Pacers vs. Heat Links: Pacers even up series with tough, resilient effort

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The Pacers came to play for 48 minutes against the Heat on Thursday night and were able to close out a win and even the ECF before returning to Miami.

It was far from pretty. Honestly, watching the bulk of the Pacers' offensive possessions was enough to drive me crazy.

But the results? A work of art.

What the Pacers lacked in offensive execution, they made up for with strength, toughness and a resilient spirit that absorbed every run the Heat muster. Yes, the Heat appeared on their way to blowing past the Pacers when LeBron James splashed a 3-ball to tie the game at 83. But the Pacers gathered themselves and pushed back even harder, winning the rebounding battle 16 to 4 down the stretch.

Roy Hibbert was a beast in the middle, making 8 of 10 shots around the rim. Lance Stephenson had far more good than bad and simply left LeBron perplexed following the game when he was asked about his battle with Stephenson. He still couldn't fathom he was battling Stephenson down the stretch AND his team didn't win.

Now that is beautiful.

So now the Pacers return to South Beach with plenty of confidence which they will need to battle a desperate Heat team. Hopefully, they can come up with better offense than just getting the ball to the rim and crashing the glass.

Check out the links:

Heat at Pacers - Game 4 - Box score and highlights

Game Rewind: Pacers 99, Heat 92, Game 4 | THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE INDIANA PACERS

Lance's Buzzer Beater | THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE INDIANA PACERS

Pacers get their swagger back, even Eastern Conference finals with 99-92 win over Heat in Game 4 | Indianapolis Star | indystar.com

Lance's Buzzer Beater | THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE INDIANA PACERS

Bob Kravitz: Fearless Pacers keep their season alive, don't back down from champs | Indianapolis Star | indystar.com

Pacers playoffs: Lance Stephenson provides much-needed spark | Indianapolis Star | indystar.com

Finishing the Product | THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE INDIANA PACERS

Hibbert Puts it in Writing | Pacers Blogs

Ten Takeaways from Game 4 | Pacers Blogs

Hibbert, Stephenson spark Pacers past Heat to tie series - 1070 The Fan

Gritty Pacers outlast Heat to tie series | Fox 59 News – fox59.com

Breaking down the Pacers’ Game 4 win over the Heat | Fox 59 News – fox59.com

Heat vs. Pacers, Game 4: The night Indiana grew up - SBNation.com

Unofficial Story: Hibbert Leads Boarding Party - Daily Dime - ESPN

INDIANAPOLIS: Miami Heat struggles through Game 4, Indiana Pacers tie series - Miami Heat - MiamiHerald.com

INDIANAPOLIS: Greg Cote: Miami Heat’s Big 3 comes up little on this night - Greg Cote - MiamiHerald.com

Heat lose grip on late lead, lose to Pacers 99-92 in Game 4, ECF series tied at 2-2 - Hot Hot Hoops

The Miami Heat, Indiana Pacers, and the NBA Eastern Conference finals - Grantland

Miami Heat, Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade, LeBron James take on Indiana Pacers. - South Florida Sun-Sentinel.com

Ethan Skolnick: Even LeBron James can’t save Miami Heat from... | www.palmbeachpost.com

Heat falter after uncharacteristic miscues - Heat Index Blog - ESPN

LeBron James fouls out as Indiana ties the series and wins Game 4, in a poorly officiated contest | Ball Don't Lie - Yahoo! Sports

Lance Stephenson’s 3rd-quarter buzzer-beater makes Pacers owner’s daughter swoon (Video) | Ball Don't Lie - Yahoo! Sports

Pacers growing into threat Heat struggling to vanquish - NBA - Ian Thomsen - SI.com

Pacers Win Game 4 vs. Heat Despite Bad Refs and Joey Crawford | 8 Points, 9 Seconds

Pacers Get ‘Encouraged,’ Get Even " NBA.com | Hang Time Blog

2013 Playoffs: Pacers find form to even series with Heat - Indy Sports Legends

Roy Hibbert is the Pacers MVP - TrueHoop Blog - ESPN

LeBron James and David West, flopping together! - SBNation.com

Stephenson asked to guard LeBron, was a difference-maker - CBS Sports

Pacers talk beating Heat, tying series — they are confident (VIDEO) | ProBasketballTalk

Roy Hibbert and the Pacers' size comes up big again - CBSSports.com

Pacers fan has amazing reaction to buzzer-beater | For The Win

Did NBA ref cost the Heat the game? | For The Win

Wild card Lance Stephenson lets Pacers rest easy - USA Today

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