Miami Heat defeats Oklahoma City Thunder to take 3-1 lead in NBA Finals
By Joseph Goodman The Miami Herald
LeBron James had 26 points and 12 assists to put the Heat one win away from an NBA titlehttp://www.miamiherald.com/2012/06/19/2858317/miami-heat-survives-lebron-james.html#storylink=cpy
By Joseph Goodman
This time, the Heat had its lead and kept it.
Thememory of last season’s collapse in the fourth quarter of Game 4 against the Mavericks served as a source of constant motivation for the Heat for an entire year. On Tuesday at AmericanAirlines Arena,LeBron James and the Heat finally exorcised those demons. The Heat defeated the Thunder 104-98 in Game 4 of the NBA Finals to take a commanding 3-1 lead in the best-of-7 series.
“We had to go throughsomething to get to the point that we are resilient and that’s going through the heartbreaking loss in the Finals last year,” Dwyane Wade said. “Really having to go back and gut-check ourselves. Butyou’ve got to crawl before you walk. That’s what we did.
No team has ever lost a Finals after leading a series 3-1.
Down 17 in the first quarter, the Heat recorded its largest postseason comebackin franchise history. Miami can finish off the Thunder in Game 5 on Thursday at home.
Playing with constant pain in his legs, James offered a heroic effort in the final period. He scored six points inthe fourth quarter despite severe leg cramps and finished with 26 points in the game on 10 of 20 shooting.
“We talked about it before the game that you have to play with an intensity like you havenothing left by the end of the game and he did,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said.
James entered the fourth quarter two rebounds shy of a triple-double and finished the game with 12 assists and nineboards. In a scary moment, he was carried off the court by team trainer Jay Sabol and reserve Juwan Howard with 5:15 left in the game. James was treated for leg cramps on the sideline and James Jones...
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