MIAMI -- LeBron James hasn't been this close to a championship since his Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary team beat Kettering Alter on March 22, 2003 for the Ohio Division II title.
The Miami Heat haven't been this near a title since exactly six years ago Wednesday, when they defeated Dallas in Game 6 of the NBA Finals to wrap up the 2006 crown.
Put them both together, and Thursday's Game 5 of the NBA Finals has the makings of being a very special evening in South Florida.
Such a night wouldn't have been possible had the Heat not beaten Oklahoma City 104-98 Tuesday night at AmericanAirlines Arena by fighting back from a 17-point first-half deficit and by playing two of the final five minutes without James, stricken down by cramps in his left quad. But was there any doubt Miami would claw back and win to take a 3-1 Finals lead?
Throughout these playoffs, the Heat have battled through adversity. It only seemed appropriate they had to do it again.
"Right now, we feel that any game we pl...