Friday, June 14th, 2013 at 9:00 am  |  48 responses

Miami Heat’s Big Three Deliver Game 4 Win

by Marcel Mutoni @ marcel_mutoni

With their backs pressed firmly up against the wall, the Miami Heat turned to the stars who joined forces in the summer of 2010 with the stated goal of winning multiple NBA championships.

Down 2-1 in the NBA Finals, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh were called on in a must-win Game 4 against the San Antonio Spurs, and the Big Three delivered a 109-93 victory.

The trio combined for a Playoff-best 85 points, grabbed 30 rebounds, blocked eight shots, snatched 10 steals, and only coughed up the ball twice. The Heat have now regained momentum in the series.

Per the AP:

Miami Heat owner Micky Arison had a message as he walked to the winning locker room. “The death of the Big Three was overrated,” he said.

“It was on our shoulders,” James said. “We had to figure out how to win the game for us and play at the highest level. When all three of us are clicking we’re very tough to beat.” James had 33 points and 11 rebounds after failing to break 20 points in any of the first three games of the series, and Wade scored 32 points, 11 more than his previous high this postseason. Bosh matched his playoff high with 20 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, he and Wade supplying the baskets that finally put the Spurs away for good midway through the fourth quarter.

The Miami Heat are now 12-0 after a loss since January 10. Dwyane Wade was the catalyst, as he looked explosive for the first time in the series, and LeBron said that his co-star was back to his “Flash” days.

The NBA Finals are now a best 2 out of 3, and San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich knows his team is in trouble if the South Beach Big Three continue to play like this:

“When Bosh, Wade and James score the way they did tonight and shoot it the way they did tonight, a team is going to have a difficult time if you help them like we did,” Popovich said. “When those guys are playing like that, you better be playing a perfect game.”

Game 5 is set for Sunday night in San Antonio.

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  • Max

    Looks like DWade and Bosh figured out how to play ball again. If only Manu would still be Manu this would be so much better.

  • Sizzle

    Glad the heat won. Although this sets up a possible loss in game 5, followed by the media over-hyping how Wade is done and LeBron is “lost.” Sports media is great, but the commentary after a heat loss can cause major fatigue. Excited for Game 5

  • http://www.facebook.com/myselfunderkarma Fredd.

    Impressive ( even if awaited )
    Come on spurs, now i hope it inspires their own big 3 to rise back to somekind of dominence.

  • Stepfan Raiford

    You knew it was bad sign when Tiago Splitter made a back court violation two seconds in to start the game. Dwade was the best player on the floor last night. He took the pressure off Lebron to not do everything by himself and Lebron feed off of that. Bosh also had a great game on both ends of the floor. Dwade went back to 06.

  • Stepfan Raiford

    I need you to make that into a gif. I was crying when this happened.

  • Stepfan Raiford

    Manu has absolutely zero confidence in his game. Has he even had a good game in this years playoffs?

  • Stepfan Raiford

    Dwade’s mother prayed for her son’s knee now I need someone to pray for Manu’s heart.

  • fruizm

    I knew I wasnt the only one who noticed this haha!

  • tons

    Ya boy is a real deal weirdo and he just keeps solidifying it every day. Gotta love the fact that he’s himself tho.

  • OfftheWall87

    Just as a pure basketball fan, it was fun watching the real Dwyane Wade return last night.

  • bike

    In desperation, prior to last night’s game, the Heat decided to finally tap into that 50 gallon drum of Whoop Ass.

  • RayJr

    Game 1 against the Warriors is one I can think of.

  • RayJr

    If they played like this from Game 1 this could have possibly been a sweep or they would be up 3-1. Let’s see if Miami can play with this intensity for Game 5 or if they will relax and coast. Also, I did not expect that performance from Wade. Didn’t think he still had that in him.

  • shockexchange

    It was fun to watch the Heat throw caution to the wind and simply go out and play ball and have fun. Previously they were overthinking the game.

  • robb

    yeah they played solid bb, especially Wade, but SA didn’t play their best game. They were not focused enough, lacked intensity and execution, they missed easy baskets and they underestimated Wade, they gave him a lot of space and you can’t do that against a player like him.

  • Dfrance

    Bosh is a funny cat man, seeing this live was priceless!

  • The Fury

    This Finals is driving me crazy.

  • The Fury

    What bugs me the most is, he starts to take risky passes that causes errors sometimes or most of it. He’s my favorite Spurs of all-time yet I wish Pop would just bench him. I also noticed that Miami always makes a run if he’s on the floor. What the hell’s wrong with him?!?!

  • pposse

    1. its so damn funny how no one cares when the Heat win. They are the anti-heroes of the NBA. No one cares to comment besides a few.

    2. Manu Ginobli has made all types of dumb decisions. He can’t pass, dribble, or shoot right now. He needs to get it together.

  • fruizm

    These pretzels are making me thirstyyyy!!

  • speedy

    Getting hated and then deliver. That’s how you shut these haters up, that have problems recognizing game.

    Ppose has a point saying majority just wants to see them lose.

    Real bball-fans just want to see a good game, and that’s what they delivered yesterday.
    Now Ginobili and Duncan have to step their game up and this series will be something.
    I don’t like blowout wins in the Finals.

  • The Mighty FV

    3. Do you call that a blowout? I don’t…they beat them convincingly but a blowout is usually saved for victories of a higher difference.

    6. the Spurs played so badly last night I think it takes away from how well the Heat played.

  • Melvin flynt

    lbj 2 di world!-flash is back, cb#1 played awesome the big 3 is alive!! this series is headed bk to Miami game 6..! epic performance last night by heat! good effort by spurs.. heat Defense was too much..

  • LakeShow

    Well done Heat, well done. *slow claps

  • pposse

    i consider last nights game a blowout mainly because before lebron subbed back in Wade already put the nail in the coffin. I could and should have shut that game off with like 5:00 remaining knowing full well what the outcome would be. It was a tight game for the first three qtrs. I was talkin to someone about it at work, we just were hoping for more closer games.

  • Saleem Rainman

    If the “Big three” score 85 points, idc what team you are and how well your system usually runs. You arent winning.

  • pposse

    the problem is he has too much confidence in his game, and is making irrational decisions, risky passes, shooting contested threes, silly dribble moves, flopping, getting flopped on etc etc

  • LeroyShonuff

    Bench Manu… Please!!! He needs to get the Blair treatment. End of the bench never to play again. He took a close competitive game in the late 3rd and with horrible turnovers, angles on drives and gambling on defense killed the Spurs. Miami Big 3 played great but without Manu (who been garbage all season) that game would of game down to the final minutes with Neal and Green hot from 3…

  • Max

    He awesome haha.

  • Max

    I don’t know how to make those haha.

  • http://www.rich-imaging.com/ Dutch Rich

    Why are so many proclaiming that Manu has deceased? While his shot hasn’t been falling he still had a huge imprint on game 3. Aggressive drives, pin point passing. He’s the one that got Gary Neal going.

  • BugEyes

    more like someone pray for his nose

  • Max

    The lack of scoring probably, and people just watching box scores.

  • Stepfan Raiford


  • http://www.rich-imaging.com/ Dutch Rich

    Sure his numbers are down from 14 to 11 I believe. He’s going up against formidable guards. He has to chase Ray Allen for 20/30 min. He doesn’t get a lot of good looks. But his passing in their wins has been crisp as hell and in game 3 he really helped set the tone with his aggressiveness and ballfakes. I don’t disagree that he can do more but he ain’t washed up. Harden had a though time driven and shooting against this tough defense. He has to more selective with his drives. And he needs to get more picks. IMO Timmy is getting a pass. Pop chewed his aśś out. He needs to finish better at the rim. Splitter don’t even get me started. In any case, this is a helluve series. Entire play-offs been awesome….

  • http://www.rich-imaging.com/ Dutch Rich

    And with 4 min left Pop really should have told T-Mac to go do what he did in that famous onslaught on the Spurs…with a wink…and a “go get your name in the paper!”.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    LOL, well done.

  • Richard Narvaiza

    miami’s defense is built around their ability to confuse teams around the perimiter, the point is not really to steal the ball or create a turnover, if it happens then ofcourse its an automatic fastbreak. but what they are really tryin to do most of the time is just eat up the shot clock and force teams to either throw up bricks or commit an unforced turnover tryin to make something happen quick. that said, this type of defense plays so good against players like manu who likes to gamble on risky passes and/or makin somthing happen drivin the ball to the hole. he tried and failed a few times so now hes thinkin about it everytime he has the ball in his hands. sadly he may show glimpses of his old form everynow and then, but truth is when the heat turn it up hes got no chance. it aint manu that needs to step up. its duncan, since before the season began every team in the nba knows that the only weakness the miami heats got is size. pos playin into this so early in game benefited miami. u dont play their game and expect to win. you put as much pressure on their bigs as you can like the pacers did.

  • The Philosopher

    Called it…
    Bike and myself.

  • Dagger
  • Bruce Wayne

    I understand Pop has his system, is an outstanding coach, etc, but the fact that he keeps T-Mac glued to the bench even though Manu has been up and down, and Corey Joseph isn’t really ready for Finals basketball yet, is pissing me off. He could definitely give them huge spot minutes off the bench.

  • SirGrey

    Sarcasm at its finest.

  • Max

    Manu is still a better option becaus of his passing.

  • Bruce Wayne

    Manu was Manu again tonight, but if you are familiar with McGrady, he is an excellent passer as well. Doesn’t look like he is going to play much of an on court role in this series though. On to Game 6..

  • Max

    Manu is still the better option, no matter what, otherwise TMac would play.

  • Stepfan Raiford

    Dagger you are clutch.

  • Bruce Wayne

    That was the plan all along. He wasn’t going to play except if someone in the rotation got hurt. My point is that I would have liked to see him out there, even if in short spurts.

  • Max

    Ah ok, I’d like to see him get a bucket in the finals.