Dwyane Wade and LeBron James combined for 65 points last night and Chris Bosh scored 20 to lead the Miami Heat to a critical series-equalizing, 109-93 Game Four win. Phewww! The win guarantees the series will end in Miami, as the Heat takes back the home-court advantage it earned with a franchise-record 66 regular-season wins.
This was the Dwyane Wade Heat fans have been waiting for all playoffs long. Wade brought the entire mess from jump street Thursday night, setting the tone for the whole team. Wade shot 14 of 25 to go with six rebounds, four assists, six steals, and one HUGE middle finger to the naysayers.
While the points will get all the attention, just as important was Wade's impact on defense, helping run the unconscious three-point-hitting robot Spurs the hell away from the three-point line. All in all, it was the Wade we have grown to love in Miami, the guy who, when it's all said and done, will go down as the best athlete in Miami sports history because of nights like this.
Combining for 85 of the team's 109 points, the Heat's Big 3 were a human "shocker" sign in Game Four. This is what the team was built for, performances like Thursday night. Pieces have been added around them, but when push comes to shove, this is why LeBron, Wade, and Bosh are on all the posters, not Mario Chalmers. The three led the team to a 53 percent shooting night while committing just two combined turnovers, zero by Dwyane Wade. When the Big Three play like this, you could put the Sklar brothers around them in the starting lineup and still have a good chance of winning.
LeBron brought out the camouflage before Game Four, the first sure fire sign that Heat fans were about to witness some ass kicking. With the season in flux, LeBron brought all his fucks, and the Spurs were no match for his MVPenis. I like to imagine LeBron's "Us Versus Them" hat includes Miami News Times recap guys in the "Us" part, and that it's talking about us beating them in a best friends forever competition.
While Dwyane and LeBron will receive most of the Game Four accolades, Boshy Bear was back in mating mode Thursday night. Finishing with 20 points and 13 boards only tells some of the story, Bosh was more importantly aggressive and fought all game long under the basket, whether it be for a loose ball or on a drive to the basket. With the Spurs going small, Udonis Haslem not having his best series, and Birdman being rendered useless in this series due to match-up problems -- this is the Tall Justice we gotta get to win.
Your play of the game takes you back to 2006. Dwyane Wade cuts off the pass, jukes one defender, euro-steps another and Jordan-logo slams the ball through the net. If Heat fan gets this Dwyane Wade the rest of the Finals, it's a virtual certainty that Heat fans get a double-decker bus parade on Bayside next week. Dwyane Wade has your plus-minus statistics in the same place he keeps your doubts, right there in his no fucks closet. Vintage Wade is the boobs.
The worst that can now happen is the Miami Heat head home for Games Six and Seven down 3-2, the best that can happen is they go home with two opportunities to seal their back-to-back championships. With the way the Heat blew the doors off the Spurs the last time these teams met in Miami, neither of those two options feel as bad as Thursday night felt. Game Four was huge, and Miami showed up big time, because CHAMPIONS. Game Five is the Spurs' turn to feel like their season is on the line, if the Tex-Mex doesn't already have Spurs fan shitting his pants all weekend, that should do the trick.
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Victory Friday, South Florida!!!! Drunken Half-Price Papa Johns pizza FTW! Sunday is gonna be so sexual.