Oklahoma City, OK (SportsNetwork.com) - Miami's Big 3 combined for 81 points
to help exact revenge on a loss to Oklahoma City earlier this season, as the
Heat went into Chesapeake Energy Arena and routed the Thunder, 103-81.
Midway through the fourth period, LeBron James split a double team and threw
down an emphatic finish over Serge Ibaka but suffered a bloody nose in the
process. James spent a few minutes on the floor in obvious pain before being
helped to the locker room.
Despite playing just 33 minutes, James poured in a game-high 33 points on
15-of-22 shooting while his running mates Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh donated
24 points apiece in Miami's fourth straight win.
Kevin Durant paced OKC with 28 points, while Russell Westbrook returned to
the lineup after missing 27 games following knee surgery and notched 16.
Neither team shot it well from distance in this one. The Thunder made a
season-low two triples on 20 attempts, while Miami hit just 5-of-21 from the
Westbrook had two steals in the opening minute, leading to a pair of dunks for
an early 4-0 OKC edge. James came back with 14 points, Wade had two slams
and Mario Chalmers and Bosh added easy buckets to boost the Heat to a 22-8
lead at 5:36. The Thunder had seven turnovers in the early going and nine in
Miami shot a sizzling 76.2 percent and led 34-17 after the first quarter.
The lead reached 19 points on a Wade jumper early in the second, but the
Thunder slowly chipped away at its deficit as the frame went on. Durant's 1-
footed jumper from the nail cut it back to single digits at 43-34. Durant then
came up with a loose ball in the closing seconds and fired a pass ahead to
Westbrook, whose slam with 3.9 ticks remaining made it 54-47 at the half.
After Ibaka opened the second half with a putback layup, James bookended a
10-0 surge with jumpers for a 15-point margin.
The margin reached 22 points before the Thunder made one final push late in
the third. Durant scored nine points during a 12-1 surge to cap the frame,
cutting the deficit to 76-65.
Ray Allen's 3-ball started the fourth and Bosh scored five straight to all but
seal the outcome early in the final period. Miami led comfortably the rest of
Miami has now won four of the last five regular season games against the
Thunder ... OKC's reserves outscored their counterparts, 21-11 ... Ibaka had
14 points ... The loss snapped a three-game Thunder winning streak ... OKC
center Kendrick Perkins left early in the third quarter with a left groin
strain and did not return.
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