In a game that was considered a potential finals preview, the Miami Heat were no where to be found. The Heat (35-12) fell to the Oklahoma City Thunder (37-12) on Sunday night in a blowout. Kevin Durant led the way to victory for the Thunder with 28 point, 9 rebounds, 8 assists, and 2 steals. Miami disappeared after the first half.
At the end of the 2nd quarter, the Thunder went on a run and went into halftime with a double-digit lead. OKC outscored Miami 35-25 in the 2nd quarter. Miami just let the Thunder take over the game, and they never came back after that. Dwyane Wade led Miami with 22 point, but had turnovers. Turnovers destroyed Miami, who lost the turnover battle 21-16.
LeBron James had 17 points on 8-18 shooting, but also had 7 assists, 2 steals and 4 turnovers. Him and Wade weren’t the only ones who had trouble holding onto the ball though, Chris Bosh had 18 points, but also added 4 turnovers. The starting lineup committed 20 of the 21 turnover that the Heat had.
The Heat got a big scoring game from Shane Battier, who had 11 points, but he also missed 6 3-pointers. Udonis Haslem had 8 points on 4-7 shooting and added 9 rebounds. Miami also got out-rebounded 36-31.
Everyone on OKC was playing well, except for Russell Westbrook, who went 4-16 from the field with 13 points and 6 assists. Besides Durant and Westbrook, OKC had 3 other players with over 15 points. Serge Ibaka continued his amazing play with 19 points on 8-10 shooting and 10 rebounds. Kendrick Perkins also had a high scoring night for him, with 16 points, and James Harden, the team’s sixth man, had 19 points on 6-7 shooting.
This was an ugly loss for Miami. No one expected them to get blown out the way they did and they need to go on a tear right now to show that they weren’t the team that was on the court Sunday night. Miami will take on Indiana tonight at 7pm. Check back later for a preview!
What do you guys think was the main reason the Heat lost last night?