MIAMI -- The effort was there, but the ball didn’t bounce the right way for the Thunder in Game 3 of the NBA Finals.

In Game 4 tonight, the Thunder is going to bring the same level of passion, intensity and fight throughout the night and give itself a chance to win a big one on the road against the Miami Heat. The defensive work that the Thunder did on Sunday night was remarkable, holding the Heat to 37.8 percent shooting, but it wasn’t quite enough to retake the series lead.

MIAMI – James Harden didn’t hide his words.

“This is Game 7 for us,” he said. “We can’t go down 3-1. We can’t. We need to get a win (tonight) and tie it up, 2-2, and it’s the best of three with two games on our home court. We’ll take that.”

Game 4 of the NBA Finals tips off at 8 p.m. Central tonight, with considerably high stakes for both the Thunder and the Miami Heat.

MIAMI -- A normally potent offense has been slowed down a bit, but the Thunder used practice on Monday as an opportunity to get back on track.

Head Coach Scott Brooks’ team came into Game 3 of the NBA Finals in Miami averaging more than 102 points per game in the Playoffs, but was limited to 85 on Sunday night because of turnovers, missed free throws and some offensive execution that it would like to sharpen up.

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