Indiana Pacers, Miami Heat prepare for crucial Game 5 in Florida
"We don't want to go home," Hibbert said. "Miami is one of the best teams, along with San Antonio, and we know we have an uphill battle and we trust each other and love each other and that's just grown, that love for each other. This is probably the first team I've felt like that about because last year even there were some guys were not all about winning."
That can't be said now.
"We understand that the champs are going to come back and be ready to play at home," Pacers star Paul George said. "And we need to be ready to come out and play well."
Game 5 was a cavalcade of mistakes for the Heat, who had their second-worst shooting night of the entire season at 39 percent.
James fouled out for only the fifth time in his career, though Miami was clearly miffed at some late-game calls. Bosh went 1 for 6 with only three rebounds. Wade, that aching right knee still apparently an issue, missed 10 of his 15 shots. And despite it all, the Heat still had the lead in the final minutes.
"We missed an opportunity to go up 3-1," Bosh said. "But we did get home-court back. We did our job. We have to come out and play with a lot of passion."
Wade, who's averaging an uncharacteristically low 13.4 points in his last 10 games, was more succinct: "Our whole team has to do more," he said.
Being in a 2-2 series isn't the right time for Heat panic over now being in what amounts to a best-of-three, or Heat lament over anything that isn't going their way, Spoelstra said. At one point Wednesday, he took his left fist and right fist, banged them together to make a point, and insisted that the series will simply be won by the team that does enough to deserve a chance at facing the Spurs for the title.
"Our guys have respect for the other team in that locker room," Spoelstra said. "We know nothing is earned easy in this series. We've got to work for it. Being home doesn't guarantee anything."
AP Sports Writer Michael Marot in Indianapolis contributed.
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