June 17, 2012 – Miami, FL
If it wasn’t a free for all in Game 3 of the NBA finals, it was free for the Miami Heat. As in, free throws. The Heat were 31 of 35 free throws while the Oklahoma City Thunder were 15 of 24, and that, coupled with Kevin Durant’s foul trouble in the third quarter, propelled the Heat to a 91-85 victory.
Lebron James led the Heat with 29 points and 14 rebounds while Dwyane Wade added 25 points, seven rebounds and seven assists. Chris Bosh was an ineffective 10 points (but 11 rebounds and two blocks) and Shane Battier scored nine.
Kevin Durant led the Thunder with 25 points and six rebounds, Russell Westbrook added 19 points and five rebounds, Kendrick Perkins had 10 and James Harden and Derek Fisher each had nine.
The Thunder were staging their third quarter comeback until Durant’s fourth foul with 5:41 left in the third quarter. Moments after Durant walked off the court, Coach Scott Brooks decided to sit Russell Westbrook and the Heat grabbed control of the game with the Thunder’s top two players on the sidelines by overcoming a 10-point deficit.
Lebron James played excellent defense on Kevin Durant in the fourth quarter and the Heat outscored the Thunder in every quarter except the second. The Thunder were unable to capitalize on the Heat’s nine turnovers in the fourth quarter.
Father’s Day might be over but Dad will still enjoy a day on golf course. Make a reservation for him if you go here and make his Father’s Day one to remember!