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And now it’s the Pacers who have absolutely no room for error, since only eight teams in NBA history have successfully overcome a 3-1 series deficit. No one has done so this deep into the playoffs since 1981.

“We know we can close it out, but it’s going to be a very hostile environment,” said Heat forward Chris Bosh, who scored 25 points in Game 4. “We’re expecting that. We’re expecting them at their best. It’s always extremely hard to close out a team.”

Vogel — who held a pre-flight film session before the Pacers left Miami — said he implored his players in that meeting to only think about Game 5 and not allow themselves to become consumed with the daunting task of climbing out of a 3-1 hole.

“I think that is when we are at our best, when our back is against the wall,” Pacers guard George Hill said. “We are going to be home in front of our fans and I’m sure they’re going to be going crazy.”

The Heat would expect nothing less.

A win would give Miami more than a week off before the NBA Finals begin on June 5. It would also give the Heat franchise the distinction of being the third club in NBA history to make the finals in four straight seasons, joining the Celtics and Lakers.

“We don’t want to come back for Game 6,” James said. “We love our fans, obviously. We love being in Miami, but we want to try to close it out. But we’re going to have to work for it. It’s not going to be easy, not against this team.”