Once again, the Miami Heat built a big lead over the Oklahoma City Thunder in the 2012 NBA Finals. But this time, Miami held on for a win by holding on for dear life, and the 100-96 victory in Game 2 ties the Finals at 1-1 with the series heading to South Beach.
The Heat bolted from the gate, leading 18-2 and by 12 after the first quarter, and led by as many as 17 points. But Kevin Durant heated up in the fourth quarter, and he and Russell Westbrook (27 points, eight rebounds, seven assists) pulled the Thunder to within two points at 98-96 with under 15 seconds to play and the ball. But Durant couldn't get to 34 points from the 32 he finished with on the night, missing a short jumper while guarded by LeBron James, and the Thunder fell for the first time in OKC in the 2012 NBA playoffs.
James' steady excellence piloted the Heat to this win. He had 32 points, eight rebounds and five assists, and the free-throw shooting that so often bedevils him was a strength on Thursday night as he sank all 12 of his attempts from the line. Dwyane Wade added 24 points for Miami, Chris Bosh had 10 points and 15 rebounds and Shane Battier drained five threes in a 17-point performance.
Now, the series shifts to the Heat's home court. Game 3 takes place Sunday night.
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