Lance Stephenson thought he was inside LeBron James’ head. He thought he was getting to LeBron. He thought that the back-to-back NBA Finals MVP was beginning to show weakness. He thought the Indiana Pacers would be boarding their flight tonight in a 2-2 ECF series tie.
He was wrong on all fronts.
Instead, LeBron James — with help from a resurrected Chris Bosh — steamrolled their way past the Pacers in Game 4 (102-90), shut up Stephenson (and Hibbert for that matter) as they snagged a stranglehold of the Eastern Conference Finals by taking a 3-1 series lead.
James scored a game-high 32 points and snagged 10 rebounds. Bosh added 25 points (including the first eight points of the ball game) as the Heat moved one win away from reaching their fourth-straight NBA Finals.
Dwyane Wade added a quiet 15 points. Rashard Lewis, who started in place of an injured Chris “Birdman” Andersen, scored zero points but finished as a plus-14 on the night.
Paul George led the Pacers in defeat with 23 points on 8-for-16 shooting on the night. David West added 20 points and George Hill finished with 15. Stephenson finished with nine points on 3-of-7 shooting in 32 minutes. And Roy Hibbert might as well have stayed at the team hotel. He finished with a grand total of zero points and five rebounds.
Game 5 is Wednesday night in Indiana.