The Heat finally came ready to play and defeated the Spurs 109-93 in Game 4 of the NBA Finals, to tie the series at 2 games apiece.
For the Heat, LeBron James answered back at critics questioning his aggression, putting up 33 points and 11 rebounds, along with 2 steals and 2 blocks. Dwyane Wade easily had his best game of the playoffs, finishing with 32 points, 6 rebounds, and 6 steals. Chris Bosh finally took his 6’11 frame into the paint and it paid off with 20 points, 13 rebounds, and 2 blocks.
For the Spurs, Tim Duncan scored 20 points. Tony Parker scored 15 points, but did not score in the 2nd half. Gary Neal finished with 13.
Much credit and respect must be paid to the Big 3 of Miami for finding a way to get things right from the beginning of this game, setting the tone for the remainder of the team. James came out the gate aggressive, attacking in the half court and in transition. Wade looked like he was back in 2010, before James and Bosh arrived. His drives to the rim were amazing, and it looked like he was never hurting. Bosh got into the paint, both attacking on offense and protecting the rim on defense.
This is the Miami Heat team we’ve been waiting for since the series began. The effort was there, so was the energy. The sense of desperation and despair was felt from the beginning and went through to the final buzzer. They attacked the boards, actually winning on the glass 41-36. The biggest take away from that was that they only allowed 5 offensive rebounds. They also gathered 13 steals and 7 blocks, which played a huge part in Miami controlling the game. In addition to that, they held the stars of Game 3, Neal and Danny Green to 6 threes total, 7 less than Game 3.
This is now a best-of-3 series, with Game 5 being a HUGE game. San Antonio will look to keep home court advantage, and the Heat will be looking to go back to South Beach. Game 5 will be Sunday, June 16 at 8 pm.