NBA Finals 2012: LeBron James Enters Game 5 With 'Game 7 Mentality'

Armed with a 3-1 series lead, the Miami Heat will have three chances to close out the Oklahoma City Thunder and win the 2012 NBA title. The first chance comes on Thursday, when the two teams square off in Miami for Game 5. If it were up to LeBron James, the Heat would end this thing sooner rather than later.

Speaking to reporters at Thursday's shootaround, James said that the Heat are approaching this game like they are the ones on the brink of elimination. Via ESPN's Tom Haberstroh:

"We're coming in with that Game 7 mentality," James said after Thursday's shootaround. "We understand that there's no tomorrow, we have that mindset right now. We're preparing for (Game 5) as if it's our last game."

James was limited by cramps during the fourth quarter of the Heat's 104-98 win in Game 4, but hit the go-ahead three-pointer. When asked about his status for Game 5, James said he "feels good." Coach Erik Spoelstra reaffirmed James' stance, saying James "won't miss the moment."

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