Despite the late game heroics of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook in the 2nd half, the Miami Heat held onto win Game Two 100-96; and it was behind the two clutch free throws from LeBron James with just 7 seconds left.
Often criticized for being anti-clutch in the 4th quarter, LeBron kept his team together in the midst of a ferocious Thunder come back. The end result for James was 32 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists, and 12-12 from the free throw line.
LeBron, however, wasn’t the only one that attributed to the Thunder’s first loss at home.
Shane Battier hit 5-7 three pointers and Chris Bosh finished the game with a double-double, scoring 16 points and grabbing 15 rebounds. Perhaps the biggest contribution for the Heat, however, came from Dwyane Wade who finished with 24 points, 6 rebounds, and 5 assists. Wade was almost invisible in Game 1, but tonight he was in attack mode all game, giving LeBron the extra help that he needed.
Still, it was LeBron who left the biggest imprint on the game. LeBron may not be able to guard Durant, but Durant can guard LeBron even less. LeBron’s constant penetration kept KD in foul trouble all night and as a result, he was only able to play 38 minutes; playing the majority of the 4th quarter with 5 fouls.
LeBron proved again, why he is the greatest player on the planet.
The Finals are now tied up 1-1 and NBA fans are in for a treat if the rest of the Finals are like the first two games. Coach Spoelstra, himself said, “This is going to be like this probably every single game.”
Let’s cross our fingers and hope so.