Pacers hold off Heat to even East finals

Updated: May 28, 2013


This time it was LeBron James on the
sideline in the deciding moments as the Indiana Pacers escaped Game 4 of the
Eastern Conference finals with a 99-92 victory over the Miami Heat.

James fouled out for just second time in his playoff career after totaling 24
points, six rebounds and five assists for the Heat, who had won 10 straight
games on the road that included a lopsided Game 3 triumph at Bankers Life

Roy Hibbert, benched late in overtime in a series-opening loss, was the
difference-maker Tuesday as the Pacers evened the series, finishing with 23
points and 12 rebounds and scoring twice off offensive boards down the stretch
in the tight game.

Lance Stephenson checked in with 20 points, George Hill added 19 and David
West followed with 14 with 12 rebounds for an Indiana club that connected on
50 percent of its shots.

Mario Chalmers and Dwyane Wade scored 20 and 16 points, respectively, for
Miami, which only committed six turnovers but shot a pedestrian 39 percent
from the floor.

Game 5 is set for Thursday in Miami.