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    Super Mario delivers as fiery Heat move within a win of NBA title

    Jun 20, 2012

    Mario Chalmers was the Miami's big third man as the Heat came up with 104-98 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder to take a 3-1 NBA Finals series lead and move within a win of the title on Wednesday, Manila time.

    LeBron James scored 26 points and Mario Chalmers matched Dwyane Wade with 25 for the Heat, who can finish off the best-of-seven series at the American Airlines Arena in Game Five. Chris Bosh added 13 for the Heat.

    Russell Westbrook led the Thunder with 43 points and Kevin Durant added 28 but no other Oklahoma City player scored in double figures, with James Harden coming up with only eight on two-for-10 shooting.

    James hurt his left leg on a drive with over five minutes remaining in the pivotal fourth but came back to hit a huge triple with 2:51 left to break a tie and make it 97-94.

    With only Durant and Westbrook carrying the scoring load -- no other Thunder hit a basket in the last 16 minutes of the game, while Harden, Fisher and Thabo Sefolosha made just one attempt each in the fourth -- Oklahoma simply couldn't overcome the James-Wade-Chalmers attack.

    It was a near triple-double performance for James, who also had 12 assists and nine rebounds.

    The Thunder started hot and grabbed a 33-19 first-quarter advantage and looked firmly in control.

    But Oklahoma went silent in the opening minutes of the second, Harden and Durant missing back-to-back triples as Miami chopped the lead to a hairline 32-33 by the 8:30 mark on a Chalmers driving layup and free throw.

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