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LeBron James is closer than hes ever been before. The Miami Heat superstar is
just 48 minutes away from the championship he has spent nine years chasing, and
he and his teammates will try to get it done tonight in South Florida when they
host the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 5 of the NBA Finals. You can see all the
action on TSN beginning at 8pm et/5pm pt, or listen to the game on TSN Radio
1050 Toronto. You can also join TSN.cas Game Night Blog at 9pm et/6pm pt. James
fought through painful cramps on Tuesday to knock down the go-ahead 3- pointer
late in the fourth quarter as the Heat moved within one win of the title with a
104-98 victory over the Thunder. After sitting on the bench with the cramps,
James checked back in to knock down the shot that put the Heat up for good and
sent them to a 3-1 lead in the series. “I dont know how he did it,” said
Chris Bosh, who watched as his teammate was carried off the floor during a
timeout. James sat wincing on the bench as Heat trainers attended to his left
leg. He said afterward that it felt like his body just shut down but he wanted
to go back into the game. His go-ahead shot came as the shot clock ticked off
its final seconds. “I just wanted to step up and try to make a play,” said
James. “If I was out on the floor I was just trying to make a play with the
limited mobility I had.” James scored 26 points to lead Miami, while
Russell Westbrook poured in 43 for the Thunder, but made a costly error with
13.8 seconds left when he fouled Mario Chalmers with the shot clock winding down
and his team down by three. The Thunder now face a nasty bit of history: Thirty
teams have tried but none has ever come back from a 3-1 deficit in NBA Finals
history. Dwyane Wade and Chalmers added 25 points each in Game 4 for Miami, with
Chalmers getting 12 in the fourth quarter. The Heat overcame a 17-point deficit
in the opening frame for their third straight win. Kevin Durant finished with 28
for the Thunder. James slipped in the lane midway through the fourth quarter,
was slow to get up and remained on the Miami side of the floor to score a bank
shot after a Wade block at the other end. After he collapsed back to the floor
he was helped to the bench. Westbrook had scored 13 straight Thunder points to
tie the game at 90 shortly before James went down. And while the Heat star was
out, Durant made a jumper from the right side to cap an 11-2 Thunder run that
gave them a 94-92 lead. Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said the cramps didnt go away,
but James came back and buried the three from the high right side to make it
97-94 Miami. Wade added a scoop layup, ending a quick 7-0 burst. “That three was
just sheer will and competitiveness,” said Spoelstra. James went out again with
55.5 seconds left—they were still working on his leg during a timeout—and
didnt come back. But the shot he made was good enough. He added 12 assists and
nine rebounds in the win. “Thats what being in these Finals is about,” said
Bosh, who had 13 points and nine rebounds, “giving it all you got until you cant
walk anymore.” Chalmers put the Heat up by five with a layup.dddddddddddd It was
followed by Westbrooks quick bucket after another timeout, but the Thunder
guards mental mistake cost his team on the other end. Udonis Haslem hustled for
a loose ball after Wade missed a floater and the Heat got possession after a
jump ball. With the shot clock re-set to 5 seconds, Miami had no good look. But
Westbrook wrapped up Chalmers, and the Heat guard hit two foul shots for a
five-point lead. “Just a miscommunication on my part,” Westbrook said. “Nothing
I can do about it now.” Thunder coach Scott Brooks called it a “tough play” but
stuck up for his point guard. “One play doesnt decide a game,” the coach said.
“You learn from it and move on from it. ... He kept us in the game.” The Heat
also led Dallas 2-1 last year but lost three in a row as the Mavs rallied for
the title. James had just eight points in Game 4 last season but now is one win
away from his long-awaited first championship. “Its still all business,” said
Chalmers. “We got one more win.” A three-time and reigning NBA MVP James is
widely considered as the best player in the game but failed in his first two
trips to The Finals, a 2007 sweep at the hands of San Antonio when we was with
the Cleveland Cavaliers and last years hiccup against the Mavs. “I have a job to
do,” James said Wednesday. “And my job is not done.” James received treatment on
Wednesday and said the soreness that followed the cramps in his left leg was
easing a bit. “I feel a lot better than I did last night. Thats clear,” the
All-Star said. “Im still a little sore because of the muscles just kind of being
at an intense level, very tight.” OKC remains hopeful despite it can find a way
out of its 1-3 hole, citing the competitiveness of the series so far. The
Thunders three losses have come by just four, six and six points. “We didnt get
here just to make it here and say we did,” Durant said. “We made it to The
Finals. We want to come in here and we want to try to get a title. Its all about
keep competing until that last buzzer sounds, and thats what were going to do.”
That said not only are teams 0-30 in The Finals when down 3-1, none has ever
even forced a Game 7 while facing that scenario since the league went to its
current 2-3-2 finals format in 1985. For the Thunder, reserve guard
James Harden, the reigning Sixth Man of the Year who has performed poorly in the
series, is expected to play despite suffering a bruised left hand in Game 4.
Miami and OKC split a pair of regular season meetings with Oklahoma City forcing
21 turnovers and rolling to a 103-87 victory at home on March 25 before the Heat
rallied for a 98-93 win in Miami on April 4. These two franchises have never met
in the postseason before and each have one NBA championship on their resume. The
Heat topped the Mavs in six games back in 2006 while the Thunder won a title in
1979 as the Sonics, besting the Washington Bullets in five. Game 6 of the
series, if necessary, will take place on Sunday back in Oklahoma City. ’ ’ ’ 

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