It took four games, but the Miami Heat‘s “Big Three” came to play on Thursday night.
Led in all by a stout and statement performance from Dwyane Wade, the Heat fueled an immediate confidence from the get-go in their Game 4 victory over the San Antonio Spurs. Miami’s victory on Thursday night evened the 2013 NBA Finals at two games apiece, but more importantly solidified a return trip to South Beach.
With the loss, the Spurs can no longer seal the deal at home and the Miami victory virtually forces a must win scenario in Game 5. San Antonio does not want to find themselves trailing in the series when things switch back to Miami, so it will be more than interesting to see how the Spurs adjust for Sunday’s Game 5 showdown.
The story of the game on Thursday night however, was the play of Miami’s superstars. Wade lead the charge with 32 points, virtually shattering his per game average thus far in these NBA Finals, but he wasn’t the only one who shined. LeBron James got off to a hot start and actually finished as the game’s leading scorer, adding 33 points to silence the critics in San Antonio.
While Wade and James combined to score 65 points, the brightest spot may have the aggressiveness and production of Chris Bosh, who has seemingly become an outcast during this 2013 playoff run. Bosh finished the game with 20 points and 13 rebounds, contributing in a fashion that he as become unaccustomed to.
Miami’s “Big Three” combined for 85 points on Thursday night and that’s in comparison to the 93 that the Spurs scored as a team. Tony Parker, who dominated the first half from a Spurs’ perspective, was stifled after the halftime intermission, as the Heat rolled to a Game 4 victory.
The best of seven series has been dwindled down to a best of three, so buckle up NBA fans, Game 5 on Sunday should surely be a can’t miss affair.
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