Kawhi Leonard’s 20 points and 14 rebounds led the San Antonio Spurs to their second straight blowout win in Miami, a 107-86 triumph that moved them within one victory of dethroning the Heat as National Basketball Association champions.
The Spurs, who won 111-92 in Game 3 in Miami, took a three-games-to-one lead in the best-of-seven NBA Finals and can end Miami’s two-season reign June 15 in Game 5 at San Antonio.
“They are playing some beautiful basketball, they’re just carving us up,” Miami’s Chris Bosh told reporters. “They are pretty much getting everything they want.”
Tony Parker added 19 points last night for San Antonio, which led by 19 points at halftime and increased its lead to 81-57 entering the fourth quarter. Boris Diaw had eight points, nine assists and nine rebounds.
“It’s great that we get the opportunity to go back home, but we will not make the mistake to think it will be an easy game because we’re playing at home,” Diaw told reporters. “We know they’re going to play for their lives.”
“They smashed us in two straight home games,” James said. “I tried to will us back into the game, but they kept executing.”
Tim Duncan, who had 10 points and 11 rebounds for San Antonio and is one win away from his fifth NBA title with the Spurs, broke Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s record for postseason minutes played. Abdul-Jabbar’s mark of 8,851 minutes was set in 1969-89.
The Spurs led the Heat three games to two in the NBA Finals last year and lost in seven games. This time, the Heat would have to make a historic comeback -- no team has overcome a three-games-to-one deficit and won the NBA Finals.
“Great position for us, obviously going back home with a closeout game,” Duncan said in a news conference. “They’re going to come out and show a lot of fire. We don’t want to give them any life.”
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