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            === Wade breaks out, Heat crush Spurs to even series ===
 San  Antonio, TX  (Sports  Network)  - Miami's  star  triumvirate played  like
 champions  in Game  4 as they carried the  Heat to a convincing win to tie the
 NBA Finals at two games apiece.
 Dwyane  Wade was unstoppable, LeBron James had his best game of the series and
 Chris  Bosh  recorded a double-double as  Miami pulled away and downed the San
 Antonio Spurs, 109-93, just two days after getting embarrassed at AT&T Center.
 "It  was on  our shoulders. We had  to play at the highest level," James said.
 "When all three of us are clicking, we're very tough to beat."
 Thursday's  meeting eerily  resembled that of Game 2, with the Heat scoring 23
 points off 19 turnovers and putting the game away early in the fourth quarter.
 Wade  was the  unlikely  catalyst  after no-showing  in  the  second half  the
 previous  three games. He  turned up his game to the level that won him Finals
 MVP  seven years  ago, logging 32 points --  18 in the second half -- with six
 steals, six rebounds and four assists.
 James  poured in  33 points after averaging  less than 17 in the series coming
 in.  The league MVP  also pulled down 11 rebounds, and Bosh put up a 20-point,
 13-rebound effort for the Heat, who held the Spurs to 37 percent shooting over
 the final two quarters.
 Tony  Parker, who  was nursing a hamstring  injury, had 15 points in the first
 half  but was  held scoreless in the  second as San Antonio lost its chance at
 taking a commanding lead in the series.
 "In  the second half I think I got fatigued a little bit ... but I didn't make
 it worse," Parker said of the strain.
 Tim  Duncan led the Spurs with 20 points, while Gary Neal and Danny Green, the
 heroes   in  a  36-point  Game  3  blowout,  contributed  13  and  10  points,
 respectively, in the setback.
 The  teams get an extra day of rest before Game 5 tips off Sunday night in San
 The  Heat,  who have not  lost back-to-back games  since Jan. 8-10, brought an
 81-76 lead into the fourth and never relinquished it.
 James  took a  seat to rest for a  stretch run that was not needed following a
 memorable  performance  from Wade, who  had just  eight points combined in the
 three second halves heading into this pivotal battle.
 He  scored that many  in a little over two minutes during the deciding moments
 early  in  the fourth,  the highlight  being an emphatic  slam after forcing a
 turnover and dribbling past two defenders in transition.
 Wade  assisted on  a Bosh bucket that  pushed Miami's lead to 94-83 with seven
 minutes  to  play, then drove in  for a layup that  made it a 100-85 game with
 5:17 to go.
 "(Wade)  got  into a great rhythm  in the first half.  For us to win he had to
 continue to be aggressive," Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra said.
 The benches were emptied shortly thereafter, and a de facto three-game series,
 with the last two in Miami, is what remains between the Heat becoming back-to-
 back champions or the Spurs winning their fifth title since 1999.
 After hitting a Finals record 16 3-pointers Tuesday, the Spurs stayed hot from
 long  range in  the early going, hitting their first three attempts with Kawhi
 Leonard's triple giving them a 15-5 lead 4:50 into the game.
 Instead  of settling  for jumpers, the Heat erased their deficit by getting to
 the foul line and working the ball inside for efficient shots.
 James  scored on  the block on consecutive possessions to tie the game, 19-19,
 then  gave  the visitors their  first lead at 23-21  on an open 19-footer with
 just over two minutes left in the opening frame.
 Miami  took  a 29-26  lead into  the second  quarter and  extended its edge to
 41-31 when Wade cleaned up a James miss with seven minutes left in the half.
 The  Spurs, though, ended  the half on an 11-2 run to even things. Boris Diaw,
 who did not play at all in Game 3, had seven points during the surge, and when
 Bosh had his dunk waived off at the buzzer, the score was even at 49-49.
 A  high-energy third  quarter saw  six lead  changes and  four ties,  the last
 change  coming when a Ray Allen layup put Miami on top, 62-61, near the midway
                                   Game Notes
 With  his 12th  point, James moved past  Hakeem Olajuwon for 10th place on the
 NBA's  all-time scoring  list in  the postseason.  He now  has (3,777)  career
 postseason  points ... Bosh  shot 8-of-14 from the field. The Heat have won 31
 straight  games when he  makes at least half of his shots ... Allen chipped in
 14  points off  the bench ... Spoelstra switched Mike Miller into the starting
 lineup  over  Udonis Haslem,  but Miller  missed the  only shot  he took in 21
 minutes  of play ... Leonard had 12 points and seven boards ... Neal and Green
 each  had  three  3-pointers after  combining  for  13  in  Game 3  ...  Miami
 committed  nine  turnovers ...  Manu Ginobili  had just  five points on 1-of-5
 shooting in the loss.
 06/14 00:43:21 ET