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James answered by banking in a jumper for his first basket of the final period, as the Big Three combined for all but one of Miami’s seven field goals in the fourth quarter.
"The clock is going really fast, but I tried to slow it down in my mind and get a good shot," James said of the play. "I had a couple turnovers in the fourth quarter that I didn’t like because I wasn’t aggressive enough. I was glad I was able to make a good bucket and some free throws down the stretch.
The Heat were more impressive early.
The Thunder missed 11 of their first 12 shots, and when James capped a run of 13 straight Miami points with a basket, it was 18-2 with 4:51 remaining in the period.
Coach Scott Brooks had talked to his team about its poor starts and told the Thunder during a first-quarter timeout that the Heat were playing harder than they were. The Heat kept it up, pushing it to 25-8 on Wade’s jumper with 2:39 left.
With Durant sitting with two fouls, only Harden kept it from becoming a complete blowout, coming off the bench to score 10 points in the period. The Thunder cut it to 27-15 as the first period ended with Serge Ibaka rising high to stop James’ dunk attempt, shaking his finger afterward like Dikembe Mutombo.
Oklahoma City tried to chip away, getting within eight about midway through the second, but the Heat had it back up to 17 with about 2 minutes to go and took a 55-43 lead into the break, holding the Thunder to their lowest-scoring first half of the season.
Notes: The Heat used their 25th different lineup in their 86 games this season, including seventh of the postseason. The most frequently used lineup in the regular season, with James, Wade, Bosh, Chalmers and center Joel Anthony, has not opened a game in the postseason after going 27-10 during the regular season. ... Reserve James Jones checked in for the Heat in the first quarter after missing Game 1 with a migraine. ... Former Oklahoma star running back Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings was at the game. ... A powerful storm knocked out power in many South Florida homes, keeping Heat fans from seeing the entire game.
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