May 20, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Miami Heat small forward LeBron James (6) and Indiana Pacers point guard Darren Collison (2) struggle for control of the ball in game four of the Eastern Conference semifinals of the 2012 NBA playoffs at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Miami defeated Indiana 101-93 in game 4 of the eastern conference semifinals. Mandatory credit: Michael Hickey-US PRESSWIRE

Indiana Pacers Miss a Chance

Miami Heat  101            Indiana Pacers  93  

(Series Tied 2-2)

The Pacers are kicking themselves after letting this game slip away.  They came out firing in the first quarter and put together the right formula to have the lead after the first.  But couldn’t hold off the Heat in that second half when Lebron James and Dwayne Wade woke up to carry the Heat.

James and Wade at one point had all of the point the Heat were scoring all the way through the third quarter.  They scored 38 consecutive points.   It was like James and Wade were just playing the Pacers as they kept scoring and getting to the basket.

James was already building a good game after halftime, but it was Wade who bounced back from his worst playoff game that finally showed up.  The Pacers kept trying everything they could do to stop those guys, but nothing seemed to work.

It didn’t help that David West and Roy Hibbert were sitting in the fourth quarter each with four fouls.  Bringing those guys back a bit sooner maybe could have helped stop things.  But with the way James and Wade were scoring, it might not have mattered.

The Pacers even had chances to get closer to the Heat’s lead, but it felt like there was a huge lid on the basket as they tried to make shots.  Some of it was the Heat defense, but some of it was the Pacers couldn’t hit shots.

This was the game that the Pacers knew they should have taken advantage of, but couldn’t seal the deal.  Now the series shifts back to Miami, but still the Pacers have a chance to get 2 out of the last 3 games.  Win game five on Tuesday night and then it’s back home here for game six on Thursday night.  I said Pacers in six games, and that can still happen.