At this point, the MVP may indeed be LeBron's to lose following that performance. To kick off the Christmas Day festivities in Miami, LeBron opened with a -- dare I say -- thunderous slam early in the first quarter and finished with a great look to Bosh late. James quieted down after a ferocious first half, but still ended up with a near triple-double. Again.
Wade left with a leg cramp late in the third quarter, but returned in the fourth quarter just in time for a near-brawl that led to him getting T'd up. Wade dominated early in the fourth quarter, but fizzled late. A fumbled turnover with just under a minute to go nearly broke the Heat's back, but overall, this was another inspired effort from Wade.
Clutch dunk, huh? After an OKC defensive breakdown, Bosh got wide open and caught LeBron's feed to push the Heat up three with 25.5 seconds left. Bosh showed little ill effects after missing Saturday's game with a cold. Yeah, the 80-degree weather in Miami helps. Bosh wasn't able to get into the flow in this one, but it didn't matter.
With Chalmers, you take the good with the bad and Chalmers was great on Tuesday. Something about OKC makes Chalmers tick. After dropping 25 points in Game 4 of the Finals, Chalmers tied his season high in the first quarter alone with 12 points. Chalmers may have gotten a little too excited at times, but that's par for the course.
Can we just start the 2013 Finals already? Even offseason pals Durant and LeBron were jawing at each other by the end of this game. The Thunder absorbed a big blow in the first half when their three-time leading scorer sat out with foul trouble, but they managed to stay in the game thanks to free throws. Tough loss, but why so many minutes for Kendrick Perkins?