This game was all about the Big 3. Miami Heat’s Big 3 matched the entire Oklahoma City team (81 pts). It started early in the first when Miami dominated the game. They were able to penetrate the paint, which was a key to victory I noted earlier, and get efficient buckets. LeBron James quickly overshadowed Russell Westbrook’s return by scoring 10 points in about three minutes. The Heat hit 13 of their first 14 shots en route to a 34-17 first quarter lead, a quarter in which Kevin Durant only registered two points.
After shooting over 75% in the first quarter, the Heat cooled down a bit and allowed OKC to get back into the game. Oklahoma City outscored Miami 30-20 in the second quarter. After halftime, it was all Miami, who outscored the Thunder 49-34.
To nobody’s surprise, LeBron James scored 33 points and grabbed seven rebounds prior to leaving the game late in the fourth with a nose injury.
Chris Bosh scored 24 points on nine shots, essentially taking out a lease on the free throw line. Miami’s wildcard -Dwyane Wade- went wild, also contributing 24 points, looking more like his old self as the season progresses.
Kevin Durant had little help other than the returning Westbrook and Serge Ibaka, as nobody else was able to crack the double figure mark. Durant struggled from three, hitting only one of his six attempts.
As my preview article stated, KD had kicked LeBron’s door down and was daring him to respond. Well, LeBron more than responded, and he brought friends. The two teams are back on even ground as they split the season series. Let’s see if they meet up again this Spring and rekindle the rivalry that’s been brewing.
As for this season’s MVP, it’s either man’s game at this point. It’s a war with many battles, and prior to last night, KD had won more of the battles. After last night, it’s advantage LeBron.
This ship is moving full speed and no matter who wins, the fans win.