The Oklahoma City Thunder and Miami Heat went to battle Wednesday, in what many believed was a MVP duel between Kevin Durant and Lebron James.
The game was chippy early, with a flagrant foul on Russell Westbrook and a technical foul on Kendrick Perkins in the 2nd quarter. The Heat would sport a 50-49 lead at the break, lead by 23 first half points from LeBron James.
Erik Spoelstra started Ronny Turiaf over Joel Anthony for the 2nd game in a row but they both were relatively quite on the night.
With Chris Bosh struggling early, going just 1-6 in the 1st half , the Heat would play small ball with Udonis Haslem and Lebron James in the frontcourt.
The Heat would take a 88-83 lead midway through the 4th quarter, off back to back 3-point baskets from Shane Battier.
Lebron James and the Heat continued to be the aggressors throughout, attacking the basket and going 26-29 at the freethrow line as a team.
James played a brilliant game on both ends of the floor and carried the Heat offensively. He finished with 34 points, 7 rebounds, 10 assists and 4 steals.
Chris Bosh was absent for the most of the game, scoring 12 points on 4-14 shooting but hit a key jumper late to give Miami a 3 point lead.
The Thunder shot a perfect 18-18 from the line until Kendrick Perkins missed two key free throws late which could have brought Oklahoma within in 1.
Kevin Durant finished with a team high 30 points but missed a turn around shot with 1:30 left and the game tying 3-pointer. Durant shot 11-21 from the field but committed a career high 9 turnovers in the loss.
Dwyane Wade struggled to find his rhythm against the Thunder, finishing with 19 points on just 7-18 shooting.
- The Miami Heat won their 17th consecutive game at home
- Thunder lost their 2nd consecutive game for the1st time this season
- The Heat and Thunder are now 1-1 on the season series
- Russell Westbrook shot just 9-26
- The Heat shot just 37% for the game
- Thunder committed 18 turnovers
- Heat now tied with Thunder in the loss column