Tip-Off for 6/14/13 (featuring The Geto Boyz): Miami Pound Machine: Heat bounce back to defeat Spurs 109-93 to even series 2-2

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Game 4: Dwyane Wade, Manu Ginobili

Dwyane Wade’s contribution in Game 4 silenced his critics and evened the series.

The last time Dwyane Wade scored at least 30 points in a game was back on March 4th against the Minnesota Timberwolves. For the remainder of the season and a good part of the playoffs, Wade has not resembled the man we’ve come to know as “Flash”. With the Miami Heat facing a potential 3-1 deficit, Wade reminded everyone he was anything but done. Miami’s Big Three of Chris Bosh, LeBron James and Wade combined for 85 points in the Heat’s 109-93 victory in Game 4. The best of seven series is now tied at two games each.

Heat 109 – Spurs 93 – LeBron James got the help he needed from Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade while getting himself back on track. The trio enjoyed their best output of this series so far, rebounding nicely from a 36-point defeat on Tuesday to post a double-digit win of their own. The Heat shot 53 percent from the floor — while forcing 18 San Antonio turnovers. Miami also dominated total points in the paint 50-38. James took a more aggressive approach getting to the basket and Bosh got the lion’s share of his points in the lane.

Game 3 heroes Danny Green and Gary Neal were nowhere near as effective in Game 4. San Antonio’s two young  scorers combined for 23 points on 7 of 15 shooting. Kawhi Leonard — who was averaging 12 rebounds in the series and collected accolades for his defensive job on James finished with 12 points and 7 boards. Tim Duncan led the Spurs with 20 points. Tony Parker — who suffered a grade 1 hamstring strain scored 15 points and handed out 9 assists. Manu Ginobili continued to struggle from the floor scoring five points on 1 for 5 shooting.

LeBron James scored a game-high 33 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. Dwyane Wade was great at both ends of the floor adding six steals and a blocked shot to go with 32 points 6 boards and 4 assists. Chris Bosh shot 8 for 13 — good for 20 points, he also grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds. Ray Allen came off the bench to score 13 points in 33 minutes of action. The Spurs failed to capitalize despite shooting 14 more free throws than the Heat (31-17).

Series tied 2-2.


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2 Responses to “Tip-Off for 6/14/13 (featuring The Geto Boyz): Miami Pound Machine: Heat bounce back to defeat Spurs 109-93 to even series 2-2”

  1. Temple3 says:

    It should be obvious to most observers that the Heat are only occasionally going to be at full strength (Wade’s knee) in this series or any other. In the short term, I suspect he can crank out another game or two with high-grade performances. If not, Miami can win with a strong game from Chalmers or some other combination of players. When they get it from Wade, they’re incomparable.

    San Antonio is a very good team, but they don’t have another gear athletically where they impose their will. When you see the Heat defenders getting off the floor to swat shots by guys like Duncan and Splitter or stealing the ball almost at will you know that this degree of athleticism and skill is going to win out.

    It would be nice to see Wade recover his form. He’s 31 now and I think Van Gundy is right to say he’s one of the top 4-5 SG’s of all time (Jordan, Bryant, West, Drexler, Ray Allen). He certainly belongs in that group and can hold his own statistically with all of them — on both ends of the court.

  2. Ron Glover says:

    Yes, yes and yes.