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James‘ first is just two wins away, again. And yes, the memories of what went wrong in 2011 still drive Miami now.

“Experience don’t guarantee you anything,” Wade said. “It just lets you know I’ve been here before. That doesn’t mean it’s going to be successful for you. So for us we’ve got to continue … to make the game that we’re in, the moment that we’re in the biggest moment and the biggest game and not look back and not look forward too much. Obviously the team that was here that lost the championship last year, that burning sensation is going to be inside of us until we change that.”

A year ago, the talk was how James shied away from the biggest moments, the brightest moments.

It’s not happening now. Miami overcame a 10-point deficit in the third quarter of Game 3, becoming the first team in these playoffs to dig out of that large a second-half hole against the Thunder. James had eight points and four rebounds in the fourth quarter _ no Thunder player had more than four points or two rebounds in those last 12 minutes.

Not pretty, but more than good enough to put the Heat back in the spot where last year’s finals went awry.

“I don’t give a damn how we get four,” James said. “We can win 32-31. It doesn’t matter to me. We can win any type of game. We can win a gritty game, a high-paced game, but we take every game as its own. … And at the end of the day, if we play to our identity like Spo always preaches to us, then we’ll give ourselves a good chance to win. Yeah, I don’t care how we get four.”


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