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The NBA Finals shift to South Beach as the Miami Heat entertain the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 3 on Sunday night. The Heat escaped with a split if the opening two games in Oklahoma City, fending off the Thunder 100-94 after nearly squandering a 13-point advantage. Miami would like to prevent a return trip to the Midwest, but in order to do so it will need to find a way to stop Thunder superstar Kevin Durant from dominating the fourth quarter.
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When: 8:00 PM ET, Sunday, June 17, 2012
Where: American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida
TV: 8 p.m. ET, ABC, TSN
Oklahoma City Thunder: Oklahoma City couldn’t atone for its early struggles in Game 2, falling behind 18-2 in the first quarter and never quite catching up the rest of the way. “We can’t go down that much, especially at home,” Durant told reporters afterward. “We’ve got to correct it.” Durant was sensational in defeat, pouring in 32 points, while Russell Westbrook added his second consecutive 27-point effort. Thursday’s defeat was the first at home for the Thunder in the postseason, and they now must find a way to earn at least one win in Miami to being the series back to Oklahoma City.
Miami Heat: Three quarters of sublime basketball almost wasn’t enough for the Heat to earn a series split. “We had played too well in the first 36 minutes to try to let this one slip away from us,” said James, who equaled Durant with 32 points in the win. “We just wanted to make one more, two more plays than they made and come out with a victory and we were able to do that.” Chris Bosh returned to the starting lineup and was largely effective, pouring in 16 points and adding 15 rebounds – eight on the offensive end. Inside scoring was the key, with Miami outscoring Oklahoma City 46-32 from inside 10 feet.
1. Durant has scored a combined 33 points in the fourth quarter of Games 1 and 2.
2. Oklahoma City has trailed by double digits in each of their last three games.
3. James’ only 30-point performances in Finals games have come in the first two games of this series.
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