The role players for the Miami Heat have been pretty spectacular in this year's NBA Finals, but it hadn't been the guys who were expected to become X-Factors against the Oklahoma City Thunder. That all changed on Tuesday night, though, when Mario Chalmers decided to be super as the Heat took a 3-1 series lead.
Chalmers contributed a total of five points in Games 2 and 3, but was simply super in Game 4. Miami's starting point guard was eventually able to heat up to the tune of 25 points while limiting his turnovers and attacking the basket to keep him from being a simple three-point threat.
It wasn't the most outstanding game anyone has ever watched Chalmers play, considering he made just three of his nine three-point attempts, but his ability to attack the basket and get a clutch bucket off a lay-up late in the game was instrumental in helping the Heat get the win.
One has to wonder, by the way, if Chalmers was a bit more motivated after backup guard Norris Cole hit a couple of big three-pointers while he was in the game? Either way, whatever it was that woke him up worked.
And the Heat will likely need a similar effort again in Game 5 to close out the series.
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