James led the Heat with 33 points, matching Wade in effort and intensity. He also had 11 rebounds, marking the first time he has had more than 10 rebounds in a Finals game while scoring at least 30 points. James was so gassed in the fourth quarter after a prolonged level of defensive mastery that Spoelstra was forced to send in Shane Battier as an emergency substitute. James couldnt catch his breath.
I was just trying to play until the tank was empty, James said.
James was 7 of 21 in Game 3, including 2 of 14 from outside the paint, and responded by going 15 of 25 in Game 4. He was 1 of 2 from three-point range.
He got everything he wanted, Spurs power forward Tim Duncan said. Its one game. Well make adjustments and see what happens next game.
Bosh, like Wade a nonfactor in the Finals until Thursday, scored 20 points, going 8 of 14 from the field, to go along with 13 rebounds and two blocks. Bosh was diving across the floor and ripping down rebounds deep into the fourth quarter.
We need Chris to be big and do so many different things and wear so many different hats, Spoelstra said.
Game 4 was the first time Bosh has scored at least 20 points since scoring that many against the Bulls in the Eastern Conference finals. His return to form came when the Heat needed it most.
Ever since weve gotten together, since the first game, weve had to respond to adversity, Bosh said. Thats something that we pride ourselves on. And we really concentrate. When things get rough and theyre not going like you want them to go, thats when we pull together even more. And we just rely on each other and really pick it up.
Mario Chalmers made the Heats first three-pointer of the game with 5:43 left in the third quarter to give Miami a 67-61 lead. The Heat went 4 of 12 from three-point range, attempting its fewest number of three-point attempts of the postseason. Chalmers finished with six points and Ray Allen had 14 points off the bench, going 5 of 10 from the field.
Mike Miller entered Game 4 shooting 10 of 11 from three-point range and went 0 of 1 from distance after being inserted into the starting lineup for Udonis Haslem.
Wade set the tone early, scoring eight points in the games first seven minutes. James shifted into high gear in the second quarter and the two players finished with 29 of the Heats 49 points in the first half. Bosh had eight points in the first half and Allen had eight points off the bench, going 3 of 4 from the field.
The Spurs shot 44.3 percent overall with Duncan scoring 20 points after a slow start. Parker had 15 points and Danny Green scored 10, going 3 of 5 from three-point range.
The Heat outrebounded the Spurs 41-36 and scored 23 points off of 19 turnovers.
They take a lot of risks. Thats Miami identity, Parker said. They gamble and tonight it worked.
Said Spoelstra: We try to play aggressively. Its a fine line with [San Antonio] but we have to be 100 percent committed to our identity.
San Antonio had 19 offensive rebounds in Game 3 but managed just five in Game 4.
• Tickets for Game 6 at AmericanAirlines Arena will go on sale Friday.