Unstoppable. That's the only word to describe LeBron in this game. Down 2-1 in the series, LeBron put his team on his back and tried to win the game by himself through halftime, then Dwyane Wade joined the effort thereafter. LeBron scored or assisted on every one of the Heat's points in the first quarter and he never let up on the gas after that. LeBron earned Heat Reaction's first A-plus.
Were we just watching a Dwyane Wade imposter until halftime? After looking like a shell of his former self for the past week or so, Wade came alive in the third quarter and hit 11 straight shots at one point. Whatever voodoo he did in the locker room, it worked. Wade was active off the ball, hit his 3-pointers and looked like himself again.
We hear a lot about Udonis Haslem's toughness. You saw it on display on Sunday. After absorbing a blood-drawing elbow to his eye in the third quarter, a pirate-looking Haslem returned to the floor with an eye bandage and delivered clutch shot after clutch shot. After being relegated to the end of the bench the past couple of games, Haslem has to feel vindicated.
After having a career night on Thursday, Chalmers was a doormat for Darren Collison. The Heat couldn't have expected an encore performance in Game 4, but some defensive effort would have been helpful. With Collison giving Chalmers whiplash, Erik Spoelstra was forced to throw rookie Norris Cole in the fire. Didn't work. His late corner 3-pointer that ricocheted off the side of the backboard said it all.
To be fair, no team can stop LeBron and Wade when they have it going like that. The Pacers got off to another blazing start in Game 4, but they were defenseless against the Heat's duo after halftime. Darren Collison was a sparkplug off the bench, but the game was lost when David West and Roy Hibbert got beat on the boards.