06/14/2012 08:10 pm ET Updated Jun 14, 2012

Heat vs. Thunder LIVE: LeBron James, Miami Look For NBA Finals Game 2 Win In Oklahoma City

The Miami Heat remain in Oklahoma City, seeking to accomplish what no other NBA team has managed during the 2012 playoffs. LeBron James and Heat are trying win a game at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

The Spurs didn't manage the feat in the Western Conference Finals. Both the Lakers and Mavericks also failed to win in the hometown of the Flaming Lips in earlier rounds. If the Heat can't alter this trend then they'll take their prodigious talents back to South Beach along with an 0-2 deficit.

Miami Heat
Oklahoma City Thunder
Chesapeake Energy Arena
Oklahoma City, OK
9:00 PM ET, June 14, 2012

Buoyed by excellent shooting, the Heat grabbed an early lead in Game 1, but couldn't withstand the relentless pace of the Thunder. Outscoring Miami 24-4 in fastbreak points, Oklahoma City quite literally ran away with Game 1 in the second half. Kevin Durant keyed the late surge with 17 fourth quarter points. His sartorially splendid running mate Russell Westbrook chimed in with an astounding 27 points, 11 assists, 8 rebounds and 1 steal (with just two turnovers).

At the other end of the box score, James went for 30 points in a strong performance. Unfortunately, his Robin -- Dwyane Wade -- had a lesser impact than Westbrook. Can Wade get it going in Game 2? Can LeBron outduel both Durant and Westbrook if he doesn't? And what happens if James Harden's beard has a greater impact off the bench?


06/14/2012 11:56 PM EDT

@ WindhorstESPN :

Haven't seen replay of Durant shot. But there were 50/50 calls thru 4Q, Durant came close to 6th foul. Can't rely on a call to decide game.

06/14/2012 11:55 PM EDT

@ jadande :

Perkins turned around twice to glare at refs before leaving the court

06/14/2012 11:48 PM EDT


06/14/2012 11:47 PM EDT

Durant gets it right away on the baseline and misses the short jumper. Looked like he rushed it. Durant wanted a foul called on LeBron. Westbrook couldn't get the rebound and LeBron is fouled after he gets possession.

He made both. He's 12-for-12 from the free throw line. 100-96 MIAMI.

06/14/2012 11:46 PM EDT

@ jadande :

Uh, it's loud again

06/14/2012 11:45 PM EDT

Wade turns the ball over on the way up the court and Harden gets the loose ball. He gets it to Westbrook who passes it to Durant on the right wing for the open 3 and he hits it. LeBron misses a 3 on the other end and it's 98-96 MIAMI WITH 12.3 SECONDS LEFT. OKC CALL TIMEOUTS

06/14/2012 11:44 PM EDT

@ jadande :

A few folks are filing out. Still, these are the most stay-in-their-place fans in NBA. Aisles empty even at halftime

06/14/2012 11:43 PM EDT

Durant drives baseline and makes the running layup to cut the lead to 98-93 with 48 seconds left.

06/14/2012 11:42 PM EDT

@ WindhorstESPN :

Heat run a Wade/LeBron screen roll with Bosh coming off weakside for biggest basket of game. Strong execution. Heat up 7 w/:53 left

06/14/2012 11:42 PM EDT

@ jadande :

That Wade to Bosh dunk made it even deader in here