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James, Wade help Heat even series with Pacers

Miami 101, Indiana 93

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INDIANAPOLIS — Miami’s season, the one that’s supposed to end in an NBA championship and vindication, was slipping away.

Miami star LeBron James dunks in front of Indiana's George Hill (rear), Roy Hibbert and Paul George. James scored 40 points and Dwyane Wade chipped in 30 as the Heat knocked off the Pacers in Game 4 on Sunday.  AJ MAST/ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Miami star LeBron James dunks in front of Indiana's George Hill (rear), Roy Hibbert and Paul George. James scored 40 points and Dwyane Wade chipped in 30 as the Heat knocked off the Pacers in Game 4 on Sunday.

LeBron James brought it back.

And this time, Dwyane Wade helped him.

James scored 40 points, Wade added 30 – 22 in the second half – and Miami’s dynamic duo took over after halftime to get the Heat even in the series with a 101-93 win over the Indiana Pacers in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinals Sunday.

With Chris Bosh injured and back in Florida, the James-Wade tandem saved the Heat, who will play host to Game 5 on Tuesday night at AmericanAirlines Arena.

“Just survival,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “This is what the playoffs are about.”

James was at his MVP best, adding 18 rebounds and nine assists and refusing to let Miami’s season slip away.

“It’s still going to be a dogfight,” James said. “It’s a three-game series now.”

Wade rebounded from the worst playoff game of his career, shaking off a 1 of 8 shooting start and adding nine rebounds and six assists.

Danny Granger scored 20 to lead the Pacers, who had the Heat down but couldn’t put the defending conference champions away.

Down by 10 points in the third quarter, the Heat were in danger of having their championship dreams obliterated by an Indiana team outworking them at both ends and backed by a towel-waving fans.

James would have none of it. Wade either.

Wade, who scored five points in Game 3 and yelled at coach Erik Spoelstra on the sideline during a third-quarter timeout in Miami’s 19-point loss, came alive in the third when he made all six shots and scored 14 points.

EX-NBA STAR, OLYMPIAN DIES

OMAHA, Neb. — Bob Boozer, a member of the 1960 Olympic basketball team who went on to star in the NBA, has died of a brain aneurysm. He was 75.

Boozer was a two-time All-American at Kansas State in 1958-59 and played 11 years in the NBA after the Cincinnati Royals drafted him No. 1 overall. The 6-foot-8 forward retired after winning the 1971 NBA title with the Milwaukee Bucks. He played with Jerry West and Oscar Robertson on the gold medal winning 1960 Olympic team and went on to average 14.8 points and 8.1 rebounds in his career.


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