Heat vs. Thunder LIVE UPDATES: NBA Finals Game 3 At AmericanAirlines Arena

06/17/2012 07:04 pm ET | Updated Jun 18, 2012

NBA Finals Game 3
Miami Heat

vs.

Oklahoma City Thunder
American Airlines Arena Miami, Fla.
8 p.m. ET

This situation must look awfully familiar to the Miami Heat. Just like the 2011 NBA Finals against the Dallas Mavericks, the Heat dropped Game 1 to the Oklahoma City Thunder only to bounce back to take Game 2. If LeBron and company win Game 3 then the first three contests of the 2012 NBA Finals will have gone just as they did last year: Loss, Win, Win.

While Miami doesn't want this series to have the same result as 2011 they would hardly argue against a similar start, especially considering the historical significance of winning Game 3. In NBA Finals series tied, 1-1-, the winner of Game 3 goes on to win 85 percent of the time. Of course, that was a different story last year.

Can Oklahoma City take back home court with a crucial Game 3 victory? Or will James have another stellar performance to help Miami take control of the series?

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06/17/2012 10:51 PM EDT

"Thunder lost this game in the third quarter." - Magic Johnson

06/17/2012 10:50 PM EDT

Kevin Durant only had four points in the fourth quarter tonight.

06/17/2012 10:48 PM EDT

Westbrook misses a 3 in the corner. LeBron gets the rebound and the HEAT WIN GAME 3.

06/17/2012 10:47 PM EDT

Wade makes both. 91-85 MIAMI.

06/17/2012 10:46 PM EDT

Sefolosha throws away the inbounds pass right to Wade. Westbrook started cutting. 13 seconds left. Wade got fouled and is going to the free throw line.

06/17/2012 10:44 PM EDT

LeBron makes the second. OKC calls timeout. 89-85 MIAMI.

06/17/2012 10:43 PM EDT

LeBron misses the first free throw. 16.2 seconds left.

06/17/2012 10:43 PM EDT

LeBron misses a pull-up jumper. Westbrook misses a wide open 3 on the other end. Heat have the ball with 18 seconds left.

Harden tries to draw the charge on LeBron and gets called for a block. TERRIBLE defensive play by Harden.

06/17/2012 10:42 PM EDT

Durant drives to his right and misses the wild layup. Not a good shot. Heat have it with under a minute.

06/17/2012 10:41 PM EDT

LeBron goes inside for Bosh who gets fouled on the shot. Bosh makes both to put the Heat up 88-85 with 1:19 remaining.

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