The Oklahoma City Thunder welcomed the Miami Heat to town in a rematch of the last year’s NBA Finals. This game was all about number 6 for the Heat, Lebron James. James was on fire tonight, scoring 39 points, grabbing 12 boards, and passing the ball seven times to his teammates.
Thanks to James, the Heat won their sixth straight game against the Thunder dating to last year’s NBA Finals. James and Dwayne Wade played a suffocating defense which looked just like Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen playing out there. They stopped transition baskets for the Thunder and took away easy baskets the first half. Miami never trailed and widened its lead to as much as 79-56. That matched the largest deficit of the season for the Thunder.
For awhile the Heat held Kevin Durant in check by their aggressive defense. Durant missed his first seven shots but ended the game scoring 40 points. With a dunk and a runner, Durant helped cut the deficient to eight points in the final minute but the Thunder were never in striking distance. The only other player for the Thunder that did any kind of damage on the court tonight was Russell Westbrook. Westbrook had 26 points but also had a hard time controlling the ball by turning it over 6 times.
The Thunder really misses James Harden, who would always be the third player making the plays and scoring for them. They need to find that third guy before the playoffs get here. They now have suffered back to back losses the second time all season.
But It was Kim James who stole the show tonight. LeBron finished the half in a fury of shots making everyone of them on four straight possessions. They put defender after defender on him but it still didn’t stop his dominant performance tonight. He even let his emotions get the best of him and was called for a technical foul after being whistled for two fouls right after each other.
James was truly in the zone tonight and was focused to take over at any point during the game. He is on fire and will be the rest of the season. This is just one more step for the legacy he is leaving in the NBA.
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