James, Wade take charge as Heat draw even with Pacers

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — LeBron James scored 40 points, superstar sidekick Dwyane Wade added 30 — 22 in the second half — and Miami’s dynamic duo took over after halftime to pull the Heat even in the series with a 101-93 win over the Indiana Pacers in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinals Sunday.

With Chris Bosh injured and back in Florida, the James-Wade tandem saved the Heat, who will host Game 5 on Tuesday night.

James was at his MVP best, adding 18 rebounds and nine assists and refusing to let Miami’s season slip away. Wade rebounded from the worst playoff game of his career, shaking off a 1-for-8 shooting start and adding nine rebounds and six assists.

Danny Granger scored 20 to lead the Pacers.

Down by 10 points in the third quarter, the Heat were in danger of seeing their championship dreams obliterated by an Indiana team outworking them at both ends.

James would have none of it.

And this time, Wade joined him.

Wade, who scored five points in Game 3 and yelled at coach Erik Spoelstra on the sideline during a third-quarter timeout in Miami’s 19-point loss, came alive in the third when he made all six shots and scored 14 points. James added 14 as well in the period as the pair landed a 1-2 punch.

Granger’s 3-pointer had given Indiana a 61-51 and the Pacers, outhustling the Heat to loose balls, appeared poised to take a commanding lead in the series.

But that’s when James and Wade put on a jaw-dropping spectacle, combining for all but two points in a 25-5 run that put Miami up 76-66.

During one sequence, Wade lost his balance and fell and was lucky to push the ball toward James near the top of the key. As Wade scrambled to his feet, James alertly passed him the ball and he calmly knocked down a 3-pointer to give the Heat a 64-63 lead. The pair made easy shots, tough ones and did everything in their power to steer Miami away from a 3-1 hole.

Only eight teams in league history have overcome a 3-1 deficit to win a best-of-seven series. That’s what the Heat were staring at with a loss in Game 4.

The Heat took a 76-70 lead into the fourth, and every time Indiana got close, either Wade or James responded.

Miami also got a huge lift down the stretch from Udonis Haslem, who hasn’t been a factor in the series but made four big jumpers in the final six minutes despite playing with a large bandage over his right eye after being elbowed by Indiana’s Tyler Hansbrough.

Granger’s 3-pointer got the Pacers to 96-91 with 1:33 left, but Haslem hit another short shot, and James closed the Pacers out with three free throws in the last 16 seconds.

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