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NBA Finals: Heat bounce back in a must-win Game 4

By Royce Young | NBA writer

SAN ANTONIO -- With their season backed into yet another corner, the Heat had to respond. They had to win.

And behind what now seem like unlikely characters, the Heat have evened the Spurs with a 109-93 win.

Dwyane Wade, spectacular. A throwback 32-point, six-rebound, four-assist, six-steal game. Chris Bosh, terrific. A strong 20-point, 13-rebound, two-block game, along with some splendid help defense.

LeBron James, not too bad either. He promised he'd bounce back and be better than his disastrous Game 3. And he accomplished that essentially in a half. He finished with 33 points, 11 rebounds and four assists, piling on points late in the fourth.

That's 77 points from the Miami Big 3, something we haven't seen in quite some time from the trio.

The Spurs were tight and appeared to be absorbing blows from the Heat, but once Wade found that extra gear that has made the Heat so downright terrifying in the past, San Antonio just couldn't keep pace. After dropping 16 3s in Game 3, the Spurs found the moneyball only 8-of-16 times

It means the series is now knotted at 2-2, and the Heat have regained homecourt advantage. It feels like more than that happened, though. The Heat seem to have rediscovered themselves a bit. They swarmed defensively, which has been their identity, but James, Wade and Bosh owned the game. That's who they're supposed to be.

The Spurs can change it all in Game 5. Why it takes desperation for the Heat to pull this out of themselves is unknown, but when they find this level, they're unstoppable.

 
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