Final: Heat 91-85: The Thunder wasted a 10-point lead in the third quarter and couldn’t quite catch the Heat in the fourth as LeBron James scored 29 points with 14 rebounds and the Thunder didn’t score in the final 1:30. Kevin Durant scored 25 points but just 4 in the fourth quarter while Russell Westbrook added 19 but missed a potential tying 3-pointer badly in the final minute.
End of third quarter, Heat 69-67: The Thunder led by 10 at the 4:33 mark after a Derek Fisher 4-point play but that would be their last field goal of the quarter as OKC froze on offense and played silly on defense, fouling two Miami 3-point shooters for 6 free throws. James Harden needed to take over with Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook on the bench and couldn’t. He is 1-for-9 shooting.
Halftime, Heat 48-47: The two teams spent the quarter exchanging blows with LeBron James finishing the half with 16 points on 7-for-13 shooting and Kevin Durant scored 13 for OKC. Russell Westbrook canned a 3-pointer at the 2.3 mark to bring the Thunder closer. Shane Battier hit two late second-quarter 3-pointers and has 6.
End of first quarter, Heat 26-20: Miami has made a special emphasis to take the ball into the paint and so far it’s been effective. LeBron James and Chris Bosh have combined for 16 points as the Heat are scoring at will inside. The Thunder avoided the slow start that have plagued the first two games but appear a step slow or frazzled by the environment.
First quarter, 3:05, Heat 16-14: The Heat are pounding the paint and have 6 points apiece from LeBron James and Chris Bosh. Russell Westbrook has already taken five of the Oklahoma City 15 shots and hit two. He and Kendrick Perkins lead OKC with 4 points apiece.