Winners and Losers from Monday Night's NBA Playoff Action

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Winners and Losers from Monday Night's NBA Playoff Action
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The Miami Heat moved one step closer to their third straight Eastern Conference finals appearance on Monday night, while the Memphis Grizzlies rallied from a double-digit deficit to grab control of their series.

A 103-97 overtime win over the Oklahoma City Thunder left the Grizzlies as the biggest winner of the night. Memphis spotted the OKC a 17-point lead in the first half, then stormed back to take a commanding 3-1 series lead.

The Heat may well have vacated the Windy City for the final time with their commanding 88-65 victory over the Chicago Bulls in Game 4. The undermanned Bulls appeared to hit a brick wall on the offensive end (or was that just Miami's relentless defense?), while the Heat shook off another shaky night from Dwyane Wade to ease into a comfortable win.

LeBron James looked more like a one-man show than one-third of the mighty Big Three, but the main member of their three-headed monster provided a badly-needed scoring punch to help secure the win. For Memphis it was a matter of rinsing and repeating, relying on a time-tested method to secure a toughly contested win.

Just one win separates the Heat and the Grizzlies from a conference finals berth, while the Bulls and Thunder face the unenviable scenario of win-or-go-home.

So who's to blame for the steep climb that lies ahead for Chicago and Oklahoma City? And who's to thank for the favorable position for Miami and Memphis?

Read on to find out the biggest winners and losers from Monday night's NBA playoff action.

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