Just like that, everything seems OK. Amazing what a pair of Hall-of-Fame worthy performances will do to a series.
LeBron James and Dwyane Wade combined to score 70 points on Sunday night in the Heat's critical Game 4 victory. Was it the turning point in the series for the Heat or is this second-round series against the Pacers destined for seven games? This much I know, the Heat will be tough to beat if James and Wade play like that on Tuesday in Miami.
IT WAS OVER WHEN...
LeBron muscled his way for a put-back dunk with 8:12 left in the game. James played with a killer instinct on Sunday that could carry the Heat from the edge of despair back to The Finals. Can he keep it up?
LINE OF THE NIGHT
LeBron James: 40 points, 14 of 27 from the field, 12 of 16 from the three-throw line, 6 offensive rebounds, 12 defensive rebounds, nine assists, two steals, two blocks, five turnovers and a one personal foul. One assist shy of a triple-double. Could someone have helped this man out in the fourth quarter and made a shot!
BACK IN THE PAINT
The Heat scored 50 of its 101 points from the paint, the most allowed by the Pacers in the 2012 postseason. Indiana had 32 points in the paint. The Heat also out-rebounded the Pacers 47-38.
SECOND LINE OF THE NIGHT
Roy Hibbert: 10 points, nine rebounds, three blocks, three turnovers, five personal fouls. Limited by foul trouble, Hibbert was less effective than in Game 3.
The Heat was 5 of 12 from three-point range, matching its total number of three-point field goals of the last three games.
James and Wade combined for 19 of the Heat's 29 rebounds and nine of the Heat's 11 assists in the second half.
Name the Heat player who scored in the second half besides the trio of James, Wade and Udonis Haslem? Answer: Joel Anthony had two points. James, Wade and Haslem accounted for the rest of the Heat's 55 points in the second half.
HOW DID MY KEYS TO VICTORY HOLD UP?
Pretty good, I guess. James had 18 rebounds, or one fewer than his postseason career high. It was definitely one of the differences in the game. The Heat had five three-pointers, which is one fewer than I thought Miami needed. So...that's good. Wade, of course, was no where near average. He had a tremendous game and the Heat won by eight points.