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LeBron James says game five is a "must win" for both teams on Thursday

posted 20 Jun 2012, 16:04 by Mpelembe Admin   [ updated 20 Jun 2012, 16:05 ]

LeBron James says he is ready to play game five after being afflicted with cramps on Tuesday night.

MIAMI, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES (JUNE 20, 2012)(NBA ENTERTAINMENT) - The Miami Heat and Oklahoma City Thunder went about their business as usual on Wednesday(June 20) watching film and holding practice, but the atmosphere was charged with the knowledge that the NBA title was on the line in Thursday's game. LeBron James warned about looking too far ahead as his team takes a 3-1 lead into the game with a chance for his first title.

"You know human nature is to automatically say when we win it this is what we're going to do. I'm not there. I won't get there until those zeros hit and I see that we won. I'm the leader of this team and I'm not comfortable right now," James said.

Miami leads the best-of-seven series for the National Basketball Association championship 3-1 and can clinch the title on their home court in Game Five. No team has overcome such a deficit to win the NBA crown but the Thunder know they can go on a run of their own, having won four in a row from San Antonio in the Western Conference finals after ending the Spurs' 20-game winning streak.

"We've got to come out here and try to get this game five tomorrow so we'll see what happens. We're not going to give up. We're going to keep fighting until the end. Hopefully we can take this back to the crib," Thunder star Kevin Durant told reporters.

LeBron James, poised to silence critics who in the past have questioned his performance in pressure-packed finishes, has been

dominant and vowed to continue his inspiring form despite being forced from the court by leg cramps at the end of Game Four.

"This is a game seven for us. You know its a must win for them but its a must win for us too. You know as the leader of the team I will approach it that way and hopefully I won't be dealing with cramps tomorrow night, " Janes said

Last year, James and his Big Three cohorts Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh fell short of the title they had promised Miami fans after joining forces as free agents in the summer of 2010 by falling to the Dallas Mavericks in a six-game NBA Finals. Since then, James has emerged as the undisputed leader of the Heat in his second year with the team and has thrived in all facets of the game in this series, averaging 29.3 points, 10 rebounds and six assists.

Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant, a three-time NBA scoring champion at the tender age of 23, has gone quiet in the fourth quarter of the last two close finishes registering just four points in crunch time in both the Game Three and Four contests.

"I'm going to keep being me. If I see a shot I'm going to take it and I'm going to keep trying to go at these guys but I have faith in my teammates no matter what. I don't think it's ever too late so. We've got a good chance to try and get one tomorrow. It's going to be tough as always but we're looking forward to that challenge," Durant said.