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HEAT 109 - Spurs 93 Game 4 Recap and Infographic

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The Miami HEAT blew out the San Antonio Spurs Thursday night to even the NBA Finals at two wins apiece. The HEAT pulled away in the fourth quarter on the strength of Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and LeBron James. Game 5 is Sunday night.

 

Impact Performance of the Night: Dwyane Wade delivered his best performance of the postseason in the HEAT’s Game 4 victory over the Spurs. Wade finished with 32 points, six rebounds, six steals, four assists and a block. Offensively, he was everywhere, driving to the basket for circus finishes, hitting midrange jumpers and finding teammates on a series of creative passes in the fourth quarter. It was a nearly flawless performance on the offensive end, and a nice reminder of what Wade is capable of doing. Defensively, his activity was crucial to the HEAT’s success. His six steals and one block were huge, but he was disruptive all over the floor, making the Spurs work for everything in the second half. Wade’s performance was extraordinary, but he wasn’t alone.

 

Just as Dwyane Wade delivered his best game of the postseason, so too did Chris Bosh. Bosh finished with 20 points, 13 rebounds, two steals and two blocks, but those don’t even come close to telling the story for Bosh’s game. He was a monster defensively, controlling the backline, altering shots and in many cases preventing them. Bosh’s defense doesn’t get talked about much, but his presence allows the HEAT to play the undersized lineups that have been successful. His ability to challenge pick-and-rolls at the top of the floor then get back and shut off the rim is unique for a player his size. For the HEAT to win, they had to lock down defensively. Bosh took care of that.

 

The Deciding Run: The Spurs and HEAT exchanged 10 point leads in the first half, but were all tied at 49 at the half. The third quarter saw the HEAT pull forward, but the Spurs continued to match, clawing back to within three points with just under a minute left in the third quarter. LeBron James scored on a layup to close out the fourth, giving the HEAT a 5 point lead. In the fourth, the HEAT took control. They stared the quarter on a 21-9 run, spanning eight minutes, to lock up Game 4 and a series tie. Dwyane Wade powered much of the run, scoring or assisting on 12 of the HEAT’s points during the stretch. The defensive activity was present all night for the HEAT and in the end, it wore the Spurs offense down.

 

Play of the Game: There were numerous dunks and blocks throughout the game, but Dwyane Wade delivered on a play that he is known for when he snatched a wayward pass and took off down the floor. Gary Neal tried to cut Wade off in the paint, but Wade hit him with a euro-step and above-the-head crossover dribble that led to a slam dunk. Wade played great and the play was indicative of the explosion he had all night. It was vintage Wade all the way around.

 

Efficiency Rating: Offensive Efficiency: 115.4; Defensive Efficiency: 95.2

 

Trend to Watch: The HEAT got back to playing the suffocating defense we’ve come to expect when the playoffs roll around. By putting Mike Miller into the starting lineup, Erik Spoelstra also upped the defensive responsibilities of everyone on the floor. The players responded in a big way. Rotations were tight all game as the HEAT were much better at closing out on shooters while also patrolling the paint. Chris Bosh was at the center of everything, flying around the paint constantly contesting shots and turning Spurs attackers away. Dwyane Wade was a terror on the defensive end, snatching six steals and being a general pest to San Antonio ball handlers. For the game, the HEAT generated 13 steals and blocked seven shots. Nothing was going to come easy. It’s the defense that Couper has coined the “Omega Swarm,” and is what eventually won the series against the Pacers. The offense was great, but it was the defense that got the HEAT out in transition and into open space.

 

The Takeaway: Tough to play a better game than that. Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and LeBron James were all tremendous on both ends of the floor. They were assertive on offense and supremely active on the defensive end. The shots at the rim that alluded the HEAT earlier in the series finally showed up and the HEAT took advantage. The HEAT’s ball movement was better than we’ve seen and it resulted in a number of open looks. Ray Allen and Mike Miller provided extra space for the HEAT attackers, as the Spurs had to respect their ability to hit open threes. It was a pivotal game because the HEAT have now regained homecourt advantage. Falling behind 3-1 to the Spurs would have been a nearly insurmountable hole, one that the HEAT no longer have to worry about. Regardless of the outcome on Sunday, the HEAT will get to return to play a home game at AmericanAirlines Arena. In a game with such high stakes, the HEAT played their best game of the postseason. Not bad timing.

 

Notes: LeBron James finished with 33 points, 11 rebounds, four assists, two steals and two blocks. Ray Allen contributed 14 points off of the bench. Juwan Howard and Jarvis Varnado were inactive.

 

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One of the greatest games from those big 3 loveable guys collectively.

 

Great job guys!

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Good Thing Pops was drawn by the Greatness of Mike Milla "White Powa" Spurs Killa... which initially opens up the offense of the 3 Divas

 

 

 

Bosh and Spo doesnt want out on this team

 

 

Spo made proper timeouts and adjustments throughout the game to counter Pops great adjustments, Danny Green an excellent shooter for the series was forced to attack the rim for like 2-4 times which he doesnt usually do for the past week

 

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Bosh stepped up his defense in the 2nd half,  more heart in his game as he was challenging shots , making hustle plays like something really was on the line

 

 

 

 

Bron and Wade both did excellent job in reading the opponents passes, didnt settle for early jumpshots, attacked the rim, good overall game for the co- Finals MVPs

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Happy for wade, what a great confidence boost this has to be for him.  This was a game of Miami heat basketball at its best, if we can continue to play like this these last couple of game we are in good shape, we must carry this momentum into game 5. Defensive intensity like that really bothers the spurs offense.

 

Key contributers to the game imo

 

Chalmers- Played a key role in keeping the lead to a decent margin. Clutch 3's in crucial times in the 2nd half.

Ray- While he didn't have the greatest game, he contributed steadily knocking down J's and layups.

Lebron- Great game by the king and has to be feeling good right now heading into game 5 with this 33 point performance.

Battier & Miller - While they didn't score much, they made some key blocks when the spurs were trying to crawl back into the game. Very important defensive plays that kept the rhythym in miamis favor. Spurs could never score steady like they did past nights because of Miamis defense.

Bosh- Decent game from bosh, His 15 footer J's going down and key blocks he made Gets him in the + columm.

Wade- MVP of the game, best game of the post season and it happened at the right time. His J's finally started to go down, 6 steals were huge in changing the momentum of the game when the spurs tried to go on a run. That block on Duncan was clean and should of stood, ++ for wade. 

 

Cole struggled and didn't see much of birdman, but I see these 2 contributing in these next few games.

 

What a great win, At this point spoelstra has found the formula that's going to take over this series game 5.

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Pretty sure they averaged around if not more than 51ppg combined in 2011.

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When the hell are we going to win back to back games?

 

Yeah good point. Now is the time when the stars on our team need to keep being aggressive.

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Wade continuing to create history in finals and the best team performance I have seen from the Heat in a long time<br /><br />However the one stain came from Bron's stat padding at the end. The iso ball didn't bother me so much as he does this on a regular basis but It was the horrible play where he ran down the clock and chucked the ball out to Wade with basically 2 seconds too shoot loll<br /><br />None the less good team performance

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gotta say im still not sure what to think of the adjustment to put miller in the lineup and take anderson out of the rotation, it helps spacing which is great i like it in spurts (its great that bosh isnt the 1 camping out at 3) , but miller cant guard the bigs and he cant guard the Pnr , they exploit it, to get shooters open or a rim shot, i mean obviously it wont be as noticed if the D is this air tight on rotations , but it is interesting to see the move and spo is showing he is a great coach because back in 11 he would of done absolutely nothing (only good thing was putting haslem  in rotation vs bulls) , in 12 he was starting to try to adjust but he was just throwing anything (pittman vs celtics!!!) , but this year he really has improved and has made good adjustments and hes a big reason why the heat show toughness and resilency after a loss 

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This was an inspiring performance by our team. They played amazing tonight. With that said, it does just count as one win. Game 5 will be the big one. We'll need to be ready for that.

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Wade continuing to create history in finals and the best team performance I have seen from the Heat in a long time<br /><br />However the one stain came from Bron's stat padding at the end. The iso ball didn't bother me so much as he does this on a regular basis but It was the horrible play where he ran down the clock and chucked the ball out to Wade with basically 2 seconds too shoot loll<br /><br />None the less good team performance

 

Yo, whats up with these "<br /><br />" that riddle yer posts?

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