Oklahoma City, OK (Sports Network) - The Heat once again started strong on
Thursday and jumped out to a 55-43 halftime lead over the Thunder in Game 2 of
the NBA Finals.
Miami, of course, held an early double-digit advantage in Game 1 but was
eventually undone by Oklahoma City's athleticism and offensive prowess.
Facing a 1-0 deficit after that 105-94 loss, the Heat exhibited a sense of
urgency on Thursday and opened the game with an 18-2 run. Dwyane Wade, whose
production has been spotty at times in this postseason, was in control and
handed out all three of his team's first-quarter assists to go with seven
He had 13 points by halftime and the Heat led by as many as 17 on more than
one occasion. LeBron James added 14 points and Chris Bosh chipped in 10 and 10
The score may have been even more lopsided if it weren't for the play of
Thunder sixth man James Harden, who buoyed his floundering squad while fellow
stars Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook struggled.
Harden had 17 points -- including 10 in the first quarter -- while Durant had
six on 3-of-9 shooting and Westbrook scored nine while going 2-of-10 from the
The Heat will now be tasked with containing the Thunder in the second half.
They failed to do so in Game 1, as Durant and Westbrook combined to outscore
the entire Miami team -- 41-40 -- after intermission.
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