LeBron James and Dwyane Wade were criticized for their performances in the second and third games of the NBA's Eastern Conference semifinals, allowing Indiana to take a 2-1 series lead over Miami.
The duo was outstanding after halftime Sunday afternoon as the Heat earned a 101-93 win over the Pacers after trailing by 10 early in the third quarter. James and Wade combined for 23 points during a 25-5 spurt that put Miami up 77-66.
Wade scored 22 of his 30 points in the second half after scoring just five on just 1-for-8 shooting in Game 3. James was outstanding as he poured in 40 points, grabbed 18 rebounds and had nine assists to help the Heat knot the series at two games apiece heading into Tuesday's contest in Miami.
Danny Granger had 20 points for the Pacers, including a three-pointer that put them ahead 61-51 early in the second half. Darren Collison came off the bench to add 16 points on 6-of-7 shooting.
The Spurs return to the court in Los Angeles, one night after coming back from 24 points down and beating the Clippers 96-86 to grab a commanding 3-0 lead in their Western Conference semifinal.
The Associated Press