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At the start of season Miami Heat were eying the chance of completing a 'three-peat' and they haven't disappointed fans so far in the current campaign, most recently winning game four against the Indiana Pacers 102-90 at the American Airlines Arena to cruise to a 3-1 lead in the Eastern Conference Finals.

Fans are revelling in the fact that Erik Spoelstra's current roster could create history for the franchise, and with the squad they have at their disposal it is looking bright for the upcoming games.

Only a select few teams have been able to complete the three-peat. The Chicago Bulls did it twice in 1991-93 and 1996-98, while the LA Lakers were the most recent team to achieve this goal in 2000-02.

LeBron James again led the way for the hosts scoring 32 points in the 35 minutes he featured, and after the tie the small forward spoke to ESPN and stated he and his side are looking to improve every day, supporting each other to become better players:

"We try to get better every single game. When you do that and go out and play the type of game that you are capable of playing, you can be satisfied with the results. And that's what we've built over the years."

Frank Vogel's men meanwhile are in a different position. Having started off the series on the front foot the Pacers haven't taken advantage of their quick start and have slowed down when it really matters.

Vogel went on to comment to ESPN bluntly stating his side got outplayed, issuing the point there was no real fight from the players at such a crucial time of the series:

"We got outplayed by the Heat. I wasn't disappointed in our fight. I was disappointed in the result."

Vogel's comments were matched by the result, as from the tip-off Miami took control winning the first quarter 27-19.

Chris Bosh scored ten in seven minutes hitting four of his five attempted field goals while James added ten and claimed three assists.

David West was the only man on point for Indiana scoring eight as it was until the second quarter where the Pacers looked for a response, as the visitors picked up the second 25-22.

Paul George managed seven while West and Luis Scola added four to the board.
For Heat it was Bosh and James again as both players recorded seven with Dywane Wade adding six.

Heading in a half-time the visitors were only trailing by five points at 49-45, but Spoelstra's men brought out their star factor in the third winning the quarter 31-20.

James managed 14 points scoring five of his seven attempted field goals, while George Hill scored seven for Indiana.

The Heat were really on top of their game at this point heading into the fourth quarter with a 14 points lead at 80-64.

Then in the fourth Spoelstra decided to take it easy with some of his key players and let the players on the bench take centre stage, this move leading to the hosts losing the quarter 26-22.

There was too much of a gap however for the Pacers to bridge. Paul George did add nine while Lance Stephenson scored eight, but it wasn't enough to overturn the deficit as now Indiana head back to the Bankers Life Fieldhouse to take on Miami in game five on Wednesday night.

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NBA Playoffs
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