MIAMI It has taken nine years and been a labyrinthine journey, but it looks as if through the missteps, the soul searching and the blitzkrieg of criticism, LeBron James has evolved into someone who is at ease when everything is heaped on his broad shoulders.
That much appeared clear Tuesday night when James, fighting off leg cramps, sank a tie-breaking 3-pointer with 2:51 left to send Miami on its way to a 104-98 victory over Oklahoma City, giving the Heat a 3-1 series lead and leaving James one victory shy of his long-sought championship.
And yet it is not without some irony that James' partner in carrying Miami was Mario Chalmers. While an enormous investment has been required from James to cultivate a certain comfort in these circumstances, Chalmers has never squirmed when the game is in his hands.
One seems to have acquired his late-game gravitas by nature, the other by nurture.
Chalmers, who helped Kansas to a national title with one of the great clutch shots in NCAA tourn...