Pacers look to tie up series

May 26, 2014 18:21:31 UK

The Indiana Pacers enter Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals at the American Airlines Arena on Monday trailing the Miami Heat by two games to one.

The visitors, with a win, can also regain the home court advantage that they lost when the Heat went into the Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis last week and came away with an 87-83 victory.

On Saturday Miami maintained the momentum with a 12-point win as they eased by the Pacers 99-87.

Ray Allen and Norris Cole combined for 25 points off the bench for the Heat as Chris Bosh continues to struggle for the two-time defending NBA champions. The big man is just 12-of-33 over the course of the series, hitting four shots and scoring nine points in each of the contests.

Over in Oklahoma City, the ‘season ending’ injury to Serge Ibaka turned out to be just a couple of games as the power forward returned in Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals.

Ibaka was 6-of-7 from the floor for 15 points, grabbing seven rebounds and blocking four shots as the Thunder rolled to a 106-97 triumph at the Chesapeake Energy Arena.

Russell Westbrook led all scorers with 26 points and Kevin Durant added a further 25 as the Oklahoma City duo each went 8-of-19 from the field in significantly better performances than their first couple of efforts at the AT & T Center in San Antonio.

The Spurs remain fully aware that the Thunder went two down in 2012 only to storm back with four straight victories to set up a match up in the Finals with the Heat. Game 4 on Tuesday now takes on added importance, as San Antonio will look to quell any potential momentum that Oklahoma gained from the return of Ibaka.

The Pacers are 26.00 to win the NBA Chammpionship, while the Heat are 2.10 to win the title.

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