The Indiana Pacers tied the series up against Miami Heat in Game 4 after Lance Stephenson came to life, dropping 20 points to go along with the strong interior play of Roy Hibbert (23 points 12 boards) and David West (14 and 12). The Pacers played the second half at their pace and dominated the glass, particularly after Chris Bosh went out of the game with an ankle injury.
The referees had almost as much impact on the game as some of the key players. There were a lot of calls for minimal contact as the referees seemed to blow their whistle at any opportunity. LeBron James fouled out of the game with less than a minute left, and it sealed Miami's fate as they couldn't make up the four point gap. The final score was 99-92.
The series returns home on Thursday for Game 5.
Joey Crawford at the scorer's table watching video of Joey Crawford. This surprises no one. twitter.com/BleacherReport…— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) May 29, 2013
RT @damienwoody: What's Joey Crawford stat line tonight?— Bomani Jones (@bomani_jones) May 29, 2013
Calls like that shouldn't happen. Referees should be held accountable for making mistakes that affect the outcome of the game.— Brett Poirier NBA (@BrettNBA) May 29, 2013
I can't watch ESPN without flipping out over the referees' calls. Sports fans feel my pain.— Jake S. (@cakedjake) May 29, 2013
Joey Crawford's got all night, people.He's got nowhere to be.— Jim Rome (@jimrome) May 29, 2013
"Terrible call" "Joey Crawford" and "David Stern" all trending in the US. Welcome to the NBA Playoffs.— Jimmy Traina (@JimmyTraina) May 29, 2013
The Pacers have laid groundwork for the upset. They can win Game 5 in Miami. They know they can win there. That's confidence they need.— Rob Parker (@RobParkerLocal4) May 29, 2013
LeBron James fouls out as Pacers beat Heat in Game 4 usat.ly/Zs6Alz— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) May 29, 2013
Lost in the Joey Crawford madness: Pacers crushed the Heat on the boards after Chris Bosh turned his ankle.— Tom Haberstroh (@tomhaberstroh) May 29, 2013