The Miami Heat continue to impress this season with a win over the Oklahoma City Thunder tonight. It was a great game and had more of a playoff vibe than just another regular season game.
38. The number of lead changes in this game, the most in a single game this season in the entire NBA. This can be expected when two teams that are loaded with great players get together on one court.
The Thunder would throw the first punch, getting off to a hot start and grabbing a five point lead at the end of the first quarter, 28-23. Most of the credit would go to the two superstars on the team, Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. Durant would end the game with 25 points, nine rebounds and five assists. Westbrook chipped in 25 points, five rebounds and seven assists.
The Heat wouldn't go away easy though, outscoring the Thunder in the second quarter 27-23 to go into the halftime break only trailing by one. The Heat were led by their captain Dwyane Wade, who scored 28 points, grabbed four rebounds, and dished out four assists. Wade would also make two very clutch free throws with less than two seconds left in the game that would ultimately give the Heat the win. Also helping out for the Heat was All-Star forward Chris Bosh. Bosh had 16 points and eight rebounds. Wade and Bosh were two of five Heat players to score in double digits.
After Wade made his two free throws late in the game to give the Heat a 97-95 lead, Westbrook had one last shot to give the Thunder the win, which would fall short.
This win puts the Heat at 11-6 on the season. This is another quality home win against a great Western Conference team. Many think the Heat can make a run in the playoffs. If the Heat want to get this done they need to win this type of game. There is never a night off in the playoffs and every team is good enough to beat you.
The Thunder drop to 11-8 and are struggling out of the gates in this young NBA season. Westbrook and Durant are playing well, but have yet to make anyone else on the team better. Many critics of the duo have been saying this all season long. The Thunder will continue to lose games against good teams if they don't get their teammates involved.
What's next for both teams?
The Heat will stay in Miami for a huge matchup against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers, this Saturday at 7:00 p.m. CT on NBATV.
The Sacramento Kings will be the Thunder's next opponent. It will be a home game for the Thunder and will take place this Sunday at 6:00 p.m. CT.