Former Kansas star point guard Mario Chalmers scored 25 points in Miami’s huge game four win over Oklahoma City on Tuesday night. The Heat can now finish off the series on Thursday night again in Miami.
Thunder guard Russell Westbrook scored 43 points, yet made a couple of costly errors down the stretch, aiding the Heat’s cause. An intentional foul after the Heat regained possession on a jump ball late in the game, hurt the Thunder. Westbrook instead of realizing the Heat only had five seconds left on the shot clock, fouled Chalmers, who easily knocked down the free throws.
Lebron James, nearly posted a triple-double despite having issues staying in the game in the waning moments with leg cramps.James scored 26 points, added 12 assists and nine rebounds in the game. Dwayne Wade added 25 points for Miami.
Kevin Durant scored a quiet 28 points, as the Thunder again missed NBA sixth-man award winner James Harden. The former Arizona State guard, scored just eight points on 2-10 shooting.
Oklahoma City had a great start, their best of the series in jumping to a 13-3 lead, and a 33-16 lead later. Miami, came back in a hurry, trimming it to one point thanks to 16 unanswered points. After this, the game was close the rest of the way. If Oklahoma City can come back and avoid a loss on Thursday, then anything is possible as the series shifts back to their house. This is a big if, as Miami seems the team to beat.