Miami holds off Thunder, takes commanding 3-1 series lead

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Miami survives a monster game from Thunder's Westbrook to take a commanding 3-1 series lead in the NBA Finals

Miami Heat’s Mario Chalmers attempts a 3-point shot over Oklahoma City Thunder’s Russell Westbrook in Game 4 of the NBA Finals. Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images North America/AFP

MANILA, Philippines – Miami survives a monster game from Thunder’s Westbrook and takes a commanding 3-1 series lead after a 104-98 victory in Game 4.

Oklahoma City’s All-Star point guard Russell Westbrook was aggressive all through out the game leading his team with 43 points but he was called for a foul late in the game when they were down by just 3 points. His foul led to 2 made free throws by Mario Chalmers.

After being down by 2, 94-92, Miami’s Big 3, LeBron, Wade and Bosh score 7 straight points to put the Heat up by 5, 99-94 and they never trailed from there.

LeBron cramped up at the 5:15 mark of the 4th quarter but comes back in to hit a big 3-point basket. He exited the game with 55 seconds left.

Westbrook cut down Miami’s lead to a solitary point with a finger roll at the 10:25 minute mark of the 4th quarter but Chalmers quickly answered with 5 straight points.

Miami took the lead midway through the 3rd quarter thanks to their Big 3 and point guard Mario Chalmers who hit a 3-pointer to give the Heat a 4-point lead, 64-60. Heat outscored Thunder by 7 points in the 3rd quarter, 33-26, and takes a 79-75 lead to the 4th.

Oklahoma was able to hold on to a 3-point lead over the Heat at the half, 49-46. Thunder’s Westbrook led all scorers with 18 points. LeBron James finished the half with a near triple-double, 10 points, 8 assists, 6 rebounds. But the Heat quickly closed the gap to 33-26 on a 7-point blitz initiated by a 3-pointer from rookie point guard Norris Cole.

Heat’s starting point guard Mario Chalmers scored 19 points in the 2nd half to give Miami a boost. Chalmers is averaging only 5.67 points per game in the Finals but finished Game 4 with 25 including the last 5 points to seal the victory for the Heat.

No other player in Thunder uniform scored in double figures aside from stars Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant who finished the game with 28 points.


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