Despite a strong showing for Russell Westbrook, LeBron James and the Miami Heat were able to pull away to a 3-1 series lead against the Oklahoma City Thunder Wednesday, with a 104-98 victory at the AmericanAirlines Arena.
James was on the verge of yet another playoff triple-double, with his 26 points, 12 assists and 9 rebounds, while Dwyane Wade went for 25 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists to help secure the victory.
Russell Westbrook went off Wednesday, shooting 20-32 for his 43 points to go along with his 7 rebounds and 5 assists, while Kevin Durant put up 28 points in a losing effort.
Fighting back from a early 17 point deficit, Miami ignited after the quarter time break, outscoring OKC 60-42 over the 2nd
With both sides shooting the ball well (Oklahoma City 49%, Miami 48%), the big difference came from the long ball, where the Heat hit another 7 shots from behind the arch.
Game 4 MVP: Mario Chalmers
In a bit of a quite night by Miami big man Chris Bosh, Mario Chalmers stepped up to give the Heat a vital win, leaving them only one way away from their second title in franchise history.
Chalmers rose to the occasion, shooting at 9-15, hitting 3 from behind the arch, while scoring an impressive 25 points.
You know what you are going to get from James and Wade every night, but for Miami to be able to compete with the Big 3 of Oklahoma City, it is important for at least one of the supporting cast to step up, and Chalmers flew the flag Wednesday.
Mike Napoli - Texas Rangers catcher
Bruce Bowen - Former 3 time NBA Champion and current ESPN analyst
Kris Humphries - Current Brooklyn Net and former other half of Kim Kardashian
Being only 1 win away from lifting the silverware, Miami will surely play at 110% Friday in an effort to win in front of their home fans.
The Thunder will need another big performance from both Durant and Westbrook if they have any hope of sending the series back to Oklahoma City, while the Big 3 will need a helping hand from at least one of their colleague if they want to close the series out in 5.
Make sure your watching when Game 5 tips off Friday at 11am EST from AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami.