The Heat bounced back from their worst postseason defeat to tie the National Basketball Association Finals at two games apiece and ensure that the series returns to Miami.
LeBron James had 33 points and 11 rebounds, and Dwyane Wade had 32 points, as the defending champion Heat topped the host San Antonio Spurs 109-93 to even the best-of-seven series at two games apiece.
Wade had 10 of his points as the Heat outscored the Spurs 28-17 in the fourth quarter last night, one game after losing by 36 points to San Antonio.
“We came in yesterday and really worked hard,” Wade said in a televised interview. “Offensively, we just played basketball. We just want to come out and play that way again.”
Game 5 will be June 16 in San Antonio, and the teams will return to Florida for Game 6 on June 18. The Heat will also host a decisive Game 7 on June 20 if necessary.
Chris Bosh added 20 points and 13 rebounds for the Heat, who did not have any player score as many as 20 points in the first three games of the series. Wade had a total of 43 points in the series before Game 4.
Tim Duncan had 20 points to lead the Spurs and Tony Parker ignored a strained right hamstring to score 15 points in the first half, then went scoreless in the final two periods at the AT&T Center in San Antonio.
Miami had seven blocks and forced the Spurs, who had a record-low four turnovers in the June 6 series opener, into 19 turnovers while committing only nine. The score would have been much more lopsided if not for the Spurs hitting eight of 16 3-pointers.
Wade recorded six steals, while James and Bosh had two each for the Heat, who had a total of 13 to five for the Spurs.
After a roller-coaster first half in which each team had a 10-point lead, the Spurs and Heat went into halftime tied 49-49. Parker and James each had 15 points in the first half.
The Heat led by five points heading into the fourth quarter. Miami extended its lead to 100-85 as Wade scored eight straight points for the Heat.
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