LeBron James finished with 33 points to lead the Miami Heat to a blowout victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder, 103-81. The Heat were on fire from the field in this one, going 41-75 (54.7%). Miami (39-14) has now won four straight.
James finished 15-22 (1-5 from three-point range) in an efficient offensive performance. Other key performers for Miami were Dwyane Wade with 24 points and 10 assists, and Chris Bosh with 24 points and 8 rebounds. Kevin Durant had another quality performance for Oklahoma City in the loss, scoring 28 points on 10-22 shooting (1-6 on 3-point attempts), in addition to going 7-10 from the free throw line. He also added 8 rebounds. Serge Ibaka contributed 14 points and 8 rebounds.
The sharp-shooting offense of Miami played well despite facing the defense of Oklahoma City that ranks fourth-best in the league at contesting shots (48.0% opponents' eFG%), ending the contest with an eFG% of 58.0%. In addition to 10.0% from 3-point range, the Thunder tallied an eFG% of just 39.2%. They are 2-6 on the season when registering marks below 30% and 45%, respectively, in those statistics. The Heat, conversely, are undefeated (7-0) when holding the opposition to such dismal shooting numbers.
This loss snaps a three-game winning streak for Oklahoma City, dropping them to 43-13 on the year.
Coming up next, the Heat play the Chicago Bulls, who are 28-25 on the year. The Thunder match up against the Los Angeles Clippers, currently 37-19 this season. The Heat have a 1-1 record against Chicago this season. The Thunder have a 1-1 record against Los Angeles this season.