Thunder vs. Heat: NBA Finals Game 4 Live Score, Analysis and Reaction
There it is. The Miami Heat knock off the Oklahoma City Thunder with a 104-98 win.
Russell Westbrook put together one heck of a performance with 43 points, seven rebounds and five assists, but Mario Chalmers stole the Thunder (no pun intended) with his 25-point performance.
Game 5 will be Thursday night in South Beach. Could be the moment LeBron wins his first ring.
Scroll down for updates throughout the game.
Speaking the truth.
Excellent Finals: games decided by small margins, clutch plays, crucial decisions. Heat Better in those moments.— Chris Fowler (@cbfowler) June 20, 2012
Players of the Game
Russell Westbrook: 43 points, seven rebounds, five assists, on 62.5-percent shooting.
Mario Chalmers: 25 points on 60-percent shooting
There it is! The Miami Heat take a commanding three games to one lead over the Oklahoma City Thunder, and they do so without LeBron James at the end.
Miami Heat 104 OKC Thunder 98
Only three points off of the actual score prediction. Not too shabby.
If LeBron doesn't want to hear about how he whimper out, he needs to come back in the game if the Thunder score here, even if he's cramping.
Westbrook has had an absolutely epic game, but he made a MASSIVE mistake there by not recognizing that the shot clock was almost out when Chalmers got that tip.
Oh man, how one play can change the game.
Miami Heat 103 OKC Thunder 98 with 13.8 left in the 4th.
Russell Westbrook ... Wow ... Just, Wow ...
Pulls the Thunder within three points with just 17.3 left in the 4th. Harden and Haslem with a jump-ball here.
Miami Heat 101 OKC Thunder 98 with 17.3 left.
Well you can tell Mario Chalmers wants this one. What an epic performance by Super Mario, as he puts the Heat up by five with 44.5 left in the 4th.
Miami Heat 101 OKC Thunder 96 with 44.5 left in regulation.
Let this be a lesson to kids who play basketball ... Make sure you hydrate before your games or you'll end up like LeBron—on the sideline as the game is on the line.
Miami Heat 99 OKC Thunder 96 with 54 seconds left in the 4th.
LeBron with an ugly air ball down at the other end, followed up by a nice defensive play by Dwyane Wade on the other end.
Miami Heat 99 OKC Thunder 96 with 55.5 left in the 4th—Heat ball coming out of the timeout.
If I was LeBron I'd limp real heavy 4 the rest of the game so they could compare me 2 Willis Reed all day 2morrow— Adam Taliaferro (@Tali43) June 20, 2012
Russell Westbrook answers, just when you thought it might be over for the Thunder.
Miami Heat 99 OKC Thunder 96 with 1:24 left in the 4th
Well if you wondered if the Heat's big three was going to show up or not, with the Heat down two here's what happened:
Chris Bosh layup
LeBron James three-ball
Dwyane Wade lay-up.
Yep, I think that's what they call showing up.
Miami Heat 99 OKC Thunder 94 with 2:18 left in the 4th.
LeBron James knocks down a HUGE three-pointer to put the Heat up by three points, as he limps back down the court.
Miami Heat 97 OKC Thunder 94 with 2:31 left in the game.
Kevin Durant sinks a big-time jumper, and the Heat turn the ball over, as LeBron re-enters the game. The crowd ERUPTS.
OKC Thunder 94 Miami Heat 92 with 4:00 left in the 4th.
Looks like LeBron's got some cramps, apparently he didn't eat enough bananas or drink enough gatorade before the game.
Miami Heat 92 OKC Thunder 92 with 4:53 left in the 4th, courtesy of two Durant free-throws.
Do the Heat get an extra long timeout because LeBron went down?
It seems like we've been at commercial break for about five minutes ...
Get Paul Pierce on the phone, LeBron needs to borrow a wheelchair— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) June 20, 2012
LeBron James looks like he's hurting a bit after going down to the floor. Heat call a timeout and trainers come out to look at LeBron.
Miami Heat 92 OKC Thunder 90 with 5:18 left in the 4th
Everything's going Westbrook's way right now. He's even getting the refs to call some fouls for him.
OKC Thunder 90 Miami Heat 90 Russell Westbrook 39 with 6:11 left in the game.
Alright folks, we've got under 7 minutes left, and it's going to come down to these two guys:
LeBron James vs. Russell Westbrook. Who you got here?
Miami Heat 90 OKC Thunder 88 with 6:47 left in the 4th.
Westbrook's had a great game; next 7 minutes will determine if we elevate that to legendary.— J.A. Adande (@jadande) June 20, 2012
Westbrook to the line with his 34th point of the night.
Sinks the free-throw and gets his 35th point of the night. Absolutely classic performance by the long-lost member of the ninja turtles.
Miami Heat 90 OKC Thunder 86 with 6:57 left in the 4th.
Russell Westbrook is doing his best Jordan impression tonight, by trying to do everything he can to carry the Thunder past a better Heat team.
Chalmers with his 20th point of the night ... #Epic.
Miami Heat 87 OKC Thunder 83 with 7:46 left in the game.
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