SAN ANTONIO — Struggling Dwyane Wade scored 32 points while playing with aggression, leading the Miami Heat to a 109-93 victory over the San Antonio Spurs on Thursday night that evened the NBA Finals at two games apiece.
LeBron James pumped in 33 points and added 11 rebounds and four assists. Chris Bosh had 20 points and 13 rebounds and the defending champions made sure the series will head back to South Beach.
Tony Parker had 15 points and nine assists while playing through a sore right hamstring for the Spurs, who were trying to move one step closer to their fifth title.
Ray Allen scored 14 points for the Heat. Miami had 50 points in the paint after managing 32 in a 36-point loss in Game 3.
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Tim Duncan scored 20 points, and Kawhi Leonard added 12 points and seven rebounds for the Spurs, who turned the ball over 19 times. After setting a finals record with 16 three-pointers in Game 3, San Antonio was 8-for-16.
James was 7-for-21 for 15 points in Game 3, and he promised to be better in Game 4. He delivered, hitting 15 of 25 shots and putting the team on his shoulders to set the tone early.
He made six of his first seven shots, controlling the tempo and responding when the Spurs threatened to run away with the game in the first six minutes.
Parker strained his right hamstring during Game 3, leaving many in San Antonio to fear that the big step forward they made with their win in Game 3 came at a hefty price.
But Parker deemed himself "ready to go."
All the old Parker tricks were there in the first quarter — a pull-up jumper to open the game, a driving layup and then another off the pick-and-roll. Leonard then buried a three-pointer to give the Spurs a 15-5 lead early.
James made the move the Heat have been waiting for all series.
He took the ball coast-to-coast on two straight possessions to tie it at 19.
James then hit two mid-range jumpers — an area that has been a struggle for him — to cap the 14-2 surge and give Miami a 25-21 lead.
Wade was averaging 2.7 points in the second half in the Finals, but he had eight in the third quarter of Game 4.
Wade then finished off the Spurs with a flurry of eight straight Heat points followed by an assist to Bosh for a 94-83 lead with seven minutes to play. The Heat's Big Three scored all but three points for Miami in the fourth.
Heat Coach Erik Spoelstra shuffled the starting lineup. He inserted the sharp-shooting Mike Miller for big man Udonis Haslem in an effort to create more room for James and Wade to penetrate.
Game 5: Heat at Spurs
When: 8 p.m. Sunday