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June 13, 2014

NBA FINALS:Heat try to stop a machine

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The two-time champions have more urgent concerns now.

"Did we expect to come here and lose two the way we did at home? No way," Wade said. "But we also expect to go to San Antonio and put up a better effort and try to come out with another win. So we'll get away from it (Friday), but we'll still think about what we need to do to try to get another win to keep the series alive."

James simply acknowledged the obvious, that the Spurs were the better team, when they swept his Cleveland Cavaliers in 2007 for the last of their four NBA championships. But he wasn't supposed to be on the wrong side of the talent differential once he bolted for Miami, where the Heat would build a Big Three for this decade that would rival what San Antonio's did last decade.

But the Spurs go so far beyond Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili now. There's Kawhi Leonard, who followed his career-high, 29-point night in Game 3 with 20 points and 14 rebounds Thursday and has done no worse than battled James to a draw over the last two games.

Or Boris Diaw, who wasn't even in the starting lineup until Game 3 and had eight points, nine rebounds and nine assists in Game 4, serving as one of the catalysts for the Spurs' mesmerizing ball movement.

Individual players get hot all the time. The Spurs are on a team-wide hot streak.

"I just think we're playing Spurs basketball," Parker said. "We're just moving the ball and we're just playing the way we've been playing all season. We'd like to do a 'good to great,' the extra pass, and we preach that, and right now we're clicking."

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