LeBron James wanted the responsibility on his powerful shoulders.
Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh proved Thursday it doesn't have to be that way.
James can win the Miami Heat plenty of games, but even he can't win a title alone.
"We're not going to win this series if myself, Chris and LeBron don't show up to play on a consistent basis," Wade said.
"So tonight was kind of one of the best performances that we all had in the playoffs together at the same time, just being aggressive from start to finish, and hopefully that's what we can see for the next three games."
Riding big performances from their Big Three, the Heat tied the NBA Finals with a 109-93 victory over the San Antonio Spurs in Game 4.
"It was on our shoulders," James said. "We had to figure out how to win the game for us and play at the highest level. When all three of us are clicking we're very tough to beat."
James had 33 points and 11 rebounds after failing to break 20 points in any of the first three games of the series, and Wade scored 32 points, 11 more than his previous high this postseason.
Bosh matched his playoff high with 20 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, he and Wade supplying the baskets that finally put the Spurs away for good midway through the fourth quarter.
Three players, 85 points. Just the way the Heat envisioned it when they signed James and Bosh to play with Wade in 2010.
"The death of the Big Three was overrated," Heat owner Micky Arison said as he walked toward the winning locker room.
Sure was. His three prized players are just fine, and so are the Heat's championship hopes.
"When Bosh, Wade and James score the way they did tonight and shoot it the way they did tonight, a team is going to have a difficult time if you help them like we did," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said.
"When those guys are playing like that, you better be playing a perfect game."
The Spurs weren't, committing 19 turnovers that led to 23 points.
And just like they have for the past five months, the Heat bounced back from a loss with a victory. They are 12-0 after defeats since Jan. 10, outscoring opponents by an average of nearly 20 points in the previous 11 victories.
Tim Duncan scored 20 points for the Spurs, who have one more game here on Sunday. They fell to 10-3 at home all-time in the finals, failing to back up their 113-77 victory in Game 3 that was the third-most lopsided score in the history of the championship series.
James insisted he would be better after shooting 7 of 21 from the field with no free throws in that game, saying he was the star and it was his job to lead his team. He was 15 of 25 on Thursday.
But while James — and millions of critics worldwide — wanted to pile all the pressure on the league's MVP, it was Wade on Wednesday who said it was the Heat's three All-Stars who had to lead them together, or there would be no championship.
He was right. And now those championship hopes are right back on track.
"It was all about myself, Chris and LeBron coming out and leading this team to a victory," Wade said.
"The thing we talked about is we all have to make an impact in this game, somehow, some way."
Wade shot 14 of 25, adding six steals, six rebounds and four assists in a performance that James compared to when Wade was MVP of the 2006 finals.
Tony Parker had 15 points and nine assists for the Spurs, who made a finals-record 16 3-pointers on Tuesday but got up only 16 attempts in this one.