Monday, May 26, 2014
Top stats to know: Heat 102, Pacers 90
By ESPN Stats & Information
The Miami Heat controlled Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals from start to finish.
Now they’re one win away from finishing off the Indiana Pacers, after beating them 102-90 on Monday.
The Heat improved to 8-1 at home against the Pacers and have now won 10 straight home playoff games, matching their longest streak in franchise history (done from 2010 to 2011).
LeBron passes Jordan
LeBron James had 32 points, 10 rebounds and five assists to pace the Heat. James now has 74 playoff games with at least 25 points, five rebounds and five assists, surpassing Michael Jordan for the most such games in NBA history.
James also has 21 games with a 30-5-5 combo, passing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for most all-time.
James took the ball to the basket repeatedly, taking advantage of the Pacers inside. He finished this game 10 for 12 shooting from inside the paint, 9 for 10 from inside the restricted area.
Difference-Maker: Bosh’s big game
Chris Bosh finished with 25 points, his most in any game this postseason and his most in a game against the Pacers since joining the Heat. He had scored only 27 total points in the first three games of this series, and was only averaging 7.9 points on 30 percent shooting in his previous eight postseason games against the Pacers.
Bosh was 6-for-10 on jump shots in Game 4. The rest of the Heat were a combined 8-for-31.
Non-factor: Roy Hibbert
Roy Hibbert averaged 15.7 points and 8.0 rebounds in the first three games of the series.
He was scoreless on 0-for-4 shooting, with five rebounds in Game 4.
Teams that lead a best-of-seven series 3-1 win the series 96 percent of the time. The last team to overcome a 3-1 series deficit was the Phoenix Suns against the Los Angeles Lakers in 2006.
The Heat are one win shy of making the NBA Finals for a fourth straight season. They’d be the first team to do that since the Boston Celtics did so from 1984 to 1987.
The Heat have won all seven series in which they had a 3-1 lead in the “Big Three” era. The Pacers are 0-3 all-time in series in which they trailed 3-1.
The Heat have had two three-game playoff losing streaks in the James/Wade/Bosh era, once in the 2011 NBA Finals against the Mavericks and then again in the 2012 Eastern Conference finals against the Boston Celtics.