The worst thing that could happen to the Indiana Pacers happened: LeBron James and Dwyane Wade got mad and turned that emotion into a dynamic effort on the court.
The Miami Heat superstar tandem, playing with a synchronized sense of purpose, exploded in Indianapolis in a virtual must-win situation. James had 40 points and Wade 30 (22 points after halftime) as the Heat overcome a 10-point deficit to earn a 101-93 victory that evens the best-of-seven series at 2-2.
James was spectacular, from the perimeter and on daring forays to the basket. He was aided and abetted by Wade, who was a non-factor in Miami’s Game 3 blowout loss Thursday, during which he and coach Eric Spolsetra had a heated exchange on the bench.
Without all-star forward Chris Bosh (strained abdominal), the Heat needed superlative efforts by their top two play and at least another teammate. And that assistance came in the form or Udonis Haslem. The one-time starter provided 14 points off the bench and had a pair of critical jump shots as the Heat moved in to salt away the game and retake home-court advantage.
Critical Game 5 will b held Tuesday in Miami.
Danny Granger scored 20 to lead the Pacers, who suddenly are in a vulnerable position.