T.J. Warren connected on a three-pointer while getting fouled with 3:36 remaining. He converted the free throw to bring the Pacers to within six points, 91-85.
Tyler Herro made it an eight-point game on a layup with 2:44 left to blunt Indiana's momentum a bit. The Pacers were unable to close the gap to fewer than six the rest of the way.
This is the fifth straight year in which Indiana failed to get out of the first round.
Goran Dragic, PG, Heat: 10-21 FG, 23 points, five rebounds, three assists, one steal
Bam Adebayo, PF, Heat: 6-16 FG, 14 points, 19 rebounds, six assists, one steal, one block
Jimmy Butler, SF, Heat: 2-5 FG, six points, three rebounds, two assists, one steal, one block
Victor Oladipo, SG, Pacers: 9-19 FG, 5-11 FG, 25 points, eight rebounds, five assists, five steals
T.J. Warren, SF, Pacers: 8-17 FG, 3-6 3P, 21 points, five rebounds, four assists
Myles Turner, C, Pacers: 9-16 FG, 22 points, 14 rebounds, one steal, five blocks
Butler Injury Looms Large for Heat
Jimmy Butler was limited to a little more than six minutes in the first half because of a left shoulder strain. The Heat originally listed him as questionable, and he returned for the second half with his shoulder taped.
The five-time All-Star didn't look to be 100 percent, either, and his final numbers speak for themselves.
The Heat can put away the Pacers when their best player isn't his usual self. An injury to Butler becomes a far bigger issue in the later rounds, when the quality of opposition improves.
By closing out Indiana now, Miami will at least allow Butler to have a few days to let his shoulder heal.
Three-point shooting was a problem for the Heat as they went 8-of-30 from beyond the arc. It didn't matter too much thanks to the 50-30 advantage they enjoyed on points in the paint.
The absence of Domantas Sabonis has been evident throughout the series, and the trend continued into Game 4 as Bam Adebayo posted his third double-double of the postseason.
Kendrick Nunn made his playoff debut, coming off the bench to finish with seven points and two assists in 14 minutes. Depending on the severity of Butler's injury, Nunn is one of the obvious candidates to step up for Miami in the next round.
Oladipo Ends Season on High Note
Spinning a first-round sweep in a positive direction is difficult. Because of the injuries to Sabonis and Jeremy Lamb, the Pacers were underdogs, but their inability to take a single game against the Heat is a bit of a surprise.
The performance of Victor Oladipo at least gives the team a source of encouragement for 2020-21.
Oladipo struggled upon returning from his ruptured quad tendon in January, and the NBA's lengthy hiatus was a setback in the continued maintenance of his right knee.
After shooting 35.1 percent from the field through the first three games, the two-time All-Star was more efficient Monday night and showed flashes of his old self.
Indiana has assembled a solid squad, with the acquisition of Warren a particularly shrewd piece of business last offseason. But the Pacers will likely go as far as Oladipo can take them. If the 28-year-old's Game 4 showing is emblematic of what's to come next season, the team should be just fine.