James, Wade lead Heat to 2-1 series lead over ThunderDate Posted: 18 June 2012 1 Comments
With the series tied at a game apiece, it was inevitable that one team would get the upper hand. The Oklahoma City Thunder were once again hampered by missed free throws, foul trouble and crucial turnovers as Lebron James showed his dominance with 29 points and 14 rebounds, giving the Miami Heat a 2-1 lead in the NBA Finals.
It was a close battle from the opening tip to the final moments of the game. In the first half, the Heat managed a few runs and led most of the first two quarters thanks to the aggressiveness of James. But the Thunder kept within distance as Miami only took a one-point lead at halftime, 47-46.
Kevin Durant scored 25 points for the Thunder, but picked up his fourth foul in the third quarter forcing him to sit on the bench just when it looked like OKC had gained control of the game. Durant’s foul troubles gave Miami an opportunity to claw back with six straight free throws, snatching a slim lead late in the third. The Thunder, meanwhile, was horrendous from the foul line, making only 15-of-24.
The Heat went up seven on a Lebron layup with 2:18 left in the game, but the Thunder made three consecutive baskets to pull within one. Russell Westbrook, who was criticized by Magic Johnson after Game 2 due to his unreliable play, scored 19 points but missed a potential game-tying three with 29 seconds left.
OKC had a final chance to cut the deficit but turned the ball over with an errant inbounds pass from Thabo Sefolosha. Wade was fouled immediately after the steal and iced the game with two free throws that cemented the final score, 91-85.
Game 4 of the NBA Finals will be aired Wednesday on BTV and NBA Premium at 9am.
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