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NBA Finals
Miami vs. San Antonio
Series (best of 7): Series tied 2-2
June 6: San Antonio 92, Miami 88
June 9: Miami 103,
San Antonio 84
June 11: San Antonio 113, Miami 77
June 13: Miami 109,
San Antonio 93
Sunday: at San Antonio, 8 p.m.
Tuesday: at Miami, 9 p.m.
Thursday: at Miami, 9 p.m.*
Also
Florida sports bar collapses
MIAMI – A packed outdoor deck behind a popular Miami-area sports bar collapsed during the NBA Finals on Thursday night, sending dozens of patrons into the shallow waters of Biscayne Bay. Three people were critically injured.
Lt. Ignatius Carroll of Miami Fire-Rescue said late Thursday that 100 people fell into the water. He said rescuers pulled patrons from the bay, and that divers were searching waters underneath the collapsed deck as helicopters shined spotlights onto the area.Carroll said authorities were not sure if everyone was accounted for.
The accident occurred around 9:45 p.m. at Shucker’s Bar & Grill in North Bay Village, north of Miami Beach, as customers were watching the Miami Heat play the San Antonio Spurs.
WSVN-TV reported that 24 people were injured.
Associated Press
Miami’s LeBron James, left, tries to shoot over San Antonio’s Tim Duncan during the first half Thursday of Game 4 of the NBA Finals in San Antonio. James scored 33 points and had 11 rebounds and four assists.
Miami109, San Antonio 93

James gets Heat even

Forward nets 33, Wade 32, Bosh 20 in Game 4 victory

– LeBron James scored 33 points while playing with the aggression and ferocity that everyone expects of the four-time MVP, leading the Miami Heat to a 109-93 victory over the San Antonio Spurs on Thursday night that evened the NBA Finals at two games apiece.

James also had 11 rebounds and four assists and finally got some much-needed help from his struggling All-Star teammates. Dwyane Wade scored 32 points, Chris Bosh had 20 points and 13 rebounds and the defending champions made sure the series will head back to South Beach.

Tony Parker had 15 points and nine assists while playing through a sore right hamstring for the Spurs, who were trying to move one step closer to their fifth championship.

Game 5 in the best-of-seven series is Sunday night in San Antonio.

Ray Allen scored 14 points for the Heat. Miami had 50 points in the paint after managing 32 in Game 3.

Tim Duncan scored 20 points, and Kawhi Leonard added 12 points and seven rebounds for the Spurs, who turned the ball over 19 times. After setting a finals record with 16 three-pointers in Game 3, San Antonio was 8 for 16.

James was an abysmal 7 for 21 for 15 points in Game 3, and he promised to be better in Game 4. He delivered on that the only way he knows how, hitting 15 of 25 shots and putting the team on his shoulders to set the tone early.

Every time James snatched a Spurs miss off the glass he thundered up the court, attacking the back-pedaling defense for easy layups that simply haven’t been there for him this series.

He made six of his first seven shots, controlling the tempo and responding when the Spurs threatened to run away with the game in the first six minutes.

Parker strained his right hamstring during Game 3, leaving many in San Antonio to fear that the big step forward they made with their win in Game 3 came at a hefty price. But Parker deemed himself “ready to go” at the team’s morning shootaround and looked fine, save for a quick trip to the locker room in the fourth quarter.

All the old Parker tricks were there in the first quarter – a pull-up jumper to open the game, a driving layup and then another off the pick-and-roll. Leonard then buried a three-pointer to give the Spurs a 15-5 lead early in the game.

Then James made the move the Heat have been waiting for all series.

He took the ball coast-to-coast on two straight possessions during a run that tied it at 19. James then hit two mid-range jumpers to cap the 14-2 surge and give Miami a 25-21 lead.

Mike Miller was inserted into Miami’s starting lineup for big man Udonis Haslem. Miller was 9 for 10 on three-pointers in his first three games of the finals but was scoreless in the game.

* If necessary – Associated Press

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