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article imageLeBron drops 40 as Heat evens series with Pacers

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By Layne Weiss     May 20, 2012 in Sports
Indianapolis - The thought of going down 1-3 to the Indiana Pacers was too much for the Heat to handle, so with a 101-93 victory, they evened the series 2-2 in game 4 Sunday.
LeBron James had 40 points, 19 rebounds, and 9 assists, ESPN reports. Dwyane Wade helped with 30 points, 22 of which were scored in the second half.
The Heat had been down 2-1 in the series against the Pacers.
Indiana had a strong start and led by 8 points at the half.
"I felt like I had to do whatever it took to win," LeBron said.
The Pacers' Paul George said, "We let them really control in transition," the Sun-Sentinel reports. They got out and they were able to score. They killed us on the boards as well. That's something that we've done a great job of all series."
Danny Granger was given his 3rd technical foul of the series Sunday as he got involved in a scuffle between Mario Chalmers and Paul George, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
"We got to send a message that we won't back down," Granger said about the team which he refers to as the "media darlings."
Granger led the Pacers with 20 points. Darren Collison had 16, and Paul George and Roy Hibbert both added 13 each, the Indy Star reports.
He and Paul George made a strong run in the 4th quarter to cut the Heat's lead down to 5. The Miami's Udonis Haslem helped to kill a lot of the Pacers' late game momentum. He finished with 14 points, and provided a much needed spark for the Heat.
The Heat will host the Pacers for Game 5 Tuesday.
"It's still going to be a dogfight," NBA MVP LeBron James said.
According to ESPN, Dwyane Wade was very proud of Sunday's performance.
"Me and Bron had it going," Wade said. He received much criticism for his performance Thursday. Many have called it the worst playoff performance of his career, and he was determined to bounce back. "We played off each other very well. We were both aggressive at the same time."
USA Today reports that before Sunday's game, Heat reserve, veteran Juwan Howard was involved in a verbal altercation with the Pacers' Lance Stephenson, who flashed a choke signal at LeBron James in game 3 Thursday.
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