Hibbert Leads Pacers to Win as James Fouls Out in NBA PlayoffsNancy Kercheval
Roy Hibbert had 23 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Indiana Pacers to a 99-92 win against the defending champion Miami Heat and tie their National Basketball Association playoff series at two games apiece.
The Heat host the Pacers for Game 5 tomorrow in their best-of-seven series. The Eastern Conference champions will meet the San Antonio Spurs in the league’s championship series beginning June 6.
The Pacers started the game with an 11-0 run before LeBron James hit two free throws to put the Heat on the board at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. Indiana ended the first quarter ahead 26-22 and had a 48-47 advantage at the half.
“When we come out to play like that, we’re unstoppable,” Hibbert said in a televised interview. “We’re not going anywhere. We’re going down to Miami to fight there.”
The Heat came within two points of the Pacers, 94-92, on James’s 3-pointer with one minute, 20 seconds left in the game. Twenty-four seconds later, James fouled out for the first time since last year’s playoffs and the Heat failed to add another point as the Pacers expanded their lead.
Lance Stephenson scored 20 points and George Hill added 19 for the Pacers, who shot 50 percent from the field compared with 39 percent for the Heat. Indiana outrebounded Miami 49-30.
James led the Heat with 24 points and Mario Chalmers had 20 points. Chris Bosh left the game in the third quarter with an ankle injury.