Heat Vs. Thunder, 2012 NBA Finals Game 4: Miami Imposes Their Will, Takes 79-75 Lead After 3 Quarters

The Oklahoma City Thunder entered the third quarter of Game 4 of the 2012 NBA Finals leading the Miami Heat 49-46 after surviving a Heat rally in the second quarter. In the third quarter, the Heat were able to take their first lead of the game, which was quickly squashed by a Kevin Durant three-point shot.

Oklahoma City struggled early with some fouls and failed to match up in transition as the Heat continued to get their shots, eventually taking a four-point lead. Durant once again began to pick up silly fouls trying to chase his man off the screen.

The Heat began to impose their will and outmuscle the Thunder, but guys like Russell Westbrook, James Harden, and Durant finally began to pick up some shots late in the quarter to make sure the game didn't get out of hand. As the quarter wound down, however, Miami's size once again started to come into play, as the Thunder kept picking up fouls. LeBron James began to dominate in the post and finished up the quarter leading the Heat in scoring with 20 points, scoring the final eight points for the Heat as Miami took a 79-75 lead into the fourth.

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