Wade inside, LeBron outside works out well
June, 14, 2013
By ESPN Stats & Information
Each team has its shooting strengths and weaknesses through two games.
Dwyane Wade came up with a vintage performance, the kind that the San Antonio Spurs had no answer for, and exactly the kind the Miami Heat needed to even the NBA Finals.
Chris Bosh came through too, with a 20-10 game. And all LeBron James did was score a personal-Finals high 33 points.
The Heat improved to 6-0 this postseason following a loss, and have won 12 straight games following a loss dating back to the regular season.
The Spurs' two losses in this series equaled their total from the first three rounds, in which they went 12-2.
Let’s take a look at some of the statistical highlights from today’s game.
Wade at his best
Wade finished with 32 points and six steals, the first player to hit those benchmarks in an NBA Finals game since Isiah Thomas for the Detroit Pistons in an epic Game 6 of the NBA Finals against the Los Angeles Lakers (43 points, six steals).
Tweak the numbers a little bit and you net a list of the five players with 30 points, five rebounds and five steals in an NBA Finals game, via the Elias Sports Bureau.
It puts Wade in pretty good company.
Wade was 9-for-11 in the paint and scored on all six of his drives to the basket. He was averaging nine points in the paint on 58 percent shooting through the first three games of the series.
James is king from outside the paint
LeBron James has a history of shooting struggles from outside the paint in NBA Finals games against the Spurs. He had made only 15 of 77 shots prior to Game 4.
But in this game, he was in can’t-miss mode, netting eight baskets on 11 shots from outside the paint.
The Elias Sports Bureau notes that James and Wade are the first teammates to each score 30 points in an NBA Finals road win since Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant did it once in 2001 and once in 2002.
James actually had his fewest touches of the basketball in this series, with 63. Wade (58) and Bosh (38) each had their most in any game in this series.
Bosh brings it
Bosh finished with 20 points, 13 rebounds, two steals and two blocks, making him the first Heat player to hit those plateaus in an NBA Finals game.
The only player in the last 25 years to reach those numbers in a road Finals win was Shaquille O'Neal in the 2000 Finals at the Pacers.
Key to the game: Spurs pick-and-roll comes to halt
The Spurs scored a series-high 29 points on Tony Parker drives, but only eight in the second half after running Parker off fewer screens.
Parker ran off nine screens in the second half and those led to 3-for-8 Spurs shooting, and eight points.
The Spurs scored 21 points on 9-of-13 shooting in the first half, running Parker off 31 screens.
When an NBA Finals series is tied 2-2, the Game 5 winner has gone on to win seven of 10 series under the 2-3-2 format that began in 1985.
This is the third time the Spurs have been tied 2-2 in an NBA Finals. They won the previous two against the Nets in 2003 and Pistons in 2005.
The Heat have won three of four series in the James/Wade/Bosh era when the series was tied 2-2, with the loss coming to the Mavericks in the 2011 NBA Finals.