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Lebron James scored 40 points and Dwayne Wade added 30 including 22 in the decisive second half as the Miami Heat evened their best of 7 Eastern Conference Semifinals series at 2 games apiece with a 101-93 win over the Indiana Pacers at Banker's Life Fieldhouse. James stepped up huge with one of his most impressive postseason performances of his career shooting 14/27 (52%) overall and 12/16 (75%) from the foul line. He also grabbed a team high 18 rebounds and was just one assist shy of a triple double with 9. He also blocked 3 shots and recorded 2 steals despite committing 5 turnovers. Wade sank 13/23 (57%) from the field despite making only 2/6 (33%) from the charity stripe. He pulled down 9 rebounds and handed out 6 assists combining with James outscoring the Pacers 30-16 in the third quarter to take control. Udonis Haslem came off the bench to score 12 of his 14 points in the second half on 5/6 (83%) overall despite having his head split by an elbow from Indiana's Tyler Hansbrough. . Miami shot 48% from the field including 5/12 (42%) from 3 point range. They also converted 20/28 (71%) from the free throw line and outrebounded Indiana 47-38 despite committing 16 turnovers. Danny Granger led Indiana with 20 points on 8/18 (44%) overall and Darren Collison added 16 off the bench on 6/7 (86%) from the floor. Paul George contributed 11 for the Pacers, who shot just 42% including a dismal 7/22 (32%) from 3 point range. The Pacers converted 20/24 (83%) from the ft line but recorded just 17 assists against 16 turnovers. The underrated Pacers scored the first 7 points of the game and built a 10-point lead in the third quarter threatening to run away as they did in Game 3, when James and Wade took over. They scored 38 consecutive points in one stretch bridging the second and third quarters and combined to score 28 of Miami's 30 in the third when the Heat seemed to be playing with two to Indiana's five. Indiana coach Frank Vogel second-guessed his decision to keep Hibbert and David West on the bench for a long stretch after halftime. But it was the Pacers' inability to stop Wade and James that was the difference. Granger's 3-pointer had given Indiana a 61-51 and the Pacers, outhustling the Heat to loose balls, appeared poised to take a commanding lead in the series. However, that's when James and Wade put on a jaw-dropping spectacle, combining for all but two points in a 25-5 run that put Miami up 76-66. During one sequence, Wade lost his balance and fell and was lucky to push the ball toward James near the top of the key. As Wade scrambled to his feet, James alertly passed him the ball and he calmly knocked down a 3-pointer to give the Heat a 64-63 lead. The pair made easy shots, tough ones and did everything in their power to steer Miami away from a 3-1 hole. The Heat took a 76-70 lead into the fourth, and every time Indiana got close, either Wade or James responded. Game 5 is tomorrow evening back at American Airlines Arena.
Tim Duncan scored 21 points and Tony Parker added 17 as the San Antonio spurs swept the Los Angeles Clippers 4-0 with a 102-99 win over the LA Clippers at the Staples Center returning to the Western Conference Finals. Duncan shot 9/14 (64%) overall and collected 9 rebounds while handing out 4 assists. Parker made only 5/13 (39%) from the floor and committed 7 of his team's 16 turnovers but sunk 7/9 (78%) from the foul line. Danny Green and Gary O Neal each contributed 14 points for the Spurs, who shot 53% overall including 6/15 (40%) from 3 point range. San Antonio converted 20/28 (71%) from the free throw line and outrebounded LA 40-36 while recording 28 team assists. Chris Paul led the Clipeprs with 23 points on 9/18 (50%) from the field along with 6 rebounds and 11 assists. Blake Griffin added 21 on 9/20 (45%) and was held to just 5 rebounds. Eric Bledsoe contributed 17 on 8/10 (80%) overall for the Clippers, who shot 48% from the floor but connected on just 4/16 (25%) from beyond the arc despite committing just 7 team turnovers. Both nursing injuries, Griffin and Paul combined to score 21 of the Clippers' 28 points in the third quarter when they took their first lead of the game. In the fourth, Bledsoe came up big, scoring 11 in a row, to extend the lead to 91-85 with 5:38 remaining. After Reggie Evans missed two free throws, Green hit a 3-pointer to tie it at 92. Duncan's hook put the Spurs in front 96-94 before Paul tossed up a one-handed shot that rose to the top of the backboard before dropping straight in as he crashed into a baseline photographer. He made the free throw to put the Clippers ahead by one. Parker scored consecutive baskets and the Spurs regained the lead, 100-97, with 1:47 left. Paul's two free throws drew the Clippers within one. After a timeout, Paul drove the basket and lost the ball. He fouled Green, who made the first and missed the second to keep the Spurs ahead for good. San Antonio could find out as soon as Monday night who it will play next. Oklahoma City leads the Lakers 3-1 in their series, with Game 5 on Monday.