San Antonio, TX
LeBron James scored 33 points while Dwyane Wade had his best game in the playoffs with 32 points as the Miami Heat tied the series at 2-2 with a 109-93 victory over the San Antonio Spurs in Game 4 of the NBA Finals Thursday at AT&T Center.
James also had 11 boards while Wade had six assists and six steals to become the first player since Byron Scott in 1989 to tally 30 points, five rebounds and five steals in a playoff game.
Wade also joined Isiah Thomas as the only players in NBA Finals history to record at least 30 points and 6 steals in a single game.
Chris Bosh added 20 points and 13 boards as each of the Miami's Big 3 exceeded their scoring average in the finals. Over the first three games, James averaged just 16.7 while Wade and Bosh tallied 14.3 and 12.3, respectively.
Ray Allen added 14 points on 5-fpr-10 shooting off the bench for the Heat, who committed just nine turnovers compared to the Spurs' 19 that were turned to 23 points by Miami.
The Heat also outscored the Spurs in the shaded lane, 50-38, and had more rebounds (41-36) and assists (23-21).
Tim Duncan tallied 20 points and five boards, Tony Parker added 15 points and nine assists despite playing with a strained hamstring while Kawhi Leonard had 12 for the Spurs.
Gary Neal and Danny Green was limited to 13 and 10, respectively, with just six three pointers after hitting 13 triples in the Spurs' huge Game 3 win.
Manu Ginobili wasn't a factor in Game 4, scoring just five points on 1-for-5 shooting with four fouls.
The Spurs led by 15-5 early in the first period but the Heat, behind James and Wade, erased the deficit and took a 29-26 advantage entering the second period.
Bosh and Wade made back-to-back baskets midway through the second period to put the Heat ahead by 10, 41-31, but the Spurs unleashed one finishing kick to tie the game at 49 at the break.
In the fourth, Wade and Bosh keyed a 14-4 run to put the Heat ahead, 100-85 and were never threatened from there.
The pivotal Game 5 will be played Sunday in San Antonio.
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