Coming into Game 4 of the NBA Finals, the Miami Heat hadn’t lost back-to-back games since January 10; and their steak continued as Miami defeated the Spurs 109-93.
Just like Games 2 and 3, it was close until the fourth quarter.
It was the big three of Miami, Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and Chris Bosh, which controlled the game right from the start. These three averaged 43.3 points in the first three games of the series; they had a combined total of 85 points in Game 4.
Wade, Bosh and James scored 37 of the Heats 49 points in the first half.
Dwyane Wade and LeBron James got the ball rolling early as both hit 5 of their first 6 shots attempts.
Dwyane ‘Flash’ Wade was incredible for the Heat, no doubt having his best games of the postseason. Wade set the tone early on the offensive and defensive end. He led the charge with 32 points (14/25 FGs), 6 rebounds, 4 assists, 6 steals, 0 turnovers and 1 block.
Wade was in attacked mode all game had a postseason–high 20 points in the paint (10/12); none of them prettier than this steal and dunk in the fourth.
His partner in crime, LeBron James, was just as efficient shooting 15/25 from the floor for 33 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals and 2 blocks.
Wade and James were the catalyst for the Heats offense, however Bosh was pivotal when it came to rebounding and shot selection. Bosh finished with 20 points (8/14 FGs), 13 rebounds, 2 blocks and 2 steals. Bosh was in rhythm; he simply got the shots he wanted.
Ray Allen added 14 points shooting 5/10 from the floor.
The Spurs again had trouble with turnovers committing 18 on the night. Miami had just 9.
Tony Parker started the game magnificently having 15 points off 7/12 shooting, and 6 assists in just 18 minutes of play in the first half. Parker scored or assisted on 13 of the Spurs 18 field goals in the first two quarters. The second half would prove to be much different. Battling a hamstring strain, Tony went 0/4 and had just 3 assists in the final two quarters.
Tim Duncan was solid with 20 points (6/10 FGs) 5 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 block. Kawhi Leonard had a team high 7 rebounds to go along with his 12 points.
Manu Ginobili continued to hurt the Spurs going just 1/5 FGs for just 5 points in 26 minutes. His +/- was minus 22.
Even worse was Tiago Splitter. On the first play of the game he had a backcourt violation, then had a foul, and was taken out 47 second in. Splitter was a complete no show for San Antonio.
The Spurs 3-point shooting was yet again fantastic, going 8/16 from downtown. Danny Green continued his streak going 3/5 from beyond the arc; Gary Neal went 3/4 from deep. Both Green and Neal were reliable, but Miami’s perimeter defense was suffocating, only allowing the Spurs to take 16 shots from 3-points territory; compared to 32 in Game 3.
- Since acquiring LeBron and Bosh, this is the first time that Miami have gone at least 10 games without winning 2 consecutively.
- Miami have now won 12 straight after a loss (6-0 this postseason). Their winning average in those games is 20.7 points.
- Having just 10 free throws in the first 3 games, Miami went to the line 17 times and converted on 15 of them.
- Wade is the first player since the 1989 playoffs to register more than 30 points, 5 rebound and 5 steals.
- When Dywane Wade scores 20 or more points, Miami have won 29 consecutive games.