Indiana Pacers Game 4 Recap: Clutch Win Deadlocks Series

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - LeBron James scored 32 points and combined with Kyle Korver for all but two of Cleveland's final 13 points as the Cavaliers escaped with a 104-100 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Sunday to even the first-round series at two games apiece.

Backup center Domantas Sabonis led IN with 19 points, while all five starters scored IN double digits.

3-pointers, reaching 200 for his postseason career, and also made two key free throws with 14 seconds remaining.

As far as the chaotic final few seconds where it looked like IN might get the ball back down 3 points, McMillan said the discussion between the officials wasn't about a jump ball or a foul call on Lance Stephenson. Stephenson slammed Green to the ground in grabbing the ball, with Green responding in anger that could have conceivably resulted in him being assessed a technical foul. After being reviewed he was deemed to have fouled Green, but these type of plays are priceless in the post-season. After a slow start to the game, Korver caught fire, making four 3-pointers and finishing his night with 18 points. The Pacers, one of the league's best groups when it comes to taking care of the ball, had seven turnovers in the first 12 minutes. "If I could put my finger on it, we'd change it", James said at shootaround. Jordan Clarkson finished with 12 points.

Indy held a 2-1 lead in their second-round meeting with the Heat in 2012 but ended up losing three straight games and they are keen to avoid a repeat and allow the Cavaliers to steal back home-court advantage.

"You know, I love Lance", Lue said. "Playing in drive, playing early in transition and looking to score the basketball". Young scored the Pacers' last four points of the quarter on a rebound tip and a driving dunk. He has the ability to go off in the second quarter like he did.

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According to, Cavs are 1-point favorites.

From there, IN went to work, getting the deficit down to a 60-50 Cavs lead at the break following a backdoor feed from Stephenson to Darren Collison to close the half.

Kevin Love picked up an injury in the last game but is expected to be fine to start tonight.

For the Cavaliers, LeBron James closed the first half on pace for yet another 46-point outing, racking up 23 points and six rebounds across the first 24 minutes of action.

"I mean, I shouldn't have even gotten a tech in the first place", James said after the game. "We just have to clean that up".

The series is now tied 2-2 and Game 5 will be on Wednesday in Cleveland. "We're going to bring it like we [brought] it the first game".

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