Once again it was riveting theater.
Once again it came down to the finish.
And while the Miami Heat moved to a 2-1 lead in these best-of-seven NBA Finals with a 91-85 victory Sunday night over the Oklahoma City Thunder at AmericanAirlines Arena, the sense is this series is just getting started.
With LeBron James and Kevin Durant again doing their part, the drama of the series’ first two games in Oklahoma City continued in round three of what is setting up as a true championship fight.
James led the Heat with 29 points, with Durant scoring 25 for the Thunder. James was supported by 25 points from Heat guard Dwyane Wade, with guard Russell Westbrook adding 19 points for the Thunder.
In another back-and-forth game, the Heat finally opened breathing room on a James 3-point play with 3:44 to play that resulted in Durant’s fifth foul. But, as they did in Game 2, the Thunder were aided by another late-game turnover by Wade, and they closed to within 86-85 with 90 seconds to play on a Westbrook jumper.
Chris Bosh then completed his second double-double in as many games with a pair of foul shots for an 88-85 Heat lead with 1:19 left.
Finally, with 16.2 seconds to play, James made the second of two free throws for an 89-85 Heat lead. A turnover on the ensuing inbounds pass by Thunder forward Thabo Sefolosha effectively ended it.