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Heat Vs. Thunder, NBA Finals 2012 Game 4: Miami Takes Commanding 3-1 Series Lead

The Miami Heat are now one win away from winning the NBA Title after putting the Thunder on the brink of elimination with their third straight Finals win. The Heat closed out a thrilling 104-98 win on Tuesday night in Game 4. LeBron James was fantastic for the Heat, and Mario Chalmers played a huge role down the stretch to seal the win. James was plagued by cramps over the final six minutes, subbing in and out of the game. After taking a break to try and work out the cramps, the MVP came off the bench to hit a huge three that broke a 94-94 tie. Video of the three below:

Before the cramping set in, James was simply incredible, nearly notching a triple-double by the end of the third quarter. He finished with 26 rebounds, 12 assists, and nine rebounds. His work in the post got everyone else going, spreading the ball around to three-point shooters out of a double team in the post.

One of the those shooters, Mario Chalmers, may well have been the X-factor in the win. Chalmers finished with 25 points, including a huge layup off the glass to push the Heat lead to five. Chalmers ended up scoring Miami's final five points.

The Heat will now look to close out the Thunder on Thursday night at AmericanAirlines Arena.

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.

Photographs by cstreet.us, thelastminute, turtlemom nancy , fesek, kthypryn, justinwright, sue_elias, pointnshoot, and scrapstothefuture used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.