Don’t print those Spurs-Heat programs for the NBA Finals just yet.
The Indiana Pacers aren’t ready to concede the Eastern Conference title to Miami.
Staging an impressive rally in the final five minutes and the beneficiary of several key calls down the stretch, the Pacers beat the Heat 99-92 Tuesday to tie the Eastern Conference finals at two games apiece.
Game 5 is Thursday in Miami.
The Western Conference champion San Antonio Spurs await the East champ in the NBA Finals, which begin June 6.
The Pacers scored eight consecutive points, wiping out a three-point deficit, to take a 94-89 lead with 1:30 to play. The run concluded with back-to-back Roy Hibbert layups, the second leading to a three-point play.
LeBron James hit a 3-pointer to pull the Heat within two, but Lance Stephenson responded with a short jumper that pushed Indiana’s advantage to 96-92.
With 56 seconds to go, James was whistled for an illegal screen, his sixth foul, ending his night. He finished with 24 points, six rebounds and five assists.
Dwyane Wade was called for traveling with 26 seconds to go, and the Pacers made three of four free throws in the closing moments to seal the win.
Hibbert led the Pacers with 23 points and added 12 rebounds. Stephenson added 20 points, and George Hill had 19.