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NBA finals Game 4: Westbrook carries Thunder to 49-46 lead at half

Jun 19, 2012, 10:24 PM EDT

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Welcome to the Russell Westbrook show.

With the rest of the Thunder playing pretty pedestrian ball, Westbrook had 18 first half points on 9-of-15 shooting to lead the Thunder to an 49-46 lead at the half.

You get the feeling a real barnburner of a second half awaits.

As expected, the Thunder came out with a lot of energy and a sense of desperation. OKC opened the game on a 13-3 run, getting looks they wanted and knocking down jumpers. The Heat were shooting jumpers, too, which is never good for them.

Westbrook keyed this with 10 points on 5-of-7 shooting. The Thunder were up 33-19 after one.

But the Heat came back in the second quarter, winning it 27-16 behind some help from their role players — Mario Chalmers had 6 in the second quarter. LeBron James had 6, Dwyane Wade had 7 despite injuring his back on an awkward landing after a Serge Ibaka blocked shot. LeBron and Wade had 10 for the half. Durant has 12.

The second half is going to be another close one, like the last two games. But if it ends the same way the Thunder are in a lot of trouble.

  1. saintsfan83 - Jun 19, 2012 at 10:54 PM

    So many phantom fouls called i just turned the tv off and picked up a book and i’m a hornets fan

    • Mr. Wright 212 - Jun 20, 2012 at 12:40 AM

      It’s disgusting. I’m done with this series after tonight. I’ll be back for the Draft, otherwise, Yanks baseball until football starts.

      • 1972wasalongtimeago - Jun 20, 2012 at 1:13 AM

        promises promises

  2. isujames - Jun 19, 2012 at 11:01 PM

    yea on both sides for both teams.

    • Mr. Wright 212 - Jun 20, 2012 at 12:38 AM

      You can always count on some Mr. Magoo type to come on here and say this.

      • soflasfinest - Jun 20, 2012 at 12:47 AM

        Don’t worry. We all expet this from you

      • eddiecrash1976 - Jun 20, 2012 at 12:54 AM

        That’s what I’ve been thinking ever since you’ve starting posting on this site! Yeah go watch your version of the choker ” Alex Rodriguez”!

  3. dd2189 - Jun 19, 2012 at 11:06 PM

    The heat should share the trophy with the refs. This game is pathetic.

  4. jagwar73 - Jun 19, 2012 at 11:42 PM

    Refs in 5!

  5. isujames - Jun 19, 2012 at 11:44 PM

    You know what it is, Heeeeeeeeeeaaaaat Allllllllll Daaay!!

  6. cowboys8819 - Jun 19, 2012 at 11:47 PM

    Too small! Lol

  7. koloofai - Jun 20, 2012 at 12:34 AM

    Crowning ceremony coming up for King James

  8. Mr. Wright 212 - Jun 20, 2012 at 12:39 AM

    Worst instance of refs cheating I’ve probably ever seen in 30 years watching professional sports.

    • rodgersmvp - Jun 20, 2012 at 12:40 AM

      When you complain about refs after EVERY SINGLE GAME the heat play, people tend to stop listening.

    • eddiecrash1976 - Jun 20, 2012 at 1:01 AM

      LMAO! I actually have pitty for you, you sound like a miserable person.

  9. chargerdillon - Jun 20, 2012 at 12:56 AM

    Westbrook played a great game until he completely gave it away in the end. He did more than he needed to in the beginning to the benefit of OKC and the complete opposite in the 4th quarter.

    Durant needs to take a page from Kobe and put Westbrook in his place. You have the absolute best scorer in the game today, YOU FEED HIM AGAIN AND AGAIN AND AGAIN

    that being said, I predicted the Heat to win it all the last 2 years in a row, not surprised they are where they are

  10. reddolfan66 - Jun 20, 2012 at 1:06 AM

    One more win, Go Heat!!!!!!!

  11. eddiecrash1976 - Jun 20, 2012 at 1:07 AM

    OKC’s inexperience showed in the end. And someone tell Ibaka to lay off the redbull. I love the way he plays defense but sometimes his emotions get the best of him and Westbrook too, dude is flat out a baller but damn, settle down and understand the situation. First he dribbles the ball off his foot at the worst possible time, second the foul in the end was just inexusable, plain and simple. I’ts almost like Chris Webber calling for a timeout during the National Championship.

    • duane888 - Jun 20, 2012 at 1:33 AM

      “OKC’s inexperience showed in the end”.

      Bingo!! They’re looking like how Miami played last year against Dallas.

  12. duane888 - Jun 20, 2012 at 1:53 AM

    I still don’t understand how OKC was the favorite. Just bcuz they beat San Antonio did not convince me of anything.

    Yeah they threw some good punches and built a 17 point lead, but also got countered with a straight right to the chin. Big lead gone in only 3 minutes. Sorry, but OKC just looks overmatched.

    Next year OKC.

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