Friday, November 24, 2017
Sports

Wade, LeBron, Heat beat Spurs in Finals Game 4

RECOMMENDED READING


SAN ANTONIO, Texas — LeBron James was better as promised. Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh were the best they've been since the playoffs started.

Riding big performances from their Big Three, the Heat tied the NBA Finals with a 109-93 victory over the Spurs on Thursday night in Game 4.

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, 11 more than his high this postseason.

Bosh had 20 points and 13 rebounds, he and Wade supplying the baskets that put the Spurs away for good midway through the fourth.

Just like they have for the past five months, the Heat bounced back from a loss with a victory and is 12-0 after losses since Jan. 10, outscoring opponents by 19.8 points in the previous 11 victories.

"Right now it's a three-game series," Wade said. "Two great ball clubs, we just want to come out again and play well."

Tim Duncan scored 20 for the Spurs, who failed to back up their 113-77 victory in Game 3 that was the third-most lopsided game in the history of the championship series.

James said he would be better after shooting 7-of-21 from the field with no free throws in that game.

Point guard Tony Parker had 15 points and nine assists for the Spurs, starting after some doubt about his status because of a left hamstring injury.

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said health wasn't Parker's problem.

"Miami did a great job on him," he said. "They doubled. They got it out of his hands and other people had to play."

Wade, battling right knee pain throughout the spring, put it away early in the fourth. He followed a basket with a steal and dunk, pushing the lead to 90-81.

James said of Wade: "He's hurting, but he's not making excuses. A performance like that makes you feel better. … Amazing.''

James passed Hakeem Olajuwon (3,755 points) to move into the top 10 in career playoff scoring. James has 3,777.

encore: Sebastien De La Cruz, an 11-year-old mariachi singer, sang the national anthem again after his Game 3 performance set off a barrage of racist tweets by what Popovich called "idiots." He got a rousing Game 4 ovation.

MIAMI (109): James 15-25 2-4 33, Miller 0-1 0-0 0, Bosh 8-14 4-4 20, Chalmers 2-4 0-0 6, Wade 14-25 4-4 32, Cole 0-4 0-0 0, Allen 5-10 3-3 14, Haslem 1-1 0-0 2, Battier 0-1 2-2 2. Totals 45-85 15-17 109.

SAN ANTONIO (93): Leonard 5-10 1-2 12, Duncan 6-10 8-10 20, Splitter 0-3 4-4 4, Parker 7-16 1-3 15, Green 3-8 1-2 10, Neal 4-7 2-2 13, Ginobili 1-5 3-4 5, Joseph 0-1 1-2 1, Bonner 2-2 0-0 4, Diaw 3-6 2-2 9, Blair 0-2 0-0 0, De Colo 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 31-70 23-31 93.

Miami 29 20 32 28— 109

San Antonio 26 23 27 17— 93

3-Point GoalsMiami 4-12 (Chalmers 2-3, James 1-2, Allen 1-4, Cole 0-1, Miller 0-1, Battier 0-1), San Antonio 8-16 (Neal 3-4, Green 3-5, Diaw 1-1, Leonard 1-2, Parker 0-1, Ginobili 0-3). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsMiami 45 (Bosh 13), San Antonio 44 (Leonard 7). AssistsMiami 23 (Chalmers 5), San Antonio 21 (Parker 9). Total FoulsMiami 26, San Antonio 18. TechnicalsSan Antonio defensive three second. A18,581 (18,797).

Fab five

The five players who have had at least 30 points, five rebounds and five steals in an NBA Finals game:

Year Player Pts-Reb-Stl

2013 Dwyane Wade, Heat32-6-6

2001 Allen Iverson, 76ers 48-5-5

1993 Michael Jordan, Bulls 31-7-5

1991 Scottie Pippen, Bulls 32-13-5

1982 Julius Erving, 76ers30-8-5

Source: Elias Sports, ESPN Stats & Info

Comments
Region football: Plant 13, Lakeland 10

Region football: Plant 13, Lakeland 10

LAKELAND — The game — and the season — were supposed to be over.Lakeland was set to exact revenge. The Dreadnaughts had the lead and the ball in the final three minutes and were heading for a field goal. Then it happened. The magic continued.Plant’s ...
Updated: 1 hour ago

Region football: Venice 48, Tampa Bay Tech 17

VENICE — Tampa Bay Tech not only had to stop a hot receiver in Friday night’s Class 7A region final against Venice, but a hot running back as well. That proved to be too much.Indians receiver Jaivon Heiligh caught 14 passes for 193 yards and three to...
Updated: 1 hour ago

Region football: Armwood 31, Ocala Vanguard 17

SEFFNER — Armwood appeared to be on its way to yet another rout through the first 24 minutes of football Friday night.James Miller delivered a crunching hit on the opening kickoff. The defense looked suffocating, holding Ocala Vanguard to a mere 23 y...
Updated: 2 hours ago

Region football: Immokalee 42, Lakewood 14

IMMOKALEE — The final score wasn’t truly indicative of what transpired on Friday night.Lakewood fell to a dynamic Immokalee squad 42-14 in a tough environment in a Class 5A region final.The Spartans (9-2) forced three turnovers and held Immokalee (12...
Updated: 2 hours ago
State semifinal football: Hollywood Chaminade-Madonna 49, Clearwater Central Catholic 3

State semifinal football: Hollywood Chaminade-Madonna 49, Clearwater Central Catholic 3

CLEARWATER — Stocked with a wealth of Division I-A commits and prepared by a heavy-duty schedule, Hollywood Chaminade-Madonna spent three months building for Friday night’s Class 3A state semifinal game.The Lions played at another level against top-s...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Rose leaves Cavs for ‘personal matter’

Rose leaves Cavs for ‘personal matter’

CLEVELAND — Derrick Rose’s injuries might have pushed him to a breaking point. The 2011 league MVP, who has been trying to revive his career with the Cavaliers, left the team Wednesday to handle a personal matter. A team spokesman said Friday that Ro...
Updated: 2 hours ago

State semifinal football: Hialeah Champagnat Catholic 38, Cambridge Christian 0

TAMPA — Hialeah Champagnat Catholic was well on its way to a third unanswered touchdown, but the Lions just couldn’t stop blocking their own path. In one second-quarter drive during Friday’s 2A state semifinal against Cambridge Christian, Champagnat ...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Lightning attitude under fire after loss to Capitals

Lightning attitude under fire after loss to Capitals

WASHINGTON — You don’t often sense frustration in captain Steven Stamkos’ voice, at least not this season. With the Lightning off to its best start in franchise history, there haven’t been many reasons to chide. Every criticism seems nitpicky. But af...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Hogs boot Bielema out after five seasons

Hogs boot Bielema out after five seasons

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Arkansas fired football coach Bret Bielema after five disappointing seasons, moments after a season-ending 48-45 loss to Missouri on Friday. Arkansas finished 4-8, capping the second losing season of Bielema’s 12-year career. He ...
Updated: 3 hours ago

TODAYAutosF1: Abu Dhabi Grand Prix qualifying8 a.m.NBCSNCollege basketballSavannah State at Texas Tech3 p.m.FSFNorth Florida at Miami4 p.m.Fox SunEmerald Coast Classic, final: TCU vs. St. Bonaventure-Maryland winner7 p.m.CBSSNBoston College at Provid...
Updated: 3 hours ago