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Jun 19, 2012; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat small forward LeBron James (6) reacts after an injury during the fourth quarter in game four in the 2012 NBA Finals against the Oklahoma City Thunder at the American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE

Miami Heat survive Game 4, beat Oklahoma City Thunder 104-98 to take 3-1 series lead

Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE

The Miami Heat beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 104-98 in Game 4 of the NBA Finals to take a 3-1 series lead.

LeBron James nearly had a triple-double with 26 points, 12 assists and nine rebounds but did miss much of the final minutes as he was sidelined with cramps.

Russell Westbrook was the best player on the floor tonight though. He scored 43 points on 20-for-32 shooting to go with five assists and seven rebounds.

Westbrook didn’t get enough help though even from Kevin Durant who continues to struggle on defense and rebounding. Durant had 28 points but just two rebounds and continues to have lapses on the defensive end boxing out or reaching when he shouldn’t.

James Harden still hasn’t found his rhythm and scored just eight points on 2-of-10 shooting. Harden just can’t get loose in this series and his jump shot hasn’t been helping him either.

The Thunder jumped out to a 33-16 lead in this game but then the Heat went on a 30-16 run to come back.

Mario Chalmers was instrumental in Miami winning this one scoring 25 points in the game.

The Heat made 10 threes in the game while the Thunder went 3-for-16 from three. The Thunder also only got to the line.

The Thunder are now down 3-1 in the series and since the Finals went to a 2-3-2 format, no team down 3-1 has ever even reached a Game 7.

Game 5 is no do or die for the Thunder. If they win, they get to go back home for Game 6 and to the best crowd in the NBA.

Game 5 will be Thursday night at 9 p.m. EST on ABC in Miami.

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