|Written by Michael|
Bet on the NBAWith the venue changing from down home Oklahoma City to the wild sands of South Beach, the NBA Championship Series between the Thunder and Miami Heat was tied at one win apiece. After last night in American Airlines Arena, Miami now leads the series 2-1, after a 91-85 victory.
After game one, it appeared the Thunder might be too young and just plain too good for the Heat and its superstar trio of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook clearly outplayed the dynamic duo of James and Wade in the 105-94 win. Three time scoring champ, Durant made his presence known often, even if not early, as the Thunder appeared to have a case of nerves, as might be expected of a team making it's first appearance in the Finals. Durant eventually scored 36 points, besting King James who finished with 30 and Westbrook contributed 27 points as opposed to Wade's paltry showing of just 19.
Game two was all about OKC maintaining home court advantage before they departed for South Florida, but it was not to be, as Miami came back to capture this one 100-96. This time Durant and James were even on points scored with 32 each. Westbrook duplicated his 27 point game one effort and Wade improved slightly to netting 24 in this one. That 5 point improvement over the first contest may have been the difference in this 4 point win.
Last night in Miami, the Heat once again got off to a quick start in the 91-85 win, but the Thunder responded in short order and eventually got ahead by 10 points in the 3rd quarter. This game was decided at the free throw line with Miami scoring a somewhat remarkable 31 from the charity stripe in 35 tries while the Thunder could only manage 15 in 24 attempts.
James had 29 points and Wade continued his slight upward trend in the series with 25. Kevin Durant came back to earth with a still solid 25. Westbrook had just 19. The Heat now leads this best of seven series 2 wins to 1, with game four all set in Miami for Tuesday night. Click here to check out Tuesday night's NBA odds for the finals round.