How the Miami Heat Were Able to Defeat the OKC Thunder in Game 2
The Miami came out victorious in Game two and tied the best of the seven NBA Finals series at one game a piece heading back to Miami.
So how were they able to do it? Here's how.
Dwyane Wade came out aggressive right from the start after a disappointing showing in Game 1 in which he had 19 points but was just 7-19 from the field. He finished the game with a strong 24 points on 10-20 shooting. Another big change was the fact that Miami Heat head coach Erik Spolestra decided to finally start PF Chris Bosh after bringing him off the bench for the last couple of games. Bosh was in attack mode all night and was relentless on the boards. He had 15 big rebounds, which included seven offensive boards. He also had 16 points.
Lebron James also didn't settle for any outside shots and he continued to attack the paint, scoring most of his points inside on his way to his 5th straight 30 plus point game. He had 32 points, eight rebounds and five assists. The Heat also got a huge contribution from defensive specialist Shane Battier, who was red hot from three point land. He hit five threes and finished with 17 points.
The Heat also did a good job defensively on the OKC Thunder, as they got superstar Kevin Durant in early foul trouble. Durant was just limited to six points on 3-9 shooting in the first half. PG Russell Westbrook also struggled early as he was just 2-10 from the field in the first half. It was sixth man James Harden who kept OKC in the game. Durant heated up in the fourth quarter and at one point was 7-7 from the field in the fourth but was not able to close the deal but finished with 32 points.
The Miami Heat were the more aggressive team from the start and didn't let their foot off the gas pedal. They didn't force outside jump shots and kept attacking the paint while playing solid defense on the other end. Now they go back to Miami after stealing home court advantage from the Thunder and tying the series at 1-1. The Heat have a chance to finish the series if they can sweep all three of their games in Miami. It will be interesting to see what happens.