Final: Heat 109-93: When Dwyane Wade and LeBron James combine for 65 points, the Heat are nearly impossible to beat, and they were Thursday in an impressive win, outscoring the Spurs 60-44 in the second half for their Game 4 win. Game 5 is set for Sunday night. Tim Duncan scored 20 for San Antonio.
Fourth quarter, 6:04, Heat 96-85: Dwyane Wade has been magnificent tonight with 30 points in 35 minutes on 13-for-21 shooting, including a vintage dunk as the Heat are pulling away. LeBron James has been respectable with 24 points but it’s been Wade’s night.
Fourth quarter, 8:46, Heat 86-79: Miami is trying to put the game away and the Spurs are preventing themselves from a rally with silly mistakes. San Antonio is shooting just 9 of 26 from the field in the second half while the Heat are at 15 of 30. Still, the Spurs are hanging around with Tiago Splitter about to attempt two free throws.
End of third quarter, Heat 81-76: LeBron James and Dwyane Wade combined for 17 points in the quarter as the Heat are looking in vintage form. The Spurs are staying close with the 3-pointer — 7 for 12 — but are losing the rebounding battle (31-27) and have just three offensive rebounds. It should be a thrilling final period.
Third quarter, 3:56, Heat 69-66: Miami is playing well with LeBron James having scored 21 points in 29 minutes. But the Spurs, like in Game 1, keep staying close with big buckets. Kawhi Leonard just completed a 3-point play and has 12 points with seven rebounds. After hitting 16 3-pointers in Game 3, the Spurs have just five in Game 4.
Third quarter, 6:43, Heat 60-58: Reminiscent of Game 1, both teams are taking shots at least other in this physical slugfest. LeBron James just hit a jumper from an out-of-bounds play for the Miami lead and a furious Gregg Popovich called timeout. James and Dwayne Wade each have 19 points but Wade picked up his fourth foul and is on the bench. Tony Parker has 15 points but the Spurs are just 4-for-10 shooting in the second half and have missed six free throws in the game.
Halftime, Tied at 49 Spurs end the half on an 18-8 run as Tony Parker took advantage of the Heat’s desire to stop the 3-pointer by living in the paint. And after a masterful 11-point first quarter, LeBron James scored 4 in the second period but leads the Heat with 15. Parker has 15, 6 assists and 3 rebounds as the Spurs shot 51.4 percent in the half. Miami is at 50 percent while Ray Allen has 8 points.
Second quarter, 5:03, Heat 41-36: Miami led by as many as 10 just a minute ago but the Spurs are fighting to rally behind Tony Parker, who has just set up Tim Duncan and Kawhi Leonard with layups after spinning passes. He already has 11 points and four assists. LeBron James has 13 points but just 2 in the first 6:57 of the second period. Dwayne Wade leads Miami with 14 while Chris Bosh has 6. Duncan has 5 points and two rebounds.
Second quarter, 8:37, Heat 37-29: Miami is on a 32-14 run with LeBron James and Dwyane Wade combining for 25 points on 11-for-16 shooting. The Spurs have fallen apart offensively with 1-for-5 shooting in the quarter and a litter of missed layups. Tony Parker has 11 points on 5-for-9 shooting. The rest of the Spurs are 5 of 13.
End of first quarter, Heat 29-26: Miami ends the quarter on a 24-11 run and LeBron James has now arrived, scoring 11 points, 8 in the final 3:36 of the quarter. Tony Parker has 11 points but the Spurs defense is an issue so far. Dwyane Wade added 10 points for the Heat, so two of the Big Three are hot.
First quarter, 5:08, Spurs 17-11: It’s Dwayne Wade, not LeBron James, going into beast mode with 8 points already as the Heat try to stat close. The Spurs have hit 7 of their first 10 shots but have scored only 2 points in the past 2:02, prompting a timeout from Gregg Popovich. Tony Parker, who was questionable for the game, already has 8 points. James has 3 points and one assist in seven minutes.
First quarter, 7:30, Spurs 12-5: Danny Green and Gary Neal have already hit 3-pointers and LeBron James has 1 point. Dwyane Wade has 4 for the Heat, who aren’t exactly playing desperate right now. Tony Parker just scored his 6th point.