INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Pacers showed they are in the NBA playoffs to win it. They relentlessly attacked the basket, continually won the battle for loose balls, dominated the glass and beating the Miami Heat Tuesday night.
The Indiana Pacers used size and interior strength to outmaneuver the Miami Heat for a 99-92 victory. The win evens up this series at two games apiece, and means the San Antonio Spurs will wait even more time to find out their opponent in the NBA Finals.
The Eastern Conference finals are tied at 2 and the pressure has swung back to Miami.
The Pacers outrebounded Miami 49-30, and poured in 50 points in the paint to just 32 for the Heat. Both Roy Hibbert and David West posted double-doubles, and all five starters scored in double digits.
Chris Bosh was 1-of-6 shooting and three boards in the final minutes. No matter who played the frontcourt for the Heat, Hibbert came out on top.
"We're never going to give up. We're relentless," Hibbert said after another big game. "All those guys in there, they believe we can win. No matter what all the analysts or whoever says anything, they count us out, those guys in the locker room were ready to play and we went out and played our hearts out."
Game 5 is will be played in Miami on Thursday.