Big Three Combine for 72 points as Miami Survives Late Thunder Rally to tie up Finals 1-1 in OKC
By: Pedro Heizer
LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat came into game two of the NBA Finals looking to tie up the series and bring it back to Miami with the home-court advantage, they did just that.
Miami, who got huge contributions from Chris Bosh, Shane Battier, and Dwyane Wade, stole a game in an arena which the Thunder were unbeatable in the playoffs (9-0 before tonight’s loss).
LeBron scored 32 points, Wade rebounded from a poor opener with 24 points, six rebounds and five assists as the Heat built a huge early lead before holding off a furious fourth-quarter rally to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 100-96 on Thursday night to tie the series at one game apiece.
Battier had 17 points (5-7 from three point range), while Bosh had 16 points and 15 rebounds in his return to the starting lineup for the Heat, who snapped a four-game finals losing streak with their first victory since Game 3 against Dallas last year.
For the Thunder, Kevin Durant had 32 points, Russell Westbrook dropped 27 with eight rebounds and seven assists, and James Harden added 21 from the bench for an Oklahoma City squad that did not have the lead during the entire game.
Miami came out of the gates swing and build a 17-point lead at one point while holding the Thunder to their worst first half of the playoffs.
Game MVP: LeBron James
12 of LeBron’s 32 points came from the free throw line where James was a perfect 12-12 from. Not only did LeBron score 32 points, but he had eight rebounds, and five assists. LeBron continues to drive to the basket and when he does he is an unstoppable force, If he continues on this track not only will he win his first championship ring but he will also win the Finals MVP.
Tough Night: Mario Chalmers
Chalmers who was playing some fantastic basketball this postseason only had three points, one assist and four rebounds. Mario was having such a good playoff run and hopefully he comes back from this off game to be the 4th scoring option Miami needs.
Lights Out: Shane Battier
After a 17-point performance in Game One of the Finals, Battier comes back and drops another 17 points (5-7 from three point range). Battier has become what the Heat expected Mike Miller to turn into when he was signed last season, a shooter that hits the open shots that are given to him with the defense so focused on James, Wade, and Bosh.
Stat of the Night: 12, 30
LeBron James was a perfect 12-12 from the free throw line. Also, LeBron had his fifth straight 30-point playoff game, breaking Wade’s franchise playoff record