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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

BASKETBALL : Miami Heat takes 3-1 lead in NBA Finals

The Miami Heat beat visiting Oklahoma City 104-98 to take a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven NBA Finals.

Oklahoma dominated the first quarter, opening up a 33-19 lead, but Miami got back into the game in the second quarter to go into the half-time break only three points in arrears at 49-46.

Leading 92-90 in the fourth quarter, Miami had a scare when key man LeBron James limped off with cramp and the Thunder regained the lead for the first time in over 18 minutes at 94-92, but James' return then heralded a 7-0 run for his side.

Westbrook cut the gap to three but an underarm lay-up by Chalmers took his side into a two-possession lead with 44.6 seconds remaining.

History says the Thunder are now in deep, deep trouble.

No team in NBA history has rallied from a 3-1 deficit in the finals. No team has even forced a Game 7 when faced with that scenario. Game 5 is Thursday in Miami

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