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Big games for both. Next to James‘ line, they were practically afterthoughts. James scored or assisted on 62 of Miami’s 101 points.

“We had two days to prepare,” Howard said. “We had an opportunity to watch a lot of film and see some things as a team that we did wrong, what we could do to do better. Then I’m sure (James and Wade) had a chance to look at it individually … but you give us two days to prepare, two days to rest our bodies, then I’m not surprised by their performance.”

The Pacers did their part to help Miami’s comeback on Sunday.

Roy Hibbert finished with 10 points and nine rebounds, but the 7-foot-2 center also was slowed by foul trouble, as was forward David West. That, and Indiana’s defense slipped at the absolute worst time: The Pacers entered Sunday having allowed only nine 30-point games all season, but by day’s end, that list had 11 entries with James and Wade both getting there.

“I thought we’d been doing a good job,” West said. “Yesterday was the first time they got easy stuff. Wade got easy dunks, easy layups. LeBron the same thing. I thought up to that point they were scrapping and fighting for those … It’s just a lot of self-inflicted wounds that are correctable.”

If the Pacers are going to pull this series out, those corrections will need to come in Miami against a team that finished the regular season tied with San Antonio for the NBA’s best home mark.

“I think we’re really not worried about home-court advantage,” Granger said. “We’re a good road team, and we’re going to go down there and try to get the win.”

There was some consolation for Indiana in that it took phenomenal efforts from James and Wade for Miami to win by eight points in Game 4. A Heat team that scored 75 points in both Game 2 and Game 3 got nearly that many from two players Sunday.

The Pacers don’t expect that to happen again. Neither does James.

“All the great players, if they could do it every night, they would do it every night,” James said. “If you could have 40 and 20 and 10, you’d do it every night. But it’s not realistic.”

Still, it was the reality on Sunday. And that’s why Miami’s reality on Monday was that the reigning East champs need only to hold home court to advance.

“We expect their best and their best is good enough to win,” Wade said. “We’ve seen that. … It’s a big game _ for both teams.”


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