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Spurs on the brink of NBA title

HEAT TORCHED:With Dwyane Wade’s radar clearly awry and LeBron James subdued, San Antonio thrashed Miami 107-86 and claimed a 3-1 series lead in the NBA Finals

Reuters, MIAMI

With Dwyane Wade’s radar clearly awry and James subdued, the Heat trailed 55-36 at halftime and never looked like staging a comeback.

A more aggressive James, upping his intensity, did his best to give the home fans hope, but said his hot scoring run in the third quarter “meant nothing.”

The Spurs led by 24 heading into the fourth quarter and James admitted: “They smashed us.”

“They came in and were much better than us in these two games. It’s just that simple. They’re a high-oil machine and they move the ball extremely well,” James said.

Two other less heralded Spurs stood out through their contributions.

Australian backup guard Patty Mills scored 14 points, including four of six from three-point range, while France’s Boris Diaw had a great all-round game with eight points, nine rebounds and nine assists.

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