Saturday , Jun , 16 , 2012 Matt Formica

Miami’s Big 3 Too Strong for Thunder in Game 2, Even Series

Miami’s Big 3 Too Strong for Thunder in Game 2, Even Series

Last night the Miami Heat came out strong and beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 100-96 to tie the series at one game a piece.

Hoopsvibe’s Quick Call:  Coming out strong in the first quarter is crucial in this series.

It was the first time this year that the Thunder has lost a playoff game at home.

The Heat just came out hungry and that was the key to the game.  They opened up the game with a vengeance and at one point had an 18-2 lead.  The first quarter ended with the Heat up 27-15 and that definitely set the tone for the rest of the game.

Thunder Coach Scott Brooks put it best when he said, “They played attack basketball and got us on our heels.  We have to play better from the very start.”

He’s right.

While OKC would eventually come back only to lose the game by 4, they cannot come out sluggish against Miami and expect to win every game coming back from a deficit.

Kevin Durant and Lebron James led all scorers with 32 points a piece.  We just can’t say enough about those two guys.  Both Durant and Lebron have just been unbelievable.  Durant’s range and length make him so tough to defend while Lebron’s strength is unmatched.  We are all pretty lucky as fans to be witnessing these two superstars go head to head. 

Russell Westbrook, who started off the game playing terribly (yes, terribly) turned it around by the second half and finished with 27 points of his own.

But it was the play of Dwayne Wade, the 2006 version, that really set the tone for Miami.  Wade came out in attack mode, was 3-6 shooting, and had 3 rebounds and 3 assists in the first quarter.

Chris Bosh and Shane Battier also came up huge for the Heat.  Bosh made huge contributions on both the offensive and defensive glass.  He was aggressive and often times gave the Heat second chance opportunities that they hadn’t been getting with him on the bench.  He grabbed 15 rebounds in total, 7 of which were offensive.  He also finished with 16 points.  Battier, who’s had a great series against the Thunder so far, was 4-5 from three-point land and did a pretty decent job guarding Durant.

There’s no question it’s still either team’s series to win.  But each team will have to come out strong every game in order to win.

“We can’t start off 18 and 2.  We can’t get down that much especially at home…” Durant said following last night’s loss.

Nope.  Not if you want to beat the Heat.

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