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.