The Miami Heat defeated the Indiana Pacers 101-93 to earn a crucial Game 4 victory on Sunday. With their team on the brink, the dynamic duo of LeBron James and Dwyane Wade certainly delivered.
James and Wade combined to score 70 total points. LeBron had 40 points, 18 rebounds, and nine assists while Wade had 30 points, nine rebounds, and six assists.
The Pacers led the Heat 54-46 at halftime, but the duo of James and Wade single-handedly brought the Heat to victory in the second half.
They scored 34 straight points for Miami from the second to third quarter. The Pacers couldn't stop the two superstars from just having their way.
LeBron, the three-time MVP, scored 19 points in the first half and it looked like it was the "Miami Cavaliers" until Wade picked his game up in the second half, having 22 points. He made 11 straight shots in Sunday's game to help take the pressure off of James.
It looked like we finally got the old D-Wade back.
They were just too hot for the Pacers to handle.
"We played off of each other very well. We both were aggressive at the same time. That's beautiful basketball for the Miami Heat when we play that way," Wade said after the game.
These two plays showed that James and Wade were on their game yesterday:
James put up a stat line we haven't seen in the playoffs since Elgin Baylor way back in 1961. It is only the second time in playoff history someone has put up these kind of numbers.
He seemed like a man on a mission. He didn't want his team to go down 3-1 and take the blame for it.
Indiana just couldn't stop LeBron from getting inside. Getting Indy's bigs in Roy Hibbert and David West in foul trouble really helped James and Wade to be able to get to the rim with relative ease.
Miami has now tied the series 2-2 as they head back to South Beach. The question is if James and Wade can do this again for two straight games.
It seems like the role players aren't helping the duo much at all. Sure, they get Haslem scoring 14 points and Chalmers scoring 25 in Gamd 3 but, all of them will have to put in an equal amount of effort to win this series.
The duo won't be able to put up these types of numbers for two straight games. Indiana is going to fight to win these games. Miami is going to have to withstand the blows.
Now with the series tied, I see Miami pulling out the series in seven games.
Who knows, the Pacers have the capability of going into Miami and stealing a game. They've already done so before.
This series has been the most entertaining one by far, in my opinion. James and Wade are starting to get a groove going and the Pacers are starting to get national respect.
Who will take the deciding 3-2 lead Tuesday in Miami? Tune in and find out.
Evan Sidery is a beat writer for FootBasket. He is a fan of the Colts and Pacers. You can see more about him by following him on Twitter.
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