LeBron James thunders over Oklahoma as Heat record victory
LeBron James stole the show with 29 points in Miami Heat’s 103-97 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on a Christmas Day schedule of five games. It was a rematch of last season’s NBA Finals between the top NBA team and leaders of the Eastern Conference. It was a physical contest between Miami Heat and Oklahoma City Thunder which was being played with playoff intensity.
“We're two teams that have the same aspirations and that's to try to win a championship,” LeBron James told reporters after the game ended. “Both teams are not going to short cut anything and just try to get better each and every day. It was good fight by both teams.”
Apart from the 29 points he scored, LeBron James also had nine assists and eight rebounds under his belt. Dwyane Wade was also impressive with 21 points. Meanwhile, Mario Chalmers came up with a season-high 20 points. The victory allowed the Miami Heat to stretch their winning streak to five games.
Had the Oklahoma City Thunder won the game Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook would have been the heroes of the night. Kevin Durant scored 33 points while Russell Westbrook scored 21. Both players missed an opportunity to ties the game with two 3-pointers seconds before the sound of the buzzer.
Elsewhere, James Harden came up with 26 points and Jeremy Lin provided 20 points along with 11 assists to take the Houston Rockets to a 120-97 win over the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday night.
Omer Asik returned to the court at the United with 20 points and 18 rebounds on his first trip back to Chicago since shipping off to the Houston Rockets. The Houston Rockets are in impressive form this season. All of their players scored in double figures with Chandler Parsons adding a useful 23 points and Marcus Morris with 10.
The Houston Rockets were down and under soon after the game began, but a strong comeback in second quarter tipped the scale in their favor. The Houston Rockets outscored the Chicago Bulls 31-19 before the break to grab an early advantage.