Heat Outlast Thunder 104-98, Lead Finals 3-1

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MIAMI — Overcoming a 17 point deficit late in the 1st quarter, the Miami Heat held on to win game 4 of the NBA finals, defeating the Oklahoma City Thunder 104-98 at American Airlines Arena on Tuesday night.

Miami responded early in the second quarter, capping a 19-2 run with a game-tying 3-pointer from Heat guard Dwyane Wade with 7:56 remaining in the half.

OKC led 49-46 at the break.

Miami controlled much of the second half thanks to terrific games from several key players, including point guard Mario Chalmers. The former Kansas Jayhawk finished the game with 25 points.

Chalmers was clutch late, driving to the bucket for a huge layup that put the Heat up by 5 with :44 seconds left in the game.

NBA MVP LeBron James finished one rebound shy of a triple-double, collecting 26 points, 12 assists, and 9 rebounds. D. Wade finished with 25 points.

While both teams shot at least 48% from the field, OKC had a rough night from 3-point range. The Thunder shot 18.8% from beyond the arc, hitting 3-16. The Heat shot 38.5%.

Despite 43 points from Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook and 28 points from NBA scoring champion Kevin Durant, OKC couldn’t overcome the Heat’s balanced scoring attack and persistent second half surge.

Down 3-1, OKC (47-19, 21-12 away) faces elimination on Thursday night in Miami, when they take on the Heat (46-20, 28-5 home) for game 5 of the NBA Finals.

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