Jun 19 2012; Miami, FL, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook (0) and Miami Heat small forward Shane Battier (31) bate for a loose ball during the second quarter of game four in the 2012 NBA Finals at the American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE
Thanks, lil' guy
Chris Bosh and the Heat can thank Mario Chalmers for Tuesday's 104-98 Game 4 win over the Thunder, which moves Miami within a win of the championship. Chalmers, often a target for his inconsistent play, had 25 points in Game 4.
Human after all
LeBron James has a near triple-double with 26 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists, but is forced to the sideline at the end after cramping up. Still, a hobbled James hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with 2:51 left in the fourth.
With three straight wins, the Heat are in position to clinch the title on their home court with a win in Game 5 on Thursday.
Mario Chalmers came up big for the Heat, with this gutsy drive to the hoop against Nick Collison as well as some big 3s. He finished with 25 points to put the Heat on the verge of a title.
Fight for it
Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook battles Heat small forward Shane Battier for a loose ball. Westbrook, heavily criticized after Game 3, had 43 points, seven rebounds and five assists in Game 4. But he committed a costly foul in the final seconds that let the Heat clinch the game at the line.
Russell Westbrook misses this dunk in the second quarter, but he scored 18 points in the first half to get the Thunder off to a strong start.
Dwyane Wade writhes in pain after his dunk attempt was blocked in the second quarter. He did not miss any time with the injury and finished with 25 points.
Get fired up!
Chris Bosh tries to pump up the crowd after diving for a loose ball. Bosh had 13 points and nine rebounds.
Dwyane Wade and the Heat do a good job keeping Kendrick Perkins (5), James Harden and the other Thunder role players from getting going. Harden had just eight points.
LeBron James shoots under heavy pressure from Thunder center Kendrick Perkins in the first quarter. James had 10 points, eight assists and six rebounds in the first half.
Up for grabs
Heat power forward Chris Bosh and Thunder center Kendrick Perkins battle for a rebound in the first half. Oklahoma City surged to a 17-point lead in the first quarter before Miami erased that deficit in the first four minutes of the second quarter.
LeBron James and Dwyane Wade joke around as they are introduced before Game 4.
Some fans haven't forgotten that the Seattle SuperSonics were bought and moved to Oklahoma City in 2008. These fans in Miami reflect much of the sentiment in Seattle.
These Thunder fans came to Game 4 in Miami dressed like OKC point guard Russell Westbrook, perhaps the foremost practitioner of the NBA nerd fashion craze.