The Miami Heat responded to their humiliating defeat just two days ago with a 109-93 Game 4 win over the San Antonio Spurs to tie the NBA Finals at 2-2 and seize the home court advantage in the series.
In a series of wild momentum swings, the Heat showed they were far from dead after their 36 point drubbing in Game 3. The win means the series will end in Miami in either Game 6 or 7.
Miami’s Big Three of LeBron James, Dwayne Wade and Christ Bosh were magnificent, scoring a total of 85 points in this one after averaging just 43 points in the first three games. James had 33, Wade 32, and Bosh 20. They also had a total of 30 rebounds.
“It was on our shoulders,” James said. “We had to figure out how to win the game for us and play at the highest level. When all three of us are clicking, we’re very tough to beat.”
Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said, “When Bosh, Wade and James score the way they did tonight and shoot it the way they did tonight, a team is going to have a difficult time if you help them like we did”.
“When those guys are playing like that, you better be playing a perfect game.”
The Spurs were far from perfect, committing a total of 19 turnovers.
James had called Game 4 a “must-win,” and it probably was: No team has ever overcome a 3-1 deficit in the Finals.
The Heat are now 6-0 following losses in this postseason. They haven’t lost two straight games since early January.
Oddly, this is also the first time in four years that Miami has gone at least 10 straight games without winning two straight. They have been alternating wins with the Indiana Pacers and the Spurs in their last 11 games.
San Antonio’s Tony Parker, questionable before the game due to a hamstring injury, was electric in the first half, dicing through the Heat for 15 points and six assists. But he was held scoreless in the second half.
The Spurs got out to a 15-5 lead, but Miami rallied with aggressive play on both ends, and they led by as many as 10 before the Spurs rallied and tied the game at halftime.
But Miami again began to assume control in the second half, finally pulling away in the 4th quarter.
Game 5 will be in San Antonio on Sunday night. Image/AP