Eastern Conference Finals tied

Hibbert takes control as Indiana bounce back in 7-point win. 

 

Photo: Joe Robbins AFP

Photo: Joe Robbins AFP

 

Indiana responded with a 7 point win in Indianapolis yesterday to tie the series at 2-2.

 

Roy Hibbert stole the spotlight scoring 23 points and taking 12 rebounds, in a best on court performance.

 

Indiana outscored Miami 50-32 in the paint, thanks to Hibbert’s effort to give the Pacers second chance shots from rebounds.

 

Lance Stephenson was in menacing form scoring 20 points, with a 9 of 15 shooting rate.

 

LeBron James hit 24 points but wasn’t a factor as he fouled out late in the fourth quarter.

 

Other key Heat players that didn’t factor was Dwayne Wade who shot just 5 of 15 and Mario Chalmers 6 of 14 from the field.

 

Indiana completed a 13-3 run in the final five minutes of the game to hand Miami only their 3rd loss in the playoffs this season.

 

Pacer’s coach Frank Vogel was proud of the teams resolve and ability to face adversity:

 

“We’ve shown a great deal of resolve all year. This is the first time we’ve faced adversity this playoff season. Our guys rose to the challenge to start the game, then when Miami came and took the lead, they rose to the challenge again.”

 

Game 5 of the series will return to Miami and will be played Thursday night. Friday morning in Australia.

 

Written by James Hetherington

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