Monday, May 26, 2014
Top stats to know: Pacers-Heat Game 4
By ESPN Stats & Information
The Miami Heat overcame a 15-point deficit to defeat the Indiana Pacers Saturday night to take a 2-1 lead in the NBA Eastern Conference Finals.
Tonight's game is a virtual must win for the Pacers as the Heat have won all seven series in which they held a 3-1 lead in the James-Wade-Bosh era (since 2010-2011 season). Teams that lead a best-of-seven series 3-1 go on to win the series 96.4 percent of the time. The 2006 Phoenix Suns were the last team to overcome a 3-1 series deficit (First Round vs Los Angeles Lakers).
Pacers bad in Miami
The Pacers are looking to avoid losing three straight playoff games for the first time since losing Games 4-6 of the 2012 Conference Semifinals against the Heat.
Stealing a game in Miami will be tough. Including both the regular season and postseason, the Pacers are 1-7 on the road against the Heat over the last two seasons and have lost five straight. Five of those seven losses have been by double-digits and only two of the eight games have been decided by one possession.
The Heat have won nine straight home playoff games dating back to Game 2 of the 2013 NBA Finals. Their streak is one shy of the franchise record, set from 2010 to 2011.
Heat just two wins from history
With a win tonight, the Heat would be just one win shy of making the NBA Finals for a fourth consecutive season. Miami would be the first team to accomplish that feat since the Celtics spanning 1984-87 and the fourth team overall.
Hoisting the Larry O'Brien Trophy again this season would mean the Heat will have done so for a third straight year. They would be the first team to three-peat since the Lakers did so from 2000-02 and the sixth team overall.
New high for LeBron
LeBron James is shooting 64.7 percent on two-point shots this postseason. Among the 530 players in NBA history that have attempted at least 150 two-point field goal attempts in a single postseason, James' field goal percentage is the highest. Prior to James, Charles Barkley had the highest field goal percentage on two-pointers at 62.4 percent during the 1986 postseason.
James has a player efficiency rating of 31.5 this postseason, which leads all players and would be the second-highest of his playoff career (37.4 in 2009 postseason). That would be the seventh-highest mark by a player in a single postseason among players that logged at least 300 minutes.