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On 06/18/2012 11:10 AM in NBA


Lebron James scored 29 points and Dwayne Wade added 25 as the Miami Heat topped the Oklahoma City Thunder 91-85 last night at the American Airlines Arena to take a 2-1 series lead in the NBA Finals. James shot 11/23 (48%) from the field overall and drained 6/8 (75%) from the free throw line along with collecting a team high 14 rebounds despite committing 4 turnovers. Wade made only 8/22 (36%) from the floor but converted 9/11 (82%) from the charity stripe. Despite committing 5 of his team's 13 turnovers, he also grabbed 7 rebounds and dished out a team high 7 assists. Chris Bosh contributed 10 points and 11 rebounds but shot only 3/12 (25%) from the field. Miami shot only 38% overall including 4/13 (31%) from 3 point range but were clutch down the stretch at the foul line sinking 31/35 (89%) overall. Despite committing 13 turnovers the Heat outrebounded the Thunder 45-38. Kevin Durant led OKC with 25 points on 11/19 (58%) along with 6 rebounds and 6 turnovers. Russell Westbrook added 19 on 8/18 (445) from the floor and Kendrick Perkins contributed a solid all around game with 10 points and 12 rebounds. OKC shot 43% from the floor but tanked from beyond the arc making just 4/18 (22%) overall. The Thunder, the league's best free throw shooting team left some critical points at the charity stripe making just 15/24 (63%) and committed 9 of their 12 turnovers in the 4th quarter. James and Wade had some dazzling drives in the second and Shane Battier got free for a pair of 3-pointers in the final 2 minutes, but the Thunder stayed with them the entire way, briefly holding a three-point lead. Westbrook's 3-pointer with 2.3 seconds left cut Miami's lead to 47-46 at the break. Oklahoma City started to take control with a 14-2 run early in the third. Durant had the first four points, Westbrook fooled the Heat with a fake behind the back pass before in for a layup, then Durant leaped over James for a follow dunk before nailing a jumper for a 60-51 lead with 6:55 left in the period. The Thunder pushed the lead to 10 on Derek Fisher's four-point play, but the Heat got right back in it when Battier and then Jones made all six free throws after being fouled behind the arc. Durant wound up with 5 fouls once again and had to be particularly cautious on defense the rest of the way. The Thunder had grabbed their last lead at 77-76 on James Harden's basket with 7:32 left. James answered with two free throws about 20 seconds later, and the teams would trade turnovers and stops over the next couple of tense minutes. Wade then converted a three-point play, and another minute went by before James powered to the basket, Durant trying to get in position to draw a charge but watching helplessly as he picked up his fifth foul. James made the free throw for an 84-77 advantage with 3:47 to play. After another basket by James, the Thunder had one last burst -- haven't they always in this series? -- ripping off six straight points to get within one before Bosh made a pair of free throws with 1:19 to play. Durant missed badly on a wild shot attempt, and the Thunder missed another chance when Westbrook was off from behind the arc. Harden, who shot just 2/10 for 9 points off the bench and Durant also missed a combined 7 free throws in the final quarter, and Miami tasted victory on the heels of their defense and timely made baskets. Game 4 takes place here at the American Airlines Arena Tuesday night at 9pm on ABC.

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