10:44 PM EDT, May 20, 2012
INDIANAPOLIS - Sometimes the "Big Two" are just two too many.
At least that's the way it seemed for the final 24 minutes of a possible control-seizing game for a young team hoping to make a statement against a expectation-fueled machine of a squad.
With precision drives and crisp shots, Lebron James and Dwayne Wade turned Bankers Life Fieldhouse in to their personal playground. The scored 35-straight points during a second half stretch and finished with 70 combined when it was all over.
Left on the short end of a 101-93 loss had a confident Pacers teams quiet and head-shaking late Sunday afternoon.
"We were prepared to come in and win this game," said a somber David West following the Game 4 loss. "We thought we had a good flow. Again, I thought their were key stretches of the game where they made more plays than we did."
Luckily for the Pacers their is time to makes those plays again. In 48 hours they'll play Miami again in a Game 5 still tied in the best-of-seven series and just a game away from grabbing the home floor advantage in the series again.
While the team realizes how critical it was to let a chance at going up 3-1, they are trying to think of the series with the powerful Heat in a more global sense.
"This is not a sprint-this is a marathon," said center Roy Hibbert of the series. "We have a lot of basketball left to be played."
Most hoped that could possibly be just one game after the Pacers picked up a decisive victory in Game 3 of the series. With Chris Bosh already out with abdominal strain, Dwyane Wade struggling with an unknown injury issue and the team struggling from behind the arc, it seemed a confident Pacers team might be ready to pull a major playoff upset.
Even the start to Game 4 seemed to support that conclusion as the Pacers jumped out to a 9-0 lead and led by as many as 10 early in the second half.
"Nobody said coming into this that it would be easy," said forward Paul George. "We've proved we can go there and win. We did a great job the two games that we played them there so we've got the confidence still."