Miami Gets Away With Murder
In a thrilling NBA Finals game 2, the Miami Heat were able to hold on to be the first team this postseason to defeat the Oklahoma City Thunder on their home court. With a 100-96 victory against OKC, the Heat travel home tied 1-1 in their best-of-seven series. Miami came out firing on all cylinders and scored from wherever and whenever they wanted to. Dwayne Wade found his shot early and Shane Battier once again proved why he was one of the better off-season pickups by draining three quick 3-pointers. Lebron was dishing with ease and Chris Bosh manhandled both Perkins and Ibaka for the first 3 quarters. The Heat led by as many as 17 points and looked as if they were going to run away with the game.
That’s when Lebron James got to enjoy his favorite part of every game, the fourth quarter. As if it were rehearsed, the Thunder cut Miami’s 13 point lead down to 4 with just 5 minutes running off the clock. It was quite incredible the way that Kevin Durant and Russel Westbrook were able to tear apart a defense that was able to keep them relatively quiet through three quarters. Durant’s performance was even more impressive with the fact that he was playing with 5 fouls with just over 11 minutes remaining in the game. Lebron James had an overall great game and he seemed to be the little life the Heat had in the fourth, but he was nearly not enough. Wade looked as if he was nonexistent towards the end of the game and Scott Brooks seemed to devise a defensive plan that completely took Miami out of their rhythm.
The Thunder kept chipping away and it started to look like Miami was losing control. With their lead cut to 3, Lebron took the ball and made a beautiful fade away bank shot over Thabo Sefelosha with just under 96 seconds remaining. After a clutch three pointer by Durant followed by the stereotypical missed three by Lebron in the closing seconds, the Thunder possessed the ball just under 20 seconds. Westbrook quickly got the ball into the fiery hot hands of Durant. Durant made a stylish cross over dribble and pulled up for a routine 12-foot jumper when Lebron seemed to have raked his arm and leg for what should have been a foul call. Unfortunately for the Orange and Blue, the whistle wasn’t blown and Miami gained possession and the win.
The most impressive play for Miami was probably from the newly inserted into the starting lineup Chris Bosh. With 16 points and 15 rebounds, Bosh finally provided those big man numbers that the Heat have been missing all playoffs. Even with Bosh and Battier having great games and Lebron and Wade both filling the stat sheet as usual, the Heat still almost found a way to lose. Mr. Inconsistency, a.k.a Erik Spoelstra, couldn’t find a single lineup that worked in the fourth quarter and like usual seemed to defer all of his decisions to King James. Well Spoelstra, it seems as if your brilliant coaching tactics have once again led Miami to a victory. I would like to thank the NBA referees for once again proving their infatuations with Lebron James.