Mario Chalmers Comes Up Big For Miami; Heat One Win From Championship (VIDEO)

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bill-swift - June 21, 2012

It's been an exciting NBA Finals so far. It's almost a shame that it's just a game from being over now.

The Oklahoma City Thunder needed a big win in South Beach Tuesday night, and for a while it appeared as if they might get it. With the defense of the Miami Heat shutting down everyone but Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook late in the game, Miami was able to climb out of an early hole to win 104-98.

For a change the Thunder got off to a fast start as they played their way to a 33-19 advantage after the first period. As hot as they were in the first, they were just as cold in the second. By time the half ended the gap had been cut down to three, 49-46.

It was in the second half that the defense for the Heat really took over. After Serge Ibaka made his second basket of the night with less than five minutes to go in the third, Miami effectively shut out all the role players of the Thunder.

If you were only going to have two guys scoring you could do a lot worse than Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant. The duo did turn in a heck of a night with 43 and 28 points respectfully. Two men does not a championship team make.

LeBron James had 26; Dwyane Wade and Mario Chalmers each turned in 25; and Chris Bosh scored 13. With a 3-1 series advantage the Heat can wrap up the NBA Finals in Game Five Thursday night at 9 PM ET.

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