Pacers vs. Heat Links: Pacers return home down to last strike in Game 5

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The Pacers were run over by the Heat in Game 4, unable to match the champs' effort on the road. Following the game the Pacers were more offended by the officials than their own play which put their post-game effort on par with their game effort.

The Pacers were beaten to the punch to start the first and third quarters, as the Heat applied pressure early to start the game and second half which led to a series of turnovers off bewildering pass attempts.

For the game, the Heat scored 20 points off of the Pacers' 14 turnovers, but 10 of those turnovers came in the first and third quarters combined along with 18 of the 20 donation points. That quickly mutes any complaints about officiating and flopping, regardless of how maddening it might have been at times.

You have to take care of your own business before looking elsewhere for excuses. Paul George complained about "home cooking" after the game, but I can't get past the sloppy, one-handed bounce-pass turnover PG coughed up on the first possession of the third quarter.

Suddenly, this series is turning into a microcosm of the Pacers' regular season. Strong start with stretches of fantastic, championship caliber play before exhaling far too soon and then being left trying to put together a full team effort again while everyone is not up to the task.

The Pacers can play with Miami all day, but they can't beat Miami in the end with any weak links showing up. In Game 4, Roy Hibbert and Lance Stephenson didn't have what it took to beat the Heat.

Now the Pacers are down to their last strike. Game 5 at home to extend the series and the season. Going to need a better effort across the board and much better body language than this from Lance.

Check out the links:

Pacers at Heat, Game 4: Box score

Game Rewind: Pacers 90, Heat 102, Game 4 | THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE INDIANA PACERS

Radio Highlights: Pacers 90, Heat 102 (Game 4) | Pacers Blogs

Insider: With everything on the line, Pacers cry foul? - Indy Star

On and off court, Pacers Game 4 performance absurd - 1070 The Fan

Kravitz: With chance to make it a series, Pacers get embarrassed

Sign of weakness, Lance? Think again - Indy Star

Heat teammates rouse Chris Bosh from series-long slump - Indy Star

Heat dominate Pacers, take Game 4 to move one win away from Finals - Hot Hot Hoops

Daily Dime: Indy's talk can't match Heat's walk in Game 4 - ESPN

Pacers’ Paul George suggests Heat got ‘home cooking’ from officials in Game 4 | The Point Forward - SI.com

Pacers vs. Heat final score, NBA playoffs 2014: LeBron James, Chris Bosh dominate as Miami takes 3-1 series lead - SBNation.com

Good morning, please stop trying to get into LeBron's head - SBNation.com

G4: Heat 102, Indiana 90: LeBron schools Stephenson, Bosh big as Miami takes 3-1 lead; plus Heat 3 Stars (updated), Pat Riley in your bedroom & more | Greg Cote's Random Evidence of a Cluttered Blog

Miami Heat throttles Indiana Pacers, takes 3-1 lead in Eastern Conference Finals - Miami Heat - MiamiHerald.com

Ira Winderman on Indiana Pacers at Miami Heat - Sun Sentinel

2014 NBA Playoffs -- Roy Hibbert says game plan key to goose egg - ESPN

Indiana Pacers down 3-1 after never being in 102-90 Game Four loss | KentSterling.com

Pacers Get Blown Out by Heat in Game 4 - 8 points, 9 seconds

TheJayGravesReport.com: Stage Fright (How Lance agitated the bears, started the fire & ran off on the Pacers)

Mr. Pacer: Pacers offer little resistance to Heat

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