The San Antonio Spurs have taken a commanding 3-1 series lead over the Miami Heat.
The Spurs led from start to finish, controlled every aspect of the game, and defeated the Heat 107-86. The Spurs are now one win away from winning the teams fifth ever championship, and will look to do so when this series shifts back to San Antonio for game 5 on Sunday night.
Tip-off is set for shortly after 8pm. No team has ever overcome a 3-1 deficit to win an NBA Finals.
Prior to this game, the Heat had gone 48 straight playoff games without losing 2 in a row. That was the 3rd longest streak in NBA history. Miami last lost 2 playoff games in a row to the Celtics in the 2012 Eastern Conference Finals.
Kawhi Leonard led the Spurs in scoring for the 2nd straight game. Leonard scored 20 points to go along with a game high 14 rebounds, Tony Parker had 19 points, and Patty Mills added 14 off the bench.
After struggling to get in a flow the first 2 games, these last 2 in Miami have been absolutely sensational from Leonard and his play has been a major reason why the Spurs are one win away from a championship.
Tim Duncan had 10 points and 11 rebounds, Danny Green scored 9 points on 3/5 from 3, and Boris Diaw narrowly missed a triple double scoring 10 points while adding 9 rebounds and 9 assists. Manu Ginobili had 7 points off the bench.
San Antonio’s first half wasn’t record setting like it was in game 3, but the Spurs still controlled play. They led by as many as 22 points, shot 55.6 percent from the field, and led 55-36. The Heat meanwhile shot 35.3 percent from the field. Dwyane Wade had just 4 points on 1/7 shooting, and LeBron James scored 9 points on 3/7 from the field.
LeBron was the Heat’s offense in the 3rd quarter. He scored 19 of Miami’s 21 points and hit 7 of his 8 shot attempts. The only problem with that was the rest of the team did next to nothing. Aside from James, the Heat scored just 2 points on 1/9 shooting and San Antonio led by 24 after 3. The Spurs coasted through the 4th quarter on their way to victory.
For the Heat, LeBron James scored a game high 28 points, but no one else came to play. Chris Bosh was the next Heat leading scorer with 12 points, James Jones had 11, and Dwyane Wade added 10 points on 3/13 from the field. Wade looked as poor as he’s had all season in this game.
Mario Chalmers continues to be a non-factor. He scored 4 points, Rashard Lewis had 2 points, and Ray Allen added 8 off the bench.
If the Heat are going to extend this series, the level of intensity has to be picked up tremendously. LeBron James seems like the only player who cares. Wade looks finished, Chalmers has done nothing positive all series, and Rashard Lewis’s honeymoon appears to have ended.
The Spurs look more than poised to finish this series come Sunday night.