Published June 14, 2013
SAN ANTONIO – Five things to note from Miami's 109-93 win over San Antonio in Game 4 of the NBA Finals on Thursday night:
FLASH RETURNED: Dwyane Wade doesn't get called "Flash" often anymore, primarily because he tends to go by the more standard "D-Wade" moniker, partially because he keeps giving himself nicknames like "WoW" (that one didn't really catch on). But in Game 4 of the NBA Finals, Flash was back, all right. Wade finished with 32 points, six rebounds and six steals — one more than the entire Spurs roster, combined. It was vintage Wade, 2006 edition, and came when Miami absolutely needed him most. When he scores at least 20, the Heat are 42-4 this season.
LEBRON RETURNED, TOO: It takes a lot for a 33-point night from LeBron James to get overshadowed, but that's sort of what happened in Game 4 because of Wade's big night. James made 15 of 25 shots, was definitely more of an attack-mode player than he was in the first three games of the series, and more than shook off a start to the Finals where he was averaging 16.7 points on 39 percent shooting. He and Wade combined to score 36 (18 each) in the second half. That's as many as the five highest-scoring Spurs did combined over the final 24 minutes.
SLOPPY SPURS: San Antonio turned the ball over 19 times, accounting for 23 Miami points, and that was probably the stat more damning to the Spurs than anything else. There wasn't a big disparity in offensive rebounds (7-5 Miami) but the Heat took 15 more shots than the Spurs, basically because of all the possessions that San Antonio wasted. Lamented Spurs coach Gregg Popovich: "We can't give them over 20 points off turnovers. They're too good."
WHERE'S MANU?: San Antonio's Manu Ginobili scored only five points, and is now averaging 7.5 points on 34 percent shooting in the finals. When Miami's "Big Three" of Wade, James and Chris Bosh combine to score 85, the Spurs probably expect to see their "Big Three" of Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Ginobili respond. Instead, in Game 4, the Spurs' big trio combined for just 40 points.
COMING UP: Neither team will practice Friday. Heat coach Erik Spoelstra and Spurs coach Gregg Popovich will have teleconferences with reporters, and both teams are set to resume practice in San Antonio on Saturday.