NBA Finals Game 4 blog

Are you effin’ kiddin’ me?

That’s what Dwyane Wade must have thought when he saw Tiago

Splitter guarding him at the start of Game 4. Ultimate

disrespect.

One pump-fake and foul later, Splitter was headed to the bench

— 47 seconds into the game — and Wade was headed to the

line and a 32-point, six-steal night. The big bounce-back by Wade

and LeBron, who had 33 points after playing “like sh*t” in Game 3,

sparked the Heat to a

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109-93 win over the Spurs Thursday night,

tying the Finals 2-2.

“He was Flash tonight,” James said, after Wade turned back the

clock with a vintage 2006 performance,

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FOX Sports Florida’s Chris Tomasson writes , despite

“playing on a bum knee” as James acknowledged.

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It wasn’t just Wade and LeBron. Ray Allen was knocking down

shots, Mario Chalmers showed up, and most importantly, Chris Bosh

was contributing, though his buzzer-beating dunk at the end of the

half didn’t beat the buzzer.

 

 

But Bosh was big in the paint with 20 points, 13 boards, two

blocks and two steals, plus he protected the rim and did the things

that don’t show up in the box score.

 

 

 

”The death of the Big Three was overrated,” Heat owner Mickey

Arison said.

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Hear from Wade and Bosh on their big games and from

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Coach Erik Spoelstra on the win.

The only bad note of the night came out of Miami, where

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three people were critically injured when the outdoor

deck behind a popular sports bar collapsed, sending dozens of

patrons into the waters of Biscayne Bay.

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The Spurs’ 3-point shooting (8 of 16) picked up where it left

off in Game 3, and Tony Parker looked just fine with 15 first-half

points and an acrobatic layup that almost tops his Game 1 shot. But

he was scoreless in the second half, Danny Green and Gary Neal

combined for just 23 points after going for 51 in Game 3, and Manu

Ginobili disappeared (5 points, 26 minutes).

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, asked what’s wrong with Ginobili,

replied “I don’t know. If I did, I would have fixed it.”

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Hear more from Pop on the loss.

Tim Duncan said: “He’s needs to be a little more aggressive, a

little more selfish.”

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Hear more from Duncan on Ginobili’s struggles, and from

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Parker on his status after Game 4.

Just like they have for the past five months, the Heat bounced

back from a loss with a victory. They are 12-0 after losses since

Jan. 10, outscoring opponents by 19.8 points in the previous 11

victories.

 

 

 

The Heat didn’t just win Game 4. They also won a social media

award for their “Harlem Shake” video.

The Spurs’ good luck charm from Game 3, El Charro De Oro, aka

Sebastien De La Cruz, the 11-year-old mariachi star, did the

national anthem again.

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He even shook off all the haters. If you didn’t see him

perform, just watch him turn it out:

And the Spurs dancers are almost making us forget the Heat

dancers.

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There was no question LeBron would be better. Just look at his

pregame outfit; he looks like he’s B.A. Baracus ready for war.

D-Wade, however, looks like he’s ready for a boat show.

”Honestly, I just have to play better,” James said after Game

3. ”I can’t have a performance like tonight and expect to

win.”

The cape he wore Wednesday at practice was fitting. But nothing

prepared us for the return of Wade.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.