It looks like LeBron James will finally capture that elusive NBA championship ring this time. After winning their game 4 in their home court in Miami, the Heat is now 1 win away in winning this years title. It was another trailing game for Miami as OKC led by double digits on the 1st half. Heat bounced back in the latter part of the 4th to finish the game at 104-98.
Oklahoma slightly led in field goals at 48.8% compared to Heat’s 48.1%. They also led in terms of free throw shooting with 93.8 % and Heat only at 72.0%. But Miami beats the Thunder in the 3-point area, shooting 38.5% compared to 18.8 %.
LeBron James again led the Heat with his 26 points, 12 assists and 9 rebounds. Other 3 first fives who also scored in doubles are Mario Chalmers with 25, Dwayne Wade also with 25 and Chris Bosch with 13. It was a stellar game for Chalmers capping his post-season high.
Meanwhile it should have been a great opportunity for Thunder to tie the series only if Russel Westbrook gets the help he needs. Westbrook was too hot to handle in this game getiing his game high scoring at 43 points with 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Among the first 5 it was only Kevin Durant who also scored in doubles at 28 points while others remained in below 10 scores.
“It’s not disappointing, it just happens that way. Russell had a great game. We were going. We were going with him and he was making terrific plays at the basket. … Like I said, unfortunately we didn’t make a couple plays down the stretch that we could have won the game.” – Thunder coach Scott Brooks
Now that Miami leads the series 3-1 and game 5 is still scheduled to be in their home court in American Airlines Arena on Thursday, June 21 (Friday morning in Manila), it is expected that LeBron and the rest of Heat will finish it off. But with the caliber of Durant and Westbrook expect a total war on Thursday because I’m sure they will work double time to win that game and extend the series to least one more game.