End of the third quarter, Thunder 74-73: A conventional Russell Westbrook three-point play with 16.4 seconds left gave the Thunder their first lead of the game after spending the past three quarters chasing the Heat. Russell Westbrook has been the reason, scoring 12 of his 21 points in the quarter as the Miami defense smothers Kevin Durant, who has 19 but 8 since the first quarter. LeBron James has 23 on 9-for-18 shooting while Dwyane Wade has struggled again, scoring 12 points on 4-for-14 shooting.
Halftime, Heat 54-47: The Thunder tried valiantly to make runs at the Heat, but Miami stayed steady and kept their lead with LeBron James scoring 10 points in the quarter while Chris Bosh added 7 in the half. The Thunder have played like it’s their first NBA Finals, missing easy shots and making silly turnovers, but they shot 55.6 percent in the first half because they attacked the rim, unlike the Celtics in the previous series. Kevin Durant has 13 points for OKC and Serge Ibaka added 10.
End of first quarter, Heat 29-22: Miami has canned five 3-pointers so far and has a combined 17 points from Shane Battier and Mario Chalmers. LeBron James and Dwyane Wade have just 8. The Thunder pressed badly in the early going, especially Russell Westrbook, who is 1-for-5 shooting for 3 points. Kevin Durant finished with 11 in the first period.