Dwyane Wade scored more than 30 points for the first time since March 4, and added six rebounds and six steals in Miami’s Game 4 victory.
LeBron James reclaimed his form and Dwyane Wade reasserted his will over his battered body, lifting the Heat over the Spurs and tying the N.B.A. finals at 2-2.
Undrafted Gary Neal, 28, made the Spurs’ roster after toiling for three seasons in Europe, then outshined all the stars in Game 3, scoring 24 points with 6 3-pointers.
When Miami’s aggressive defense does not force the Spurs out of their set plays or into making turnovers, the Heat are often left trying to play three on four.
Spurs Coach Gregg Popovich said he would not know until Thursday whether Tony Parker, who has a Grade 1 hamstring strain, would play.
The Heat, facing a 2-1 deficit in the N.B.A. finals against the Spurs, ultimately rise and fall based on the strength, talent and poise of LeBron James, their star and leader.
Two of the most anonymous players in the series swiped the spotlight Tuesday night, leading the San Antonio Spurs to a stunning rout of the Miami Heat.
LeBron James scored 17 points in Game 2, but his pinpoint passes to Heat teammates on the opposite side of the court seemed to catch Spurs defenders out of position.
Tracy McGrady, a seven-time All-Star and two-time scoring champion, has been simulating LeBron James in practice for the San Antonio Spurs.
A snapshot of Flo Rida and Phyllis Katz, the wife of Raanan Katz, a minority owner of the Heat, sitting next to each other at a recent playoff game became the subject of online fascination.
After a shaky start, LeBron James and the Heat dominated the Spurs, whose offense fell apart with 17 turnovers.
Sportswriters reacted to Spurs guard Tony Parker’s preposterous shot at the end of Game 1, which is likely to go down in N.B.A. finals lore.
A day after San Antonio committed only four turnovers in a Game 1 victory, the Spurs and the Heat talked about the importance of taking care of the ball.
Tony Parker sank an improbable shot in the final seconds as the Spurs overcame a triple-double from the Heat’s LeBron James in the opener of the N.B.A. finals.
The operational approaches and roster strategies of the Heat and the Spurs should make for a compelling matchup in an N.B.A. finals that has something for everyone.
Like the Heat with Tony Parker, the Spurs will try to keep LeBron James off balance by showing him a number of different defensive tactics during the N.B.A. finals.
San Antonio and Miami have combined for nine finals appearances in the last 15 seasons, but it has been more than two years since they have faced off with all their stars playing.
The Spurs are counting on Tony Parker to lead them in the N.B.A. finals against the disruptive, harassing defense of the Miami Heat.
In the playoffs, the best players play more, and few teams benefit more from this dynamic than the Pacers, who will face the Heat on Monday night in a Game 7.
Miami’s LeBron James and Dwyane Wade found themselves back in perfect harmony, keeping their hopes alive for a second straight championship. The Heat will play the Spurs in the finals starting Thursday.
Even with three consecutive trips to the finals, the Heat, for a good chunk of the series with the Pacers, looked like a team clinging on, with LeBron James at the helm of an aging, fraying cast.
Pacers center Roy Hibbert apologized Sunday for using a gay slur and cursing during his news conference after Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals.
The Heat’s title defense is dependent on Dwyane Wade’s wobbly knee, Chris Bosh’s wilting confidence and LeBron James’s apparently wavering faith in his struggling co-stars.
Chris Andersen knocked Indiana’s Tyler Hansbrough to the court with an elbow in Game 5, and later pushed back against the referee, who was trying to break up the altercation.
The series between the Heat and the Pacers has revived the issue of flopping, with three players being fined after Game 4 on Tuesday.
The Heat, accustomed to taking victories when they want, were dealt a stunning defeat by the young, proud and too stubborn to succumb Pacers.
Forcing Indiana’s Roy Hibbert to choose between helping on LeBron James or leaving Udonis Haslem open stretched the Pacers’ defense to the breaking point in Game 5.
Sportswriters marveled at LeBron James’s Game 5 performance against the Pacers, but his teammates’ lack of support reminded even him of his Cleveland days.
While Dwyane Wade hobbled and Chris Bosh drifted in Game 5, LeBron James “just went back to my Cleveland days” to lead the Heat to victory and a 3-2 series lead over Indiana.
Miami’s LeBron James and Indiana’s David West and Lance Stephenson were fined $5,000 each for their theatrics in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals.