NBA Finals Game 3
Oklahoma City Thunder
American Airlines Arena Miami, Fla.
8 p.m. ET
The Miami Heat know very well how little a 2-1 series lead in the NBA Finals guarantees. Even if the team to hold such an advantage historically fares quite well, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and the rest of the Heat remember holding such an edge last year against the Dallas Mavericks. We all know how that turned out.
With Game 4 in South Beach and James putting up numbers that only a trio of Hall of Fame centers have put up in the playoffs, the Heat are looking to take one step closer to the title.
Having already trailed the No. 1 seed San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference Finals, 2-0, Kevin Durant and the Thunder are no strangers to playing with their backs to the wall. After dropping the first two games to the Spurs, the Thunder reeled off four straight wins to clinch a Finals berth.
Will Oklahoma City manage to take home court advantage back with a crucial road win tonight? Or will LeBron dominate once again to help Miami put OKC on the brink of elimination?
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|@ ESPNChrisPalmer : Line of the Night: Russell Westbrook 43 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists, 20-32 FG, L|
|@ jemelehill : Westbrook made a stupid play late, but where would OKC have been in this game without his 43?|
|@ WindhorstESPN : Chalmers had 25, 12 in 4Q. Wade had 25, LeBron had 26, 9, 12. Westbrook had 43, 7, 5; Durant had 28.|
|@ Bowen12 : OKC has to COMMUNICATE 5 seconds on the shot clock! This is where the Inexperience plays a MAJOR ROLE!|
Chalmers gets fouled. Misses the first free throw but makes the second. WEstbrook turns it over and the HEAT WIN 104-98 TO TAKE A 3-1 SERIES LEAD.
Durant misses a long contested 3 and Wade gets the rebound. Miami fans are starting to celebrate.
|@ johnhollinger : Westbrook seemed really confused that they reset the shot clock to five on that jump ball. Was showing 0.8.|
Wade throws up a runner but misfires. Jump ball is called with .8 seconds left on the shot clock. Heat win the tip. Westbrook may have thought the shot clock reset and fouled Chalmers with 13.8 seconds left.
Westbrook drives to his right and makes an amazing contested layup. 101-98 with 35 seconds left.
|@ WindhorstESPN : Chalmers' finals resume (college & pro) is pretty good|
Chalmers gets a pass from Wade and drives to the hole and makes the clutch layup. Amazing performance from Super Mario tonight. 101-96 MIAMI.
|@ SpearsNBAYahoo : Durant has 2 shots in 4th quarter with 55.5 left.|
|@ ArashMarkazi : Where's Paul Pierce's wheelchair?|
|@ RicBucher : LeBron hobbling on his right leg as he comes off now.|
|@ jadande : Harden looked like he wanted to do anything but shoot there. Like he'd rather grab a mop and wipe the floor.|
LeBron air balls a 3. Wade partially blocked Sefolosha's 3-point attempt from the corner. Then Spoelstra calls timeout. 55.5 seconds left. 99-96 MIAMI.
Harden seemed hesitant to take a wide open 2 because he wanted to get it to Durant, but he finally took it and missed. Wade got the rebound. But Bosh missed a layup.
Westbrook comes back with a big driving layup. 99-96 MIAMI.
|@ johnhollinger : Thunder bench can't believe that wasn't a foul on Durant drive. Durant still staring at zebras too.|
Wade drives to his left and makes a right-handed scoop layup. Crowd is fired up. 99-94 MIAMI. 2:18 to go. Miami just went on a 7-0 run.
LeBron takes a 3 and NAILS it from the top of the key. Durant has it on the other end and turns it over. He's angry with the no-call. 97-94 MIAMI.