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The Miami Heat defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder 103-97 in what was a heated NBA finals rematch. Miami has now won 5 straight against the Thunder. This was just a regular season game. Big Christmas day stage, the two best players in the planet going at each other, a finals rematch. Sure, just another regular season game. “It felt a little bit like a different month” added Spoelstra.
This game had some familiarities of the finals. Some questionable calls, chippy sequences which led to 5 technical fouls being called, Miami’s starting point guard stepping up on a big stage. Miami were deserving, but the Thunder were never out of the game, no matter the size of the lead. When Kevin Durant is playing, no lead is safe. It’s that simple. “When you play this team, it’s not going to go according to script”, coach Spoelstra admitted.
This game was intensified when Russell Westbrook stole the ball and went in for what was to be a simple layup. He was hit from behind by Wade and Battier. “It looked more than it was” Wade said. “It’s a hard foul,” Battier added after the game. “Most guys don’t react well to that. I didn’t take offense to his taking offense.”
The same way that Mario Chalmers rose in the finals, he again stepped up on the big stage. He has struggled this season, but had 20 points on 8 of 14 shooting. He made big plays. LeBron loves it when Rio shines in big games. “We needed each and every play from him”. The most significant part of Chalmers performance was the job he did on Westbrook. While he didn’t guard Russ the whole game, he frustrated him with busy hands. Westbrook was 5 from 19. He is relentless, and has improved this season, but continues to take bad shots.
This game was fun in every sense. It provided great drama. LeBron guarding Durant when it mattered most. Durant beating James in isolation to cut the lead to 1. LeBron playing great defense on a potential game tying shot from KD. It was the perfect appetiser for a possible 2012/2013 Finals. LeBron had 29 points 8 rebounds and 9 assists. This is a career night for most. It’s LeBron’s christmas present to us. Durant was great, too. He shook off early foul trouble to finish with 33, 7, and 3. These two players are special. They are the best in the NBA. Durant is my MVP of the first trimester. LeBron and Carmelo are my 2nd and 3rd. Without team bias, the casual NBA fan should hope these sides play off again in this seasons NBA finals.