for a dunk, regaining the momentum. The Pacers managed to end the first quarter with a 26-22 lead. Hill, who struggled shooting the ball in Game 3, had 10 points in the opening quarter, with half of those coming from the free-throw line. Foul trouble impacted both teams in the second quarter. Indiana's Paul George and Bosh both spent most of the period on the bench with three fouls each. The Pacers managed to push their lead back up to as many as nine points, but the Heat, trying to get the series over with as quick as possible because the San Antonio Spurs have already clinched their spot in the NBA Finals, kept coming back. Wade's three-point play got Miami to within 46-45, and then James broke Sam Young down off the dribble and scored with 0.7 seconds remaining to cut Indiana's lead to 48-47 at the half. NOTES: Vogel has made it no secret that he's against flopping, something the Heat have a reputation from doing. James doesn't have anything against it. "You're just trying to get the advantage," James said. "Any way you can get the advantage over an opponent to help your team win, then so be it." ... Heat big man Chris "Birdman" Andersen went into Tuesday's game 13-for-13 from the field in the series. "As soon as he misses one shot, this whole series is going to change," Vogel joked. Andersen didn't attempt a shot Tuesday, playing 19 scoreless minutes.
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