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Heat Even Series With Pacers, LeBron Scores 40

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 After a few days off, plenty of dramatic headlines, and a pubic star player/coach argument, the Miami Heat rebounded Sunday afternoon to even their best-of-seven series with the Indiana Pacers at 2-2.

LeBron James and Dwyane Wade (both pictured left) led the way for the Heat, scoring 40 and 30 respectively on the way to a 101-93 victory. James, the league MVP, also pulled down 18 boards and dished out 9 assists in his most complete performance of this postseason. Long-time Heat forward Udonis Haslem was clutch as well, playing tough, hard-nosed basketball, adding 14 points of his own, including a 4-5 shooting performance in the 4th quarter.

“We had a terrible performance in Game 3,” James explained after the win. “We wanted to redeem ourselves.”

James and Wade did that and more. It was the highest-scoring total for James and Wade in their playoff career as teammates. The previous high was 67 in a game against the Boston Celtics last year.

Danny Granger scored 20 in a losing effort for Indiana, while Darren Collison added 16 on 6-7 shooting from the field.

Game 5 shifts back to Miami on Tuesday night.

“It’s still going to be a dogfight,” James stated. “It’s a three-game series now.”

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