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Heat fall again, but Beasley shines in exhibition against Oklahoma City Thunder

The Heat has to win one of these exhibition games, right? The team traveled halfway across the country (Tulsa, to be exact) and led the Oklahoma City Thunder throughout most of the game. But much like their last game against the San Antonio Spurs, the Heat couldn't close the deal and fell 96-91. I've got to admit, even though the team's best player didn't play a minute and it's only an exhibition, I'm not a fan of Miami blowing a big lead or falling behind huge every game. It shows a lack of focus, and mental lapses are punished much harder in the regular season. I know this paragraph pretty much completely contradicts my San Antonio game recap, but just because I don't think it's a big deal doesn't mean I have to like it. So there. The big good news to come out of the Sooner State is that Michael Beasley had himself a pretty nice game (although he got himself in a little bit more tech trouble according to Ira Winderman. He needs to go Mennonite, like, now). In 38 minutes, he got 24 points, 4 rebounds and 7 turnovers. Pretty pretty solid day. I'm sure that number won't hold once Dwyane Wade returns to the fold to take back some of his points, but what Miami needs is a big second scorer. If Beasley can do that, you've really got something going here. Or perhaps his success is based on his proximity to Manhattan, Kansas. One or the other. The going gets no easier as the Heat now travel to Kansas City to play the New Orleans Hornets tonight at 8:30 p.m. You can't watch the game on TV for some reason unbeknownst to me (might be a blog post coming about that), but you can listen on 940 AM The Sports Animal. Should be fairly interesting for preseason basketball on the radio. BONUS: Stick around today as ESPN will be having a Live Chat featuring Chris Sheridan of to talk about the Heat and nothing but the Heat from 1:30 p.m. EDT to 2 p.m. I'll be there, being vastly inferior to Chris. Please won't you join us? The post will go up at 10 a.m. EDT, where you should be able to begin submitting your questions. Please keep us busy!