Kevin Durant is perhaps the most skilled scorer in the NBA. Using his prodigious skills, he has won the league scoring title in three consecutive years. He can score from the perimeter. He can score on the move. He can score at the rim. The 23-year-old Durant can score from just about anywhere. But he cannot score from the OKC bench.

Everything was bouncing Oklahoma City's way early in the second half of Game 3. The Thunder had (temporarily) stopped letting LeBron James and Dwyane wade into the paint. At the half, the Thunder was being out-rebounded by Miami, 25-16. The Western Conference champs then opened the third quarter by dominating the glass, 14-3. The Thunder went ahead and began adding to its lead midway through the third.

Then Durant picked up his fourth foul with 5:41 to play in the quarter.

With KD tethered to the bench, Russell Westbrook piloted just the sort of ramshackle stretch that sends his critics ranting. Over the span of three possessions, Westbrook missed a layup, committed a charging foul and turned the ball over. Before you could say "Skip Bayless Said So," Westbrook was also parked on the bench.

With its dynamic duo watching, Oklahoma City lost the plot at both ends of the floor. Serge Ibaka and Derek Fisher each committed a foul on 3-point attempts, allowing Miami to chip away at the lead with six free throws.

"[The Thunder] lost this game in the third quarter," said Magic Johnson in deference to the fact that the Heat ended the quarter on a 15-7 run after Durant's fourth foul.

The Heat held a 69-67 lead entering the fourth. Durant had broken an NBA Finals record scoring 33 total points in the fourth quarters of the first two games but things didn't go his way in the final 12 minutes on Sunday night. He was held to just four points in the fourth quarter. Despite Durant's late struggles, OKC reeled off six straight points to close within a point with 1:30 remaining in the game.

While the fouls whistled against Durant and his teammates may have fans in Oklahoma City grumbling, it may be missed free throws when Thunder players were fouled that made the difference. Oklahoma city missed nine of 24 free throw attempts, including seven in the second half. Miami would hold off the Thunder's late charge to win Game 3, 91-85.

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    LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat attempts to control the ball in the first quarter against Russell Westbrook #0 and Thabo Sefolosha #2 of the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game Three of the 2012 NBA Finals on June 17, 2012 at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida.

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    Dwyane Wade #3 of the Miami Heat drives for a shot attempt in the first quarter against Kevin Durant #35 of the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game Three of the 2012 NBA Finals on June 17, 2012 at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida.

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    LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat defends in the first quarter against Kevin Durant #35 of the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game Three of the 2012 NBA Finals on June 17, 2012 at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida.

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    LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat attempts a shot in the first quarter against the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game Three of the 2012 NBA Finals on June 17, 2012 at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida.

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    LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat drives in the first quarter against James Harden #13 and Kevin Durant #35 of the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game Three of the 2012 NBA Finals on June 17, 2012 at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida.

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    Scott Brooks of the Oklahoma City Thunder reacts as James Harden #13 looks to get back in position in the first quarter against the Miami Heat in Game Three of the 2012 NBA Finals on June 17, 2012 at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida.

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    Kevin Durant #35 of the Oklahoma City Thunder looks to move the ball in the first quarter against Dwyane Wade #3 of the Miami Heat in Game Three of the 2012 NBA Finals on June 17, 2012 at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida.

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    LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat looks to drive in the first quarter against Kevin Durant #35 of the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game Three of the 2012 NBA Finals on June 17, 2012 at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida.

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    LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat looks to pass in the first half as he is defended by Russell Westbrook #0, Derek Fisher #37 and James Harden #13 of the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game Three of the 2012 NBA Finals on June 17, 2012 at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida.

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    LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat looks on in the first half against the Oklahoma City Thunder against the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game Three of the 2012 NBA Finals on June 17, 2012 at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida.

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    Russell Westbrook #0 of the Oklahoma City Thunder looks to attempts a shot in the first half against Norris Cole #30 and Shane Battier #31 of the Miami Heat in Game Three of the 2012 NBA Finals on June 17, 2012 at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida.

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    LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat drives in the first half against Nick Collison #4 of the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game Three of the 2012 NBA Finals on June 17, 2012 at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida.

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    Norris Cole #30 of the Miami Heat drives in the first half against Derek Fisher #37 and Nick Collison #4 of the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game Three of the 2012 NBA Finals on June 17, 2012 at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida.

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    Russell Westbrook #0 of the Oklahoma City Thunder drives for a shot attempt in the first half against Shane Battier #31 and Mario Chalmers #15 of the Miami Heat in Game Three of the 2012 NBA Finals on June 17, 2012 at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida.

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    Dwyane Wade #3 of the Miami Heat reacts in the first half against the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game Three of the 2012 NBA Finals on June 17, 2012 at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida.

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    Dwyane Wade #3 of the Miami Heat drives for a shot attempt in the first half against the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game Three of the 2012 NBA Finals on June 17, 2012 at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida.

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    Chris Bosh of the Miami Heat scores against the Oklahoma City Thunder during Game 3 of the NBA Finals on June 17, 2012 at the American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida.

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    Dwyane Wade #3 of the Miami Heat drives in the first hallf against Russell Westbrook #0 of the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game Three of the 2012 NBA Finals on June 17, 2012 at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida.

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    Russell Westbrook #0 of the Oklahoma City Thunder attempts a shot in the first half against Mario Chalmers #15 of the Miami Heat in Game Three of the 2012 NBA Finals on June 17, 2012 at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida.

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    Chris Bosh #1 of the Miami Heat reacts as he dunks in the first half against the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game Three of the 2012 NBA Finals on June 17, 2012 at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida.

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    Derek Fisher #37 Thabo Sefolosha #2 and Serge Ibaka #9 of the Oklahoma City Thunder celebrate a play in the secon dhalf against the Miami Heat in Game Three of the 2012 NBA Finals on June 17, 2012 at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida.

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    LeBron James of the Miami Heat passes off before Thabo Sefolosha (L) of the Oklahoma City Thunder during Game 3 of the NBA Finals on June 17, 2012 at the American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida.

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    Chris Bosh (R) of the Miami Heat and Kevin Durant (L) of the Oklahoma City Thunder fight for the ball during Game 3 of the NBA Finals on June 17, 2012 at the American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida.

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    Dwyane Wade (C) of the Miami Heat passes off before Kendrick Perkins (L), Kevin Durant (2nd-L) and James Harden (R) of the Oklahoma City Thunder during Game 3 of the NBA Finals on June 17, 2012 at the American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida.

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    LeBron James #6 (L) and Dwyane Wade #3 of the Miami Heat reacts after James made a basket over Kevin Durant #35 of the Oklahoma City Thunder in the fourth quarter of Game Three of the 2012 NBA Finals on June 17, 2012 at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida.

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    LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat makes a basket in the fourth quarter against Kevin Durant #35 of the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game Three of the 2012 NBA Finals on June 17, 2012 at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida.

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    Kevin Durant #35 of the Oklahoma City Thunder attempts to run down a loose ball in the second half against the Miami Heat in Game Three of the 2012 NBA Finals on June 17, 2012 at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida.

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    Chris Bosh (L) of the Miami Heat is guarded by James Harden (R) of the Oklahoma City Thunder during Game 3 of the NBA Finals on June 17, 2012 at the American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida. The Heat won 91-85 to take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series.