Friday, February 23, 2018
Sports

Wade, LeBron, Heat beat Spurs in Finals Game 4

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
Rays journal: Miller time could be a good time, and more from openers

Rays journal: Miller time could be a good time, and more from openers

PORT CHARLOTTE — One of the key story lines in Rays camp is seeing what kind of bounce-back season they can get out of a healthy Brad Miller, coming off October core muscle repair surgery.And while Miller isn't feeling 100 percent — he st...
Updated: 13 minutes ago
Split-squad Rays hold on for 6-3 win at Orioles

Split-squad Rays hold on for 6-3 win at Orioles

SARASOTA — A split-squad team of Rays held on for a 6-3 victory Friday against the Orioles at Ed Smith Stadium.Yonny Chirinos, making his debut as a Ray, tossed a pair of scoreless innings. He allowed an infield single to former Ray Tim Beckham...
Updated: 20 minutes ago
Impact of Tommy John surgery cuts deeply for Brent Honeywell, Rays

Impact of Tommy John surgery cuts deeply for Brent Honeywell, Rays

PORT CHARLOTTE – Two things that tell you a lot about Rays cocksure top prospect Brent Honeywell given Friday's crushing news that he indeed tore a ligament in his prized right arm and is headed for Tommy John surgery that will sideline him wel...
Updated: 21 minutes ago
Rays open exhibition season with 6-3 win over Pirates

Rays open exhibition season with 6-3 win over Pirates

The Rays won the home game of their opening-day, split-squad set, beating the Pirates, 6-3.1B Brad Miller, with an opposite-field double off the wall, and CF Kevin Kiermaier, with a bloop single to shallow center, provided the early offense.2B D...
Updated: 22 minutes ago
Bucs awarded compensatory draft pick in seventh round

Bucs awarded compensatory draft pick in seventh round

The Bucs finally have a compensatory draft pick.For the first time since 2011, Tampa Bay has played the free-agent game well enough to be awarded a comp pick — after the seventh round, 255th overall, the next to last in the draft.Comp picks hav...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Can the Lightning win the Stanley Cup?

Can the Lightning win the Stanley Cup?

When it comes to the Tampa Bay Lightning these days, there's only question that really matters:Can the Lightning win the Stanley Cup?That's it. That's the big question. That's the only thing on everyone's mind.Will it or won't it?Does this team, whic...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Erik Karlsson-to-Lightning talk won’t die down until deadline is over

Erik Karlsson-to-Lightning talk won’t die down until deadline is over

MONTREAL — Senators star defenseman Erik Karlsson sure seemed chatty with his Lightning friends as he left the Canadian Tire Center on Thursday night.Karlsson, 27, took his time talking up several members of Tampa Bay's staff in the hallway out...
Updated: 1 hour ago
A lot rides on soccer for Plant City’s Eric Ugarte

A lot rides on soccer for Plant City’s Eric Ugarte

PLANT CITY — Eric Ugarte was beaming as he prepared to play on high school soccer's biggest stage. If nearly a full week of hoopla leading up to Saturday's Class 5A state championship game had worn the Plant City senior out, he hid it well.Eric...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Medal haul well short of U.S. Olympic Committee projections

Medal haul well short of U.S. Olympic Committee projections

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — It was a sweeping goal, spelled out on a colorful, full-screen slide and presented to leaders of the U.S. Olympic Committee in a meeting last year. Sports executives in America targeted athletes on Team USA to win 37 medals...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Live blog: Rays open spring training season against Pirates, Orioles

Live blog: Rays open spring training season against Pirates, Orioles

The Rays open the exhibition season with not one, but two games today.Non-roster pitcher Vidal Nuno will start against the Pirates at 1:05 p.m. in Port Charlotte. Denard Span, Matt Duffy, Kevin Kiermaier, Wilson Ramos, Mallex Smith and Adeiny Hechava...
Updated: 4 hours ago