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Chris Bosh was out with an injury. Dwyane Wade had just put in an abysmal performance in a Game 3 blowout against the Indiana Pacers. The Heat risked going down 3-1. And Miami faced an eight-point deficit at halftime of Game 4.
But Wade and LeBron James put together one of their best performances — with Wade scoring 30 points, and James finishing with 40 points, 18 rebounds and nine rebounds. Instead of a “your turn, my turn” offense that defined much of the 2010-11 season, the two found each other on the move several times. And Udonis Haslem made four clutch jumpers in the final six minutes to seal the deal.
4. Mike Miller hits 7 3-pointers in Finals clincher over Thunder
The Heat won three close games against the Oklahoma City Thunder to take control of the series, but the close-out was not. Miami used a dominant 36-22 third quarter to blow the doors open on a young Thunder team. LeBron James finished with a triple-double of 26 points, 11 rebounds and 13 assists and won his first Finals MVP. Mike Miller had his best game in a Heat uniform, going 7-for-8 from beyond the arc.
3. LeBron James comes back from cramps to defeat the Thunder in Game 4
Down 2-1 in the Finals, the Oklahoma City Thunder jumped out to a 33-16 lead. Miami responded, but had a scare when LeBron James fell down on a drive midway through the fourth quarter with the game knotted at 90.
James needed to be carried off the floor with cramps, but he checked back into the game after a brief rest. And with under three minutes left in a game tied at 94, he rose and made a 3-pointer over Thabo Sefolosha. And when James couldn’t finish the game, Mario Chalmers drove to the lane for an acrobatic layup to put Miami up five with 44.6 seconds left.
2. LeBron James scores 45 points, silences critics against Boston Celtics
We know LeBron James’ career moment was his block on Andre Igoudala in Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals. But I’d argue his greatest game was his 45-point, 15-rebound, 5-assist performance against the Boston Celtics in Game 6 of the 2012 Eastern Conference Finals.
Just a year removed from a disappointing Finals performance against the Dallas Mavericks, James faced another round of criticism after Boston took a 3-2 lead against the Heat. And in the TD Garden, he hit everything. He broke the Celtics. Yeah, I said it.
- Ray Allen hits the biggest shot in Heat history
The Miami Heat were down 94-89 with 28.2 seconds left in Game 6 of the 2013 NBA Finals. Fans began to stream out of the arena. NBA officials brought out yellow ropes in preparation for a Spurs championship. LeBron James made a 3. Kawhi Leonard split a pair a free throws.
On the other end of court, Chris Bosh picked up a huge offensive rebound off a James miss. He kicked it out to Ray Allen, who made the biggest shot in Heat history.