June 19, 2012 – Miami, FL
Russell Westbrook’s game-high 43 points almost clinched Game 4 of the NBA Finals for the Oklahoma City Thunder. But the Miami Heat’s Mario Chalmers stepped up to negate that with 25 points. That, combined with Lebron James’s 26 points, nine rebounds and 12 assists and Dwyane Wade’s 25 points and 5 rebounds paced the Heat to a 104-98 victory.
Oklahoma City Thunder’s Kevin Durant added 28 pints, nine rebounds and 12 assists, but James Harden didn’t show up with much, scoring only eight points but contributing 10 rebounds.
The Thunder had a brilliant first quarter, 33-19, leading by 3 points at the half but then the Heat had their own 33-point quarter in the third. They went on to win it despite a leg injury that forced James off the court with 5:15 left in the fourth quarter.
He had to be carried off the court by teammates. He returned with 4:05 left to score a go-ahead three-pointer to make it 97-94, but then took himself back out with 55 seconds remaining.
Russell Westbrook became the first player in the NBA finals to score at least 43 points with three or less free-throws. Lebron James is one victory away from his first ever NBA Championship.
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