(MIAMI) — The Miami Heat are one win away from their first championship in the big three era after they defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder, 104-98 on Tuesday night.
Mario Chalmers scored 25 for the Heat while LeBron James battled cramps on the sidelines late in the fourth quarter. James did return to hit a big three-pointer and limped back on defense.
“I didn’t want to come out,” said James who scored 26. “I’m happy, I’m blessed I was able to make a play. Make a big shot in a big game and my team was able to close it from there.”
Dwyane Wade added 25 in the win for Miami and was happy to see James come back to hit the tiebreaking three-pointer with 2:51 left.
“He was hurting,” Wade said. “But that’s what it’s about this time of the year. It would hurt more if we lose the ballgame, so it feels a little better if you can win it.”
Russell Westbrook scored 43 in the loss for Oklahoma City and Kevin Durant had 28.
“We’re going to keep fighting,” said Durant. “Frustrating to lose like that. We’re going to keep fighting, that’s how we’ve been since I got here.”
Miami will look to close out the Thunder on Thursday night in South Beach.
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