LeBron, Bosh Lead Miami to Game 4 Win over Indiana
The Indiana Pacers came out of the gate with a lot of energy in Game 4 Monday night. However, they did not have the poise defensively to match that energy.
Despite having four players in double figures, the Pacers still managed to lose Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals to the Miami Heat, 102-90. Miami leads the series, 3-1.
From the opening tip, the Pacers looked totally confused by the ball movement being exhibited by the Heat.
Such confusion could only be maximized when Chris Bosh made three of four 3-point attempts in the first half en route to 17 points in the half alone.
Once the threat of Bosh was established, the Heat’s game plan began to flourish. Lebron James and Dwayne Wade were able to get easy points in the paint and were really able to dictate the flow and pace of the game.
The Miami Heat’s Big Three combined for 71 of the team’s 102 points.
James exhibited a ton of emotion throughout the game. He ended up with 32 points and 10 rebounds, to go along with 5 assists and 2 steals.
Bosh finished the game with 25 points on 7-12 shooting. Wade had a quiet 15 points.
Horrid defense and poor free throw shooting (65% from the line) proved to be the downfall of the Pacers and really kept them from winning this game.
Paul George was the top scorer for Indiana, shooting 8-16 from the field for 23 points. He was also able to grab 7 boards, 3 assists and 1 steal.
David West, who has been maligned for missing a lot of open shots lately, had a double-double. He shot 9-18 for 20 points and 12 rebounds.
Lance Stephenson, the top scorer for Indiana in Game 3 was nonexistent because of three early fouls he picked up in the first half.
Roy Hibbert was held scoreless for 22 minutes of play and looked completely out of it.
Game 5 will be on Wednesday in Indiana, where the Pacers hope to force a game 6 in Miami on Friday.