jimmythegreek Posts:12637 Followers:392
On 06/20/2012 04:36 PM in NBA


Lebron James scored 26 points and Dwayne Wade and Mario Chalmers added 25 apiece as the Miami Heat took a commanding 3-1 series lead with a 104-98 win over Oklahoma City in game 4 of the NBA Finals at the American Airlines Arena last night. James shot 10/20 (50%) from the floor and converted 5/8 (63%) from the free throw line along with dishing out 12 assists and grabbing 9 rebounds, both team highs falling one rebound shy of a triple double. Wade made just 8/19 (42%) shots overall but was clutch from the charity stripe hitting 7/9 (78%). Chalmers shot 9/15 (60%) from the field including 3/9 (33%) from 3 point range. The Heat shot 48% overall including 10/26 (39%) from 3 point range and sunk 18/25 (72%) from the foul line. Miami took much better care of the ball in crunch time outrebounding OKC 40-35, recording 20 team assists and committing just 9 turnovers. Russell Westbrook led the Thunder with a playoff career high of 43 points hitting an incredible 20/32 (63%) from the floor along with collecting 7 rebounds and handing out 5 assists. Kevin Durant added 28 on 9/19 (47%0 from the field and converting all 9 of his free throw attempts while finally steering clear of foul trouble. However, no other OKC player managed to score double figures as James Harden struggled through his second straight game making just 2/10 (20%) from the floor for 8 points and a team high 10 rebounds off the bench. OKC shot 49% overall but that included a dismal 3/16 (19%) from 3 point range. The Thunder converted 15/16 (94%0 from the free throw line but committed almost as many turnovers (12) as recorded assists (13). Westbrook hit his first four shots and the Thunder made six of their first seven in a 13-3 burst out of the gate. A run of six straight made it 23-12 against the stunned Heat, who started 5 of 17, and it grew to 33-16 on Harden's fast-break layup with 21 seconds left. The Heat found their spark in Cole, who hit a 3-pointer and then opened the second quarter with another to kick off a 16-0 burst, and the Heat would come all the way back to tie it at 35 on Wade's 3-pointer with 7:57 remaining in the half. With the crowd back in it, Chris Bosh, who finished with 13 points and 9 rebounds, got them even more fired up by diving on the floor for a loose ball, then leaping up after he was fouled and screaming toward the fans. Yet the Thunder never gave up the lead, Westbrook constantly coming through with a bucket every time the Heat seemed to get within one point in the final minutes. The Thunder took a 49-46 lead into the break after Shane Battier missed a 3-point attempt just before the buzzer. Miami finally went in front again in the third, Wade hitting a pair of free throws and James rifling a pass to him after a rebound for a basket that made it 50-49, and the Heat would play from in front for most of the remainder of the period. Neither team could gain separation during a dizzying middle two periods, one score quickly answered on the other end as Miami took a 79-75 lead to the final 12 minutes. James stumbled to the court on a drive midway through the fourth quarter, staying on the offensive end of the floor as the Heat regained possession on a blocked shot, and he made a short jumper that made it 92-90. After Westbrook missed a jumper, the Heat called timeout as James gingerly went to the court. Unable to walk off, he was carried to the sideline by a pair of teammates. He returned to a huge roar with a little over 4 minutes left and the Heat down two, and after Bosh tied it, James slowly walked into a pull-up 3-point attempt -- perhaps doing so knowing he couldn't drive by anyone -- and drilled it. That made it 97-94, and when Wade followed with a layup with 2:19 left, the Heat finally enough room to withstand Westbrook, who kept coming all night. Game 5 is Thursday night and James will have a chance to finish a nine-year chase that started in Cleveland before he famously -- or infamously -- left for South Florida before last season.

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