The Miami Heat has had to listen to criticism over how it played in Tuesday’s loss to the San Antonio Spurs 113-77. LeBron James did not play well in the first three games of the series, at least not as well as he believes he could have played.
James told reporters before game 4 that he simply had to play better for both he and his teammates.
James had even worried about the same thing happening in this series that happened the last time the Heat played in Texas in the NBA Finals. Two seasons ago, Dallas defeated the Heat in the finals to take the NBA title.
Those worries went away as the Heat won game 4 on Thursday night 109-93 to tie the series at 2-2. James scored 33 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in the game.
James and his teammates treated the game on Thursday as if it were an elimination game for them. If the Heat had lost, they would be down 3-1 with San Antonio needing only one win in the last three games to take home the title.
However, with the strong showing by James and his Heat teammates, the series is tied 2-2 and Miami has home court advantage once again, with two of the last three games of the series being played in Miami.
Game 5 is scheduled for Sunday. The pressure has now been put back on San Antonio, as they know to win the title they will have to win at least one more game on the road in Miami.