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June 15, 2013

Bosh coming up big for Heat in Finals series

SAN ANTONIO — LeBron James and Dwyane Wade lingered at the edge of the court for a few extra moments after Game 4 of the NBA Finals, waiting to tend to one last piece of business.

They wanted to shake Chris Bosh’s hand.

By now, it’s not a surprise when the biggest man in Miami’s trio of stars gets overshadowed, which surely seemed to be the case once again in the game that essentially saved any hope the Heat have at winning their second straight NBA title. James scored 33 points in his best game of the finals and Wade played his best game in about three months with 32 points, but Bosh’s 20-point, 13-rebound effort in Miami’s 109-93 win over San Antonio was not lost on the Heat.

“He got into the battle. He got into the fight,” Wade said. “He played big for us. Thirteen rebounds, that’s what we need from him and obviously 20 points. He played the way that we love to see Chris Bosh play.”

Put another way, if Bosh keeps playing like this, there could be another parade down Biscayne Boulevard in a few days.

Maligned throughout much of the playoffs for relying almost too much on the long jumper and 3-point shot — he’s exceptional from the outside for a big man, but went 0 for 4 from 3-point range in Miami’s loss in Game 1 of the finals — Bosh quietly changed his approach.

In the next three games of the finals, he’s taken one 3-pointer, and that was a meaningless misfire with the Heat down by 26 points midway through the fourth quarter of San Antonio’s romp in Game 3. He’s had three straight double-doubles, just the second time that’s happened all season. He’s stayed in more comfortable offensive locales inside the arc, and has totaled 44 points and 33 rebounds in the most recent three games of the series — three more points and three more rebounds than the Spurs’ Tim Duncan has collected in that span.

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