The full Miami Heat team finally showed up to play, more or less. Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade and LeBron James had not had a game where they all played well this postseason up until tonight when the trio exploded for 85 points, almost outscoring the San Antonio Spurs all by themselves en route to a 109-93 victory. James led all scorers with 33 points while Wade added 32, the first time he had topped the 30 point mark in three months after struggling with injuries for the latter half of the season and the entire postseason to date. It was a vintage Wade performance, as he also chipped in 6 steals while contesting shots at the rim and chasing down rebounds with a vigor we haven’t seen in quite some time.
Tim Duncan was one of the few bright spots for the Spurs, scoring 20 points in the losing effort as the Heat defense swarmed the Spurs guards and never really let the offense get comfortable. Gary Neal also contributed 13 points off the bench, but the offense ground to a halt with him at the helm as the team was unable to handle Miami’s trapping pressure defense without Tony Parker on the floor.
The win swings the odds back in Miami’s favor, as they only have to win two of the next three games with two of them being on their home court. Game 5 tips off at 8 P.M. EST on Sunday.