Miami Heat Take 3-1 Lead in NBA Finals: Fan Reaction

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The Miami Heat are now 48 minutes away from their first NBA title in the LeBron James-Chris Bosh era, thanks to their 104-98 victory against the Oklahoma City Thunder on June 19.

The Heat started poorly on Tuesday, trailing by as much as 17 points in the first half of the game. Fortunately for Miami fans, they turned things around in the second half, cutting Oklahoma's lead down to three points by halftime. Both teams went back and forth in the second half, but the Heat proved to be the better team, taking control of the game during the final minutes.

LeBron did a good job of managing Miami's offense in Game 4, playing the role of ball handler. He kept their supporting cast involved throughout the contest, finishing with 26 points, 12 assists, and 9 rebounds. Dwyane Wade and Mario Chalmers also played well on Tuesday, finishing with 25 points apiece.

Even though Miami's "big three" played well in Game 4, their role players deserve a lot of credit for their performance against the Thunder. Norris Cole carried the Heat out of their first quarter slump with his three-point shooting, converting on two of his three attempts from beyond the arc.

Shane Battier finished with only four points against the Thunder, but the numbers don't do him any justice. Battier made some big plays down the stretch, including a tip to Chalmers in the final minute of the game that sealed Miami's victory.

With a 3-1 lead in the NBA Finals, things couldn't be going any better for the Heat right now. The odds are certainly on their side, as no team has ever comeback from a 3-1 deficit in the Finals.

LeBron will have the opportunity to win his first NBA championship when the two teams meet again on June 21, and I'm sure he'll be up to the task. He's clearly the best player in the NBA right now, with the potential to become the greatest ever if he keeps it up.

David is a Miami Heat fan that has followed the team for 16 years. Follow him on twitter @davidkingwriter and check out his blog.

Sources:

Associated Press, "Heat overcome Russell Westbrook's 43 points, take 3-1 Finals lead"

Player and game information from ESPN.com

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