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GAME 5: Heat 104, Thunder 98

One more.

The Heat defeated the Thunder 104-98 on Tuesday at AmericanAirlines Arena in Game 4 of the Finals to take a commanding 3-1 series lead in the best-of-7 series. The Heat can win the Finals with a victory on Thursday in Game 5.

LeBron James had a heroic fourth quarter, fighting through pain of a leg cramps, to make one of the most important shots of his career. His three-pointer with 2:51 left in the game gave the Heat a 97-94 lead and Miami held on for the victory.

IT WAS OVER WHEN...
Mario Chalmers made a pair of free throws with 13.8 seconds left to give the Heat a five-point lead. After a 20-second timeout, Kevin Durant missed a three-point attempt with 13.6 seconds to play and Chalmers made 1 of 2 free throws with 10.6 seconds left to clinch the victory.

AND THE GAME BALL GOES TO...
Mario Chalmers, of course. LeBron led the Heat with 26 points, but Chalmers had 25 points, including a team-leading 12 points in the fourth quarter. Chalmers' 25 points tied a career postseason high. He scored 19 points in the second half, his highest scoring half this postseason, on 7 of 10 shooting.

AWARD FOR BEST GLASSES OF THE SERIES GOES TO...
Dwyane Wade, who rocked flip-up shades with blue-tinted lenses in his postgame news conference. Wade earned the right to clown around. He finished with 25 points for the second straight game. He had15 points in the second half, including 10 in the third quarter. The Heat was 10 of 16 from the field in the third quarter. Wade was 2 of 3 from the field in the period and 6 of 6 from the free-throw line.

SO FRESH AND SO CLEAN
Norris Cole showed up to the arena with a high-top fade, the throwback haircut he sported in college. Cole should probably keep the hairstyle. He finished with eight points of the bench and provided the Heat with a spark when he scored eight points in seven minutes between the first and second quarters. The Thunder outscored the Heat 33-19 in th first quarter but Cole made a key three-pointer at the end of the period. He then drained another three-pointer to begin the second quarter to fuel a 16-0 run for the Heat. After falling behind by 17 points in the first quarter, the Heat trailed by three points entering halftime.

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No more fire Spo posts, I wonder why.

Fire spo

Gotta rep RIO, CB, and NoCo - big games. Also, Westbrook was nearly unstoppable for much of the game. That's the way to 'grind it out', or 'own it', or whatever catch phrase SPO is throwing out. More horrible no-calls in favour of OKC that won't get replayed over and over and over again. Westbrook's turnovers at the end of the game will be replayed and talked about, which is unfair, cause he had a helluva game. Hope LBJ gets plenty of fluids before the next game, (I know I will).

15 down - and 1 chewed up mouthpiece to go.

Great game all around. 1 More Game, Heat in 5. Let's go Heat.

U have to be a Cole fan. The Kid has Potential.

Thursday Looks like It's Pink Pants day for the Heat and Wade. Next Year give him some more rest during Games. Let Wade Jr.(Harris) Play and Develop with Cole.

Potential don't win championships.

Dance with who brought you to the dance.

OK Champ.

Where's Ur boy JA then?

Let's keep things positive, Buddy

We've adjusted to other teams and made them adjust to us throughout this whole playoff run, with a LOT of success, I might add. JA was part of that, and is still available, when our staff thinks he is needed.

Got your Buddy right here, Mr. Positive.

Let me give a shout out to the young girl who sang the National Anthem yesterday. SUPERB JOB!! I was disappointed in the two who sang in OKC, because to me, they were trying to bring attention to themselves and not paying respect to our great Country. That's what happens when you have wannabe idols promoting self over patriotism.

Fave moments: Bosh diving for & scooping a loose ball which drew a foul on Ibaka; Battier out-tipping KD on Haslem's jump ball (v. Harden) which Rio snagged and converted to a foul (on Westbrook); Several lunging OB saves by Wade which gave/extended Miami possessions; Rio bulling Westbrook aside in transition for a steal following his miss; Jones flattening KD on a pushout (see boxout) to prevent a putback; Bron slowly, painfully rising to his feet just to join his teammates during a late timeout.

Dark shadow: KD whined about getting pulled the other nite when he logged 39 while Bron/Wade logged 44. Cramps are cramps, but when Bron went down & stayed down as massages + electrolytes had no effect, my first thought was DANG IT, this is *exactly* what happens when bodies shutdown from OVERWORK. Bron's mind was willing, Bron's body was not.

Break glass coach: Miller is done. Gotta luv Jones' smarts/decision-making even when he isn't stroking 3s. And his d + rotations haven't been glaringly deficient. But there'd be less uphill and potentially a lot more downhill for the Heat as a whole (i.e., faster tempo, easier stops, more runouts) if Harris -- the only Heat w/the length, hops, chops + 3-position athleticism -- could find his way oncourt. Plus -- which gives you more? 2 x average athletes, one gimpy, who have no shutdown chops defending Durant, Harden or Westbrook and are essentially 3pt spacers w/streaky jumpshots on offense? Or the 3-position guy who can run, board, create a little and give you single-source stops against Durant, Harden & Westbrook? Just sayin (ad nauseam).

Pls. resume Bronwatch/nailbiting now.

Tip to JA. With Miller already & literally checking out (e.g. selling his house, selling his gimpiness), I'd agree the Heat could (probably) get more from JA's defense than they're currently getting from Miller's offense. We'll need stops, STOPs and MORE stops Thursday. Count me thankful for Rio's explosion, but he's still -18 vs Westbrook last nite whereas RW was only 1-4 vs. Cole.

Once again, kept em under 100pts...

DEFENSE & THE PAT RILEY WAY WINS CHAMPIONSHIPS!!!

Battier hustling for that ball in the last 17 seconds is the effort we needed! All around we were all in and we really want it this year. 1 more BIG effort. Tomorrow we own OKC and see you guys at the parade!

El Heat!

n.b. Interesting how Wade & Bron made a point of propping Cole last night (during their postgame pressers) without being asked. It wasn't just his 8, it was his energy + quicks (read tempo) on both ends. Message to Spo: When teammates trust, coaches should do.

Cole logged ZERO mins. in the 2nd half when the Heat could've used his quicks to stop/slow/brake Westbrook and/or close out the game with a little less drama, a bigger cushion or more rest for starters.

"Message to Spo: When teammates trust, coaches should [too]."

"... if Harris -- the only Heat w/the length, hops, chops + 3-position athleticism [to mimic Bron on *defense*] -- could find his way oncourt."

Lebron should go see Ricky for some Holistic Healing.

I believe we have the Young players(Cole,Wade Jr, Pitt). Next year just get rid of Milk and Howard Should Retire(Put him on the Coaching Staff). We don't need Nash if we Spend Money it Should be on A Center. Even though I say Draft a C. Trade Up If U Have to. Look how that turned out last Year. It will be better to Develop some 19-20 year old than to get a Finish Product that is a Mid-Level Player.

94% of the way to the title. If you go to Spo must know.net, you will see haters and doubters like myself eating a don't know sh*t combo. It even has a toy in it that makes a lot of "outside noise."

Great job Miami. Take care of busines Thurs night.

Best news today: "I wouldn’t expect [James] to have any residual cramping [Wednesday or Thursday], for example.” [ http://hrld.us/M56E0K

Best news Thursday: "LeBron James informed Heat trainers he had no residual or recurring cramping hours before tonight's tipoff."

Best news Friday: "We are all witnesses: Champions!"

GREAT WIN... Rio, way to step up when we really needed someone to play big, I thought it was UD, but it was you... great game.... now game 5... tbc... 007...

simply marvelous that's all i am going 2 say. let's go heat parade

Amen to that Taheati. The only time the body has power over the mind is when Mr. Charlie Horse speaks. Who would think KD would be a bigger liability on D against Rio then he was against Lebron. What he had, like 0 rebounds going into the 4th Quater. Better than Lebron huh?????????????

305 run dis house! Let's Go HEAT!!!

3 things:

1) Chalmers almost seems to have a future of promise. He's been scoring consistently in teens in the playoffs and he's looks like a mini-Dwade. I wouldn't say the second most efficient or 2nd best producer, but i will say he's the second most dynamic player on the team at creating his hot recently behind only james since DWade is hurt. He's taking people off the dribble and getting to the hoop whenever he decides he wants to unlike DWade who can't get pass defenders right now. Next year, DWade will be healthy though.

2) OKC are in a worst way than Miami as far as coaching goes. That's not exactly a put down cause not playing JA has helped Miami. Putting able scorers and defenders on the floor and removing JA means Spo is concentrating on offense and defense. Wonderful.

3) Since Wade has released control Lebron James has been playing like old Cleveland Lebron. Unfortunately though, if Wade doesn't have injury, that means he having same difficulty that Lebron had when team wasn't his. That means they are true alpha males and need to be on and running different teams. It means that we won't be able to depend on this new DWade to carry the team alone like he did in the past years. That means if Lebron gets hurt, DWade can't win games in his new form no more than a good Mo Will couldn't in Cleveland.

Let's Go Heat!

^^^excuse spelling and grammar

3 things:

1) Chalmers almost seems to have a future of promise. He's been scoring consistently in teens in the playoffs and he's looks like a mini-Dwade. I wouldn't say he's the second most efficient or 2nd best producer on the team, but i will say he's CURRENTLY the second most dynamic player on the team at creating his own shot behind only James since DWade is hurt. He's taking people off the dribble and getting to the hoop whenever he decides he wants to unlike DWade who can't get pass defenders right now. Next year, DWade will be healthy though.

2) OKC's in a worst way than Miami as far as coaching goes. That's not exactly a put down of Spo, because he's made adjustments, the biggest - not playing JA - and has helped Miami. He may confuse the Thunder by finally playing JA. A great game of chess. Just when they are comfortable, here comes Big Clumsy. Putting able scorers and defenders on the floor and removing JA means Spo is concentrating on offense and defense. Wonderful.

3) Since Wade has released control Lebron James has been playing like old Cleveland Lebron. Unfortunately though, if Wade doesn't have injury, that means he having same difficulty that Lebron had when team wasn't his. That means they are true alpha males and need to be on and running different teams. It means that we won't be able to depend on this new DWade to carry the team alone like he did in the past years. That means if Lebron gets hurt, DWade can't win games in his new form no more than a good Mo Will couldn't in Cleveland.

Let's Go Heat!

Mr. Goodman,
Why does the headline over your article carrying the score from last night's Game 4 say "Game 5"? Didn't anyone do any proofreading?

where are all the naysayers now???? eating crow,I hope !!!!!! 49 out of 50 states picked okc win over Miami...boy that is a lot of a-holes...in ur faces,u bunch of dumb asses!!!!!

Wade is better than lebron

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