When/Where: 9 p.m., AmericanAirlines Arena.
Tickets: Log on to HEAT.com and click the ticket banner or call 1-800-4NBA-TIX.
TV: ABC. Radio: WAXY (790-AM), WEFL (760-AM), WQBA (1140-AM, Spanish).
Scouting report: The 30 previous teams up 3-1 in the NBA Finals not only have gone on to win the series each time, but none in the current 2-3-2 format have even been forced to a Game 7 . . . The last time the Finals stood 3-1, the Lakers defeated the Magic in Game 5 in Orlando in 2009 to win the series . . . Eight teams, however, have overcome 3-1 deficits to win best-of-seven NBA playoff series in other rounds . . . The Heat are bidding to become only the third home team to win the middle three games since the 2-3-2 format was re-instituted in 1985, with the 2004 Detroit Pistons the only previous team to win the series on their homecourt by winning the middle three games . . . The Heat’s comeback from 17 down in Game 4 marked the largest playoff comeback in their 24 seasons and was the seventh time this postseason they have overcome a double-digit deficit to win . . . The Heat are 4-0 in the LeBron James-Dwyane Wade-Chris Bosh era in Game 5s when up 3-1 in series . . . But four times a team has won the final two games of the Finals on its homecourt after returning home down 3-2, which stands as the Thunder’s remaining incentive . . . With his 26 points, 12 assists and nine rebounds, Heat forward LeBron James, in Game 4, became the first player to reach such totals in the Finals since the Celtics’ Larry Bird in 1986 . . . James has now scored 671 points this postseason, breaking Wade’s franchise record of 654 points in the Heat’s 2006 championship run.
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Off the court: Anthem by Julia Dale. “Rally Towel” and “Cheering Fan” giveaways.
– Ira Winderman