Leonard Leads Spurs, Pushes Heat to Brink


b5475d3e18bceb17560f6a7067002fbfKawhi Leonard scored a team high 20 points with 14 rebounds and Tim Duncan added another double-double of 11 points with 11 rebounds as the San Antonio Spurs crushed the Miami Heat, 107-86, in Game 4 of the NBA Finals in Miami. San Antonio now leads the best-of-seven series, 3-1.

The game went exactly how former NBA champion and L.A. Lakers forward Rick Fox said it might during an appearance on ESPN’s “First Take” show this week. Fox warned the Miami Heat and their superstar-led cast to be careful of what his Lakers fell victim to 10 years ago.

The Lakers, just one year removed from winning their third-straight NBA title, were blindsided and upset by the Detroit Pistons in the 2004 NBA Finals because they lacked the urgency of the moment. Unfortunately for Miami, Fox was right and the Heat were blown out of their own arena for the second straight game, falling into a nearly impossible position of needing to win the next three games. No team has ever come back from trailing 3-1 in a Finals series. Spurs guard Tony Parker scored 19 points and guard Danny Green was 3-of-5 from beyond the arc for nine points; forward Boris Diaw added eight points with nine rebounds for the Spurs.

Heat star LeBron James had a game-high 28 points with a team-high eight rebounds but received little support from his teammates. Guard Dwyane Wade struggled, making just 3-of-13 shots for 10 points and forward Chris Bosh made 5-of-12 for 12 points. The Spurs will try to close out the series and claim the NBA title in Game 5 on Sunday, June 15 in San Antonio.

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