NBA Finals: Heat 109, Spurs 93: Miami's Big Three come up big

Trio score 85 points in Game 4, tie series at two games apiece
2013-06-14T00:00:00Z NBA Finals: Heat 109, Spurs 93: Miami's Big Three come up bigThe Associated Press The Associated Press
June 14, 2013 12:00 am  • 

SAN ANTONIO - Miami Heat owner Micky Arison had a message as he walked to the winning locker room.

"The death of the Big Three was overrated," he said.

Sure was. LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, his three prized players, are just fine.

So are the Heat's championship hopes.

Riding big performances from its three All-Stars, the Heat tied the NBA Finals with a 109-93 victory over the San Antonio Spurs on Thursday night in Game 4.

"It was on our shoulders," James said. "We had to figure out how to win the game for us and play at the highest level. When all three of us are clicking we're very tough to beat."

James had 33 points and 11 rebounds after failing to break 20 points in any of the first three games of the series, and Wade scored 32 points.

Bosh matched his playoff high with 20 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, he and Wade supplying the baskets that finally put the Spurs away for good midway through the fourth quarter.

Three players, 85 points. Just the way the Heat envisioned it when it signed James and Bosh to play with Wade in 2010.

"When Bosh, Wade and James score the way they did tonight and shoot it the way they did tonight, a team is going to have a difficult time if you help them like we did," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said.

"When those guys are playing like that, you better be playing a perfect game."

The Spurs weren't, committing 19 turnovers that led to 23 points.

Tim Duncan scored 20 points for the Spurs, who have one more game in San Antonio on Sunday.

James insisted he would be better after shooting 7 of 21 from the field with no free throws in Game 3, saying he was the star and it was his job to lead his team. He was 15 of 25 on Thursday.

But Wade said Wednesday it was the Heat's three All-Stars who had to lead together, or there would be no championship.

"It was all about myself, Chris and LeBron coming out and leading this team to a victory," Wade said. "The thing we talked about is we all have to make an impact in this game, somehow, some way."

Wade shot 14 of 25, adding six steals, six rebounds and four assists.

The Heat guaranteed there will be at least one more game in Miami: Game 6, Tuesday night.

The revelry in South Florida was marred Thursday by an accident in which the packed deck behind a popular sports bar collapsed during the game, spilling patrons into Biscayne Bay. Miami Dade fire chief David Downey said 24 people were transported to area hospitals, two in serious condition.

Up next

• What: Heat at Spurs, series tied 2-2

• When: 5 p.m. Sunday

• TV; radio: Channel 9; 1490-AM, 104.9-FM

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