2013 NBA Finals: Miami Heat Big-Three Make an Appearance in Game 4

By Greg Higgins
LeBron James Tim Duncan
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The NBA Finals have been any thing but predictable. Game 4 proved no different as the Miami Heat bounced back from the embarrassing loss in Game 3 to defeat the San Antonio Spurs 109 – 93. Perhaps the thing that Heat fans should be happiest about is the return of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. In game 3, they combined to score 43 points; in game 4, they combined for 85 points. Wade also had six blocks and six steals.

Meanwhile, on the other end of the floor, the Spurs have to be wondering what happened. Coming off the third-largest margin of victory in an NBA Finals game when they blew out the Heat by 36, momentum seemed to be in their corner. News came down that Tony Parker was going to start the game despite hurting his hamstring in game 3. Parker came out on fire too. In the first half, he had 15 points and six assists. The problem for the Spurs is that he finished the game with 15 points and nine assists.

The story on the night, though, is how the big-three for Miami asserted themselves. In game 3, James finished seven for 21 from the floor, but in game 4 he went 15 for 25. Wade only took 15 shots in game 3, hitting seven of them. In game 4, he came out firing and took 25 shots, making 14 of them. During games 2 and 3, LeBron didn’t play like the league MVP he is, but rather he played timid and scared. In game 4, he started playing like the best player in the game.

This series has been impossible to figure out. Neither team has won two games in a row; both teams have won on the other teams court. There have been three blowouts and the momentum from one game to another is non-existent. With the series tied at two games each, it now becomes a best of three series. Game 5 will be played in San Antonio on Sunday and then games 6 and 7 (if necessary) will be played in South Beach. After these first four games, there’s no telling what we will see in the next three. We’ve had a little bit of everything in the Finals. One thing I can promise you, someone will win the championship in Miami next week. As far as who that someone is, you’ll have to tune in to find out.

Greg Higgins is a NBA writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter: @greghiggins457, “Like” him on Facebook, and add him to your network on Google.


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