Heat takes 3-1 lead, Lebron closer to title
- Published on Wednesday, 20 June 2012 10:07
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Miami, USA (ESPN): The pain was so great, LeBron James said, that his body practically shut down on him. He could hardly stand, certainly couldn't run. Good thing all he needed to do was shoot. A limping, grimacing James shook off the pain of left leg cramps to hit a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 2:51 remaining and the Miami Heat held off the Oklahoma City Thunder for a 104-98 victory Tuesday night and a 3-1 lead in the NBA Finals that no team has ever blown.
"He was hurting," teammate Dwyane Wade said. "But that's what it's about this time of the year. It would hurt more if we lose the ballgame, so it feels a little better if you can win it." Imagine how good it will feel if the Heat get one more victory.
Better get well fast, LeBron. You're one win from the biggest party of your life. Game 5 is Thursday night and James will have a chance to finish a nine-year chase that started in Cleveland before he famously -- or infamously -- left for South Florida before last season. "Of course it's there to think about," said James, making it clear he plans to play. "I'll be ready for Game 5."
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