With both teams tied at one game apiece, the series will now move over to the American Airlines Arena, where the Heat have been virtually unbeatable.
Just like in Game 1, the Heat came out firing on all cylinders, never giving up the lead throughout the entire contest. By halftime, they led by 12 points. The Heat maintained their pace during the third-quarter. But they slacked off a bit during the final quarter, allowing the Thunder to cut their lead down to two points, with less than a minute left in the game.
Fortunately for Miami fans, LeBron James stepped up to the plate when his team needed him the most, knocking down a crucial bank shot and two clutch free throws shortly after to seal the victory.
"We've been down. We've withstood rallies. The good thing about it, when they scored, we didn't get our head down. We just got back on offense and started to execute," LeBron told reporters after the game. "It's a great team that we're going against. So we're going to need every effort, every play and it's going to take all the way down to zeroes on that clock to get a win."
LeBron was Miami's leading scorer in Game 2, finishing with 32 points, 8 rebounds, and 5 assists. Dwyane Wade broke out of his funk on Thursday; putting up 24 points and 6 rebounds (he shot 50 percent from the field).
Shane Battier continued his hot three-point shooting against the Thunder, knocking down five of his seven attempts from beyond the arc. He finished with 17 points.
Defensively, the Heat stuck to their game-plan throughout the contest, holding the Thunder to 44 percent shooting from the field. They were also effective on the glass, led by Chris Bosh, who pulled down a game-high 15 rebounds.
Even though Miami evened out things on Thursday, they still have some adjustments to make. They were a little careless with the ball in the second half, making what should have been a blowout a rather close contest.
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