2014 NBA Finals Game 4 analysis: 8 big numbers from Game 4

Eight numbers that tell the story of the San Antonio Spurs’ 107-86 win over the Miami Heat in Game 4 of the 2014 NBA Finals (Spurs lead series 3-1):

126 – Points scored by the Spurs in the first half of Games 3 and 4 combined. The Spurs converted on 45 of 69 field-goal attempts (65.2%) to lead by a combined 40 points at halftime in those two games.

16 – The total combined points, rebounds and assists in Game 4 for Miami’s Dwyane Wade, who averaged 19 points, 4.7 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game during the regular season. The Spurs limited Wade to 10 points on 3 of 13 shooting from the floor to go with four assists and two rebounds.

14 (Part 1) – Points scored by Spurs’ reserve guard Patty Mills in 15 minutes of playing time – his second-highest scoring output of this season’s playoffs (he scored 18 in the Spurs’ series-clinching win against Portland on May 14). Mills converted on a team-high four 3-pointers on six attempts, and he outscored every member of the Heat except for LeBron James.

14 (Part 2) – Rebounds for the Spurs’ Kawhi Leonard, who averaged over 11 rebounds per game in last season’s NBA Finals but was held to just eight combined rebounds in the first three games of this series. Leonard, who helped the Spurs outrebound the Heat 44-27, also contributed 20 points to follow up his career high of 29 points in Game 3.

3 – Points scored by Spurs’ forward/center and former ASU standout Jeff Ayres (formerly Pendergraph) – his first points of the NBA Finals. With the game out of reach, Ayres converted on 3 of 4 free-throw attempts in the game’s final minutes. Ayres, who helped lead ASU to the 2009 NCAA Tournament alongside James Harden, is one victory away from becoming the first Sun Devil to win an NBA championship since Eddie House did so in 2008 with the Boston Celtics.

1997 – The last (and only) time Miami rallied from a 3-1 deficit to win a playoff series. In that season, the Heat won three consecutive games against the New York Knicks to advance to their first-ever Eastern Conference Finals, where they were dispatched by Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls in five games.

1979 – The last (and only) time the Spurs lost a playoff series after jumping out to a 3-1 lead. The Washington Bullets (now Wizards) won three straight games to knock off the Spurs in that season’s Eastern Conference Finals. The Bullets went on to lose to the Seattle Supersonics (now Oklahoma City Thunder) in the ‘79 NBA Finals.

0 – Teams that have rallied from a 3-1 series deficit in the NBA Finals.

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