LeBron James and Dwyane Wade said they would play much more aggressively in Game 4 of the NBA Finals and they were true to their word, combining for 65 points as the Miami Heat pulled away for a 109-93 road victory over the San Antonio Spurs to tie the series at 2-2.
James, who was harshly criticized for his passive performance in a blowout 113-77 loss in Game 3, scored 33 points on 15-of-25 shooting from the field and grabbed 11 rebounds on Thursday night at the AT&T Center in San Antonio to set the tone for the Heat.
On Tuesday night, the four-time league MVP scored only 15 points and did not attempt a single free throw.
His main sidekick, Wade, added 32 points on 14-of-25 shooting Thursday to put concerns about his balky knees to rest, while the other member of the "Big 3," Chris Bosh, also came alive with 20 points and 13 rebounds.
Miami turned a narrow five-point lead after three quarters into a rout, using stifling defense to hold the Spurs to just 17 points over the final 12 minutes.
Rebounding and turnovers were a major factor in the Heat's victory, with Miami overcoming their weakness to win the battle of the boards by a 41-36 margin and normally sure-handed San Antonio handing the ball over 18 times.
The Heat's victory means the series will return to Miami for Game 6 on Tuesday.
First, however, the teams will lock horns one last time in San Antonio on Sunday night. EFE