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Final: Heat 104, Thunder 98

Posted by Gary Washburn Globe Staff  June 19, 2012 09:14 PM

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Final: Heat 79-75: Maybe the Celtics are the second-best team in the league after all because they certainly gave the Heat a more difficult time in their series. OKC again melts down the stretch and LeBron James leaves the game with leg cramps but Mario Chalmers makes big plays down the stretch for the victorious Heat. Russell Westbrook finished with a series-best 43 points, including 17 in the fourth, but it wasn't good enough.

End of third quarter, Heat 79-75: LeBron James put his scoring hat on and Mario Chalmers added 7 points in the period as the Heat were on the verge of taking control. Russell Westbrook has 26 points for the Thunder and Kevin Durant has 22. James and Dwyane Wade each have 20.

Halftime, Thunder 49-46: The Heat went on a 13-0 run to begin the second period and were back to their normal selves after OKC dominated the first quarter. Miami shot 55 percent and received a combined 13 points from LeBron James and Dwyane Wade. OKC shot 30 percent and were saved by Russell Westbrook, who scored 8 of its 16 points.

End of first quarter, Thunder 33-19: The Thunder respond from the Game 3 defeat with their best quarter of the series, shooting 63 percent and getting a combined 18 points from Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant and a surprising 6 points from Nick Collison.

First quarter, 2:59, Thunder 25-12: Oklahoma City has come out hot, especially Russell Westbrook, who already has 10 points as the Thunder are playing with extreme confidence. OKC has hit 11 of its first 18 shots and Kevin Durant has added 6 points. Miami is 5 of 17 and looks overwhelmed by OKC's athleticism.

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