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Miami Heat small forward LeBron James is defended by Oklahoma City Thunder power forward Serge Ibaka (9) from Republic of Congo during the first half at Game 2 of the NBA finals basketball series, Thursday, June 14, 2012, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
Miami Heat small forward LeBron James is defended by Oklahoma City Thunder power forward Serge Ibaka (9) from Republic of Congo during the first half at Game 2 of the NBA finals basketball series, Thursday, June 14, 2012, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

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

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

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

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Wade makes both. 91-85 MIAMI.

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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.

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

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LeBron misses the first free throw. 16.2 seconds left.

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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.

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

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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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Sefolosha steals it from Wade dribbling up the court and makes the layup. Then Wade goes down and misses a long 2. Westbrook dribbles to the right elbow and makes the short jumper to cut the lead to 86-85. SIX STRAIGHT POINTS FOR OKC.

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Durant posts up LeBron, tries to go up and under but misses it. LeBron takes it in the lane on the other end and makes the contested twisting layup. Perkins gets the ball down low and draws a shooting foul on Battier.

Perkins makes both. 86-81 MIAMI. 2:07 left.

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Bosh tries to draw a foul on Perkins with 2.4 seconds left on the shot clock but no call is made. Ball goes out of bounds. OKC ball.

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Thunder go right to Durant at the elbow and KD nails a jumper. 84-79 MIAMI. OKC needed that one.

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Miami is on an 8-0 run in the last 3:27.

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Harden waves off Durant, drives and turns the ball over. Then LeBron drives to the hoop, makes the contested layup and draws the foul on Durant that's his FIFTH. He made the free throw. 84-77. Thunder call timeout.

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Harden turns the ball over with a bad pass to Durant.

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Wade makes the free throw. 81-77 MIAMI. OKC has missed 9 free throws.

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Wade drives this time, draws a foul on Perkins and makes the running floater.

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LeBron posts up and misses a turnaround fadeaway. Durant tried to drive through the lane again but Bosh's help defense caused a turnover.

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Durant misses a 3 from the right wing, went in and out. Miami had it with 5:40 left.

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@ IraHeatBeat : Wade has Derek Fisher posted up and Chalmers runs over and brings his defender over for a double-team leading to a turnover. Huh?

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@ IraHeatBeat : Hard to believe Wade only has three turnovers. Seems like a lot more. http://t.co/GwP61hTH

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Wade tries to post up Fisher but gets double-teamed by Westbrook and turns the ball over again.

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LeBron finds Bosh wide open but he can't catch it. Turnover.

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Durant drives to his left past LeBron but gets his shot blocked by Bosh. Great help defense.

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LeBron makes both free throws. 78-77 MIAMI. 7 minutes left.

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LeBron posts up, makes a move to get deeper into the paint and draws a foul on Collison. That's his fourth.

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Wade tried to drive on Westbrook but turns the ball over to Fisher. Harden takes it into the lane on the other end and makes the layup. OKC takes a 77-76 lead.

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James Jones airballs a 3 and the ball lands in Harden's hands. He finds Durant way down the court on the break and he gets fouled by Jones.

Durant MISSES BOTH.

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