Game 5 is Thursday in Chicago, when the Heat can wrap up their first finals trip since 2006.
“Even though it took an extra five minutes, we held serve,” James said.
Wade went scoreless for nearly 33 straight minutes, before making a jumper with 2:08 left in overtime to help Miami keep the lead. He had two blocked shots in overtime, and after James made a contested jumper with 29 seconds remaining for a six-point lead, Derrick Rose’s layup was swatted away on the next Chicago possession.
At long last, it was over.
“My teammates kept telling me that I would make the biggest play of the game,” Wade said. “They told me to stick with it, stick with it — and I did. The game is not won in the first minute, it’s won in the last so I stuck with it and was able to do some things to help us get a victory.”
Bosh scored the first four points of overtime, and the Heat — now 8-0 at home in the playoffs — never trailed in the extra session. James closed it with two free throws with 1.4 seconds left, his 12th and 13th of the night, all without a miss. Bosh was 10 for 11 from the line, and Miami outscored Chicago 32-17 in that department.
The Heat made their final 24 free throws.
The 2006 NBA finals MVP was in the arena late Monday night, trying to work on some things in one of his customary playoff after-dark sessions.
Sometimes it works. Sometimes it doesn’t. This seemed like it would be the latter.