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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

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