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Heat Vs. Thunder: OKC Blows Out Miami In A Statement Game, 103-87

It wasn't even that close on Sunday as the Thunder rolled to a 103-87 win over the Heat in a battle between two of the NBA's top teams.

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Heat Vs. Thunder Final: Oklahoma City Wins 103-87

The Oklahoma City Thunder had one of their best games of the season, dominating the Miami Heat in a 103-87 home victory on Sunday night.

The Thunder played nearly 48 minutes of flawless basketball, swarming Miami defensively while shooting 54.5 percent from the field.

Kevin Durant completely outplayed LeBron James in a match-up between the two front-runners for the MVP award. Durant had 28 points, eight assists and nine rebounds on 11-20 shooting. James had 17 points, seven assists and three rebounds on 8-18 shooting.

Oklahoma City got a huge contribution from their starting front-court of Serge Ibaka and Kendrick Perkins, who controlled the paint on both sides of the floor. The two combined for 35 points and 16 rebounds on 16-21 shooting.

Miami was never really in the game after the first quarter, as the Thunder pulled away behind a strong effort from their reserves, led by James Harden. Harden had 19 points on 6-7 shooting.

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Heat Vs. Thunder Scoring Update: Oklahoma City Rolling, Up 80-69 After Three

While the Miami Heat have been the consensus favorite for the NBA championships all season long, the Oklahoma City Thunder have completely controlled the first meeting of the two teams this season.

After three quarters, Oklahoma City is up 80-69 at home.

Kevin Durant has outplayed LeBron James throughout, scoring 25 points on 10-15 shooting while handing out eight assists.

LeBron hasn't been able to dominate the paint on either end of the floor, as Serge Ibaka has effectively protected the rim for the Thunder.

Russell Westbrook has had one of his worst games of the season, but a strong effort from James Harden has more than made up for it, as the front-runner for the Sixth Man of the Year has 17 points on 5-6 shooting and 4 assists.

The best Miami player has been Dwyane Wade, who has kept the Heat within shouting distance most of the night, scoring 22 points on 6-10 shooting. He ended the third quarter with a buzzer-beating three-point chest shot from 3/4 court:

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However, with the Heat still down 11, they may decide to bench their stars in the fourth.

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Heat Vs. Thunder Scoring Update: Oklahoma City Up 60-49 At The Half

With strong play on both sides of the ball, the Oklahoma City Thunder raced out to a 60-49 half-time lead against the Miami Heat.

In one of their strongest defensive performances of the season, the Thunder used their length and athleticism to bother Miami's normally free-flowing offense, forcing 11 turnovers in the first half.

On the other side of the ball, Kevin Durant was rarely bothered by the defense of LeBron James, scoring 18 points on 8-10 shooting while getting six assists and two rebounds.

In front of a rowdy Oklahoma City home crowd, the Thunder raced up and down the court, something that rarely happens to Miami.

The highlight of the half was a 10-2 Oklahoma City run capped off by a full length cross-court chest pass from James Harden to a streaking Durant.

Harden was the difference maker off the bench in the first half, getting 14 points and three assists on 4-5 shooting.

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Heat Vs. Thunder Scoring Update: OKC Up 25-24 After One Quarter

The Miami Heat and the Oklahoma City Thunder came out firing in the first quarter of one of the most anticipated NBA regular season games in recent memory.

In what could be an NBA Finals preview, Oklahoma City's offense had the edge on Miami's defense, as the Thunder shot 65 percent from the floor while getting out to a 25-24 lead after the first quarter.

The two front-runners for the NBA's MVP award, LeBron James and Kevin Durant, were both impressive in the game's first 12 minutes.

James had six points on 3-5 shooting while dishing out three assists; Durant had seven points on 3-4 shooting and three assists.

Kendrick Perkins had a surprising eight points, as he was the beneficiary of some excellent passing from the Thunder, which had nine assists in the first quarter. Derek Fisher made an appearance as well, providing excellent veteran leadership while going 0-1 and committing one foul in relief of Russell Westbrook.

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Heat Vs. Thunder: Schedule, TV Info And More

The marquee matchup for the NBA on Sunday takes place in OKC. The Thunder will try to fire up the home crowd as they take on the visiting Miami Heat.

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