Miami Heat 104 Oklahoma City Thunder 98
(Heat Lead Series 3-1)
Well history is on Miami’s side as they look to close out the series come game five. Teams that have been down 3-1 have an 0-30 record. That’s right, no team has come back from 3-1 in the NBA Finals. There have been 8 teams to come back in the playoffs, but the Finals are a different stage, and with the way Miami has put together these games, it’s going to be tough for the Thunder to go against history.
Russell Westbrook put together 43 points for the Thunder and they still up losing by 6 points in this one. Makes you think of the effort Rajon Rondo put together in game two of the Eastern Conference Finals and the Celtics lost that game to the Heat. That’s a scary sign for what Miami can do.
Lebron James watched the final of this game from the bench, but he made sure to put his stamp on the game with a killer 3 pointer with less than three minutes to play after experiencing leg cramps. Mario Chalmers stepped up in this one as well with his 25 points. Dwayne Wade had 25 points as well.
The Thunder even built up a 17 point lead and started out the game on fire as they ran to a 33-19 lead after the first quarter. But Miami ends up out scoring Oklahoma City each quarter after that. The Thunder after such a strong first quarter end up with 16 points in the second to let Miami crawl back into this one.
Now Lebron James has the next game to finally get that elusive NBA Finals championship and maybe start to get critics off his back. I don’t know if one Finals win will do that, but if he comes out and plays lights out, that would go a long way in getting some quiet. The Thunder just need to bottle up what worked so well in the first quarter of game four and use it throughout game five, then the next two games would be back at home for them. They can possibly be that one team to come back from 3-1, but it starts with a win in game win, and then it’s on from there.