San Antonio Spurs: Beat Heat To Take 3-1 Finals Lead

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Jun 12, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; Fans leaving the arena during the fourth quarter of game four of the 2014 NBA Finals between the Miami Heat and the San Antonio Spurs at American Airlines Arena. San Antonio defeated Miami 86-107. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

After their last 13 playoff losses, the Miami Heat had won the next game. On Thursday two-time champion Miami needed to beat the San Antonio Spurs to knot the NBA Finals at two heading back to Texas. For the first time in three postseasons, a stretch spanning 48 games, the Heat failed to get a victory following a defeat falling 107-86.

Miami now trail 3-1 in the Finals. San Antonio followed up their 71-point first half by yielding just 36 points during the first half of Game 4. The Spurs led by 21 and 19 at intermission Tuesday and Thursday, the third and fifth largest cushions by an away team in NBA Finals history.

San Antonio’s dominance Thursday continued late into the night as once again the Heat faithful headed for the exits early. All 13 of the Spurs to play scored in San Antonio’s 11th playoff win by 15 or more points.

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