Heat fans can start worrying about that elbow now. The jumper was way off yet again. Kevin Durant made sure that he got under LeBron's skin from the get-go, playing physical and never giving an inch. LeBron tried to force shots initially, but then settled for jumpers for much of the night. Durant surely got the best of LeBron on Sunday.
Unfortunately for the Heat, 70-foot shots don't count for 17 points. That third-quarter buzzer-beater was the rare bright spot for the Heat on Sunday. After getting shaken up early on a hard screen from Nick Collison, Wade eventually found his groove. Guarding James Harden proved to be a taxing challenge on the other end, but Wade was uncharacteristically sloppy with the ball.
Just when the Oklahoma City crowd calmed down in the second quarter, Bosh started giving the ball away and it led to a pivotal Thunder run. Bosh seemed to be working at a lower gear than the rest of the players on the floor and barely put a dent on the boards. He held the Heat back on both ends of the floor.
When Kendrick Perkins and Serge Ibaka combine for 35 points, you know there were gaping holes on the defensive end. Whereas the Heat struggled to penetrate the paint, the Thunder routinely punctured the Heat's normally airtight defense with crisp passes. Durant hit tough shots all night, but more concerning for the Heat was the onslaught of open dunks.
The Thunder jumped out to a scorching start, nailing 10 of its first 11 shots from the floor and they never looked back. Durant gave LeBron everything he could handle and shifted the MVP debate back in his favor. The scoring output from the Thunder bigs was a welcomed surprise for Scotty Brooks. The Thunder couldn't have made a bigger statement in a March tilt.
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