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2013 NBA Playoffs: Miami Heat defeat San Antonio Spurs, tie up series at 2-2

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The Miami Heat defeated the San Antonio Spurs in game four of the NBA Finals.

Dwayne Wade confirms a call
Dwayne Wade confirms a call

The Miami Heat have tied the NBA Finals at two a piece with the San Antonio Spurs. The final score from San Antonio was 109-93. The slump that the Heat's big three has been experiencing no longer exists, after they combined for 85 of the team's 109 points. Dwayne Wade scored over thirty points for the first time in three months, finishing with 32 on 14-25 shooting on the night. This apparent "superstar" hasn't scored thirty points since March. That came as a surprise to me, because everyone expects so much out of Wade, and as of late, he hasn't met expectations. Tonight, Wade did just that, and I was very impressed.

Also, MVP LeBron James added 33 points and grabbed 11 boards while protecting the rim on defense, blocking 2 shots and collecting 2 steals. Another great performance by the King, plus much improved from game three. Chris Bosh had 20 points and 14 rebounds, giving the Heat a crucial 3rd scorer to keep their offense flowing on a night when they got very little help from their bench.

An outstanding performance from the big three, but what about the Spurs? Gary Neal made a name for himself in game three and Danny Green has had an outstanding series, but how'd they do in game four? Neal played well but not transcendant, finishing with 13 points, including 3-4 from 3-point range. As for Danny Green, he had ten points and four rebounds, hitting another 3-5 from the 3-point line. While Green continued his torrid 3-point shooting pace, the open looks were much harder to come by, as the swarming Heat defense did a great job preventing open looks from beyond the arc. Manu Ginobili struggled mightily on the night, shooting only one-for-five from the field. Not good for a team leader and an experienced veteran.

The series is turning out to be a potential classic. While we are all tied up at 2-2, the Heat have reclaimed home court advantage and earned at least 1 more game in Miami. Now the pressure is on the Spurs to protect their home court and not face a close-out game 6 in Miami.