Thunder Vs. Heat, 2012 NBA Finals Game 4: Miami Storms Back In 2nd Quarter To Cut Lead To 3

After trailing by as many as 17 points, the Miami Heat stormed back to close the Oklahoma City lead to just three at halftime of Game 4 of the NBA Finals. The Heat went on a 13-0 run at the start of the second quarter, sparked by back-to-back threes from Norris Cole. The rookie drained a three at the end of the first and then continued the comeback run to start the second. From there, it was a back-and-forth quarter but Miami could never get over the hump and take the lead. But after OKC's offensive explosion in the first quarter, Miami is happy to go into the locker room down 49-46.

Dwyane Wade and LeBron James lead the Heat with 10 points each. James has set up on the block, backing defenders down and drawing double teams. He's consistently dished off at the right time as the double team has rotated over, picking up eight assists in the first half, many of which keyed the comeback run. Six of the eight assists went for three-pointers.

Wade appeared to injure his back driving to the hoop in the middle of the second quarter during Game 4. He penetrated into the lane to attack the rim but was met in the air by Oklahoma City's Serge Ibaka. The All-Star guard fell to the floor grimacing, but appeared to be fine after a timeout.

Russell Westbrook continued to lead the Thunder in the second quarter, finishing with a game-high 18 points. Westbrook is hitting everything, both in transition and from mid-range. Kevin Durant has picked his spots to back up Westbrook with 12 points. But OKC has to be discouraged with only a three-point lead after shooting nearly 63 percent in the first quarter and squandering that double-digit lead.

Stick with this StoryStream for all your news throughout the 2012 NBA Finals. For more on the Heat, visit Peninsula Is Mightier. For the opponent's perspective throughout the series, visit Welcome To Loud City and SB Nation Kansas City. For all your Finals analysis, visitSB Nation's NBA hub.

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