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Thunder Vs. Heat, 2012 NBA Finals Game 5: Miami Takes Early 5-Point Lead

With three quarters to go until a potential NBA Championship, the Miami Heat lead the Oklahoma City Thunder 31-26. Miami came out firing in the first quarter of Game 5, hitting four of eight from behind the arc. Mike Miller came off the bench and quickly drilled two three-pointers. The Heat hit nine straight shots as the Thunder scrambled to get stops on the defensive end.

LeBron James led all Miami scorers with seven points. The highlight of the quarter, however, came on a run-out where Mario Chalmers lobbed an alley-oop to Dwyane Wade. The play really led to the first Miami spurt as they built a two-possession lead, which they held for much of the first quarter. Video of the incredible alley-oop finger-roll below:

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