Quantcast 2012 NBA Finals: Thunder vs Heat - Game 2


Heat play cohesively, even series



LeBron James was not going to let the Thunder take a 2-0 NBA Finals series lead and make his chances of getting a ring become a deeper fantasy.  Despite the Thunder coming back from almost 20 points, James sunk two free throws finishing 12 for 12 and completed a 100-96 win over Oklahoma City last night.  James finished with 32 points and eight rebounds.

After being down 18-2 in the first quarter, the Thunder struck with energy cutting the Heat lead down to as much as two late in the game.  After a Thunder basket and Miami Heat timeout, Oklahoma City was able to trap past half court and steal a pass in which Kevin Durant took a Russell Westbrook dumped a pass to his right past the outreached hand of Chris Bosh.  Durant put up a three-pointer and cut the deficit to 98-96.

The Heat went down the court and missed a shot leading to a Thunder timeout, but they could not tie or take the lead after Durant posted for a turnaround fade away, leading to a James rebound and Thunder foul.

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"On a big stage and in a big game like this, every point counts, every point matters," James said.

This was the best game Miami had played as a team in quite some time.  Not only did James finish in double figures, but Dwyane Wade had 24 points, while Chris Bosh added 16 points and 15 rebounds.  Bosh's injury seemed to be behind him.

The Thunder's one-two combo in Durant and Westbrook suffered early in the game.  Each were having a poor shooting night, Durant two for 10 and Westbrook three for nine at one point.  Westbrook finished with 27 points, but was 10 for 26 from the field.  Durant was also in foul trouble, finishing with five.

Durant said the first quarter was the most decisive in how the game turned out.

"We can't start down 18-2," Durant said.  "We can't go down that much.  We need to correct it."

Shane Battier finished the game with 17 points, going five of seven from beyond the arc providing some extra help to Miami's big three.

Game three of the NBA Finals is scheduled for an 8 p.m. eastern tipoff on Sunday night in Miami.




By: Tyler Scott
Pro Basketball Fans Staff Writer

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