- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 27, 2014

MIAMI (AP) - Inside a downtrodden Indiana Pacers locker room, Lance Stephenson had an interesting choice of words.

“I can take the heat,” he said.

The Heat, that’s another story.

A season built on the idea of breaking through against Miami is now on the brink for the Pacers, who are heading home in a big hole. LeBron James had 32 points and 10 rebounds, Chris Bosh added 25 points, and the Heat moved one win away from another Eastern Conference championship with a 102-90 win on Monday night.

Game 5 is Wednesday in Indianapolis.

“We got outplayed by the Heat,” Pacers coach Frank Vogel said. “I wasn’t disappointed in our fight. I was disappointed in the result.”

Paul George scored 23 points and David West added 20 points and 12 rebounds for the Pacers, who got 15 points from George Hill. But Stephenson - who made news in the days between Games 3 and 4 by suggesting he was in James‘ head - was held to nine points on a foul-filled night, and 7-foot-2 center Roy Hibbert was scoreless in 22 minutes.

Only the Celtics and Lakers franchises have been to the NBA Finals in at least four straight seasons. The Heat now have three chances to join that club.

“We have a chance to play an NBA game on our home floor,” West said. “We are going to try to do something that’s very tough.”

Dwyane Wade added 15 points and Miami never trailed, leading by 23 at one point.

“We try to get better every single day, every single game,” James said. “When you do that and go out and play the type of game that you are capable of playing, you can be satisfied with the results. And that’s what we’ve built over the years.”

James said he didn’t need Stephenson’s words - the Pacers‘ guard said the four-time MVP was showing signs of “weakness” by engaging with him during games - to get him motivated.

It didn’t do much for Stephenson, either. His first-half numbers: zero points, three fouls.

“I was trying to get into his head,” Stephenson said, referring to James. “I guess he stepped up and got the win.”

Added George: “Lance is young. … Sometimes you’ve got to watch what you say.”

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