Heat 104, Thunder 94
Observations, news and notes from Sunday night’s game….
* The story behind Desmond Mason and Wade getting into it in the first half Sunday night? Mason didn’t appreciate Wade jawing at him. After Wade hit a jumper at one end, Mason was telling a ref Wade pushed off as the two jogged back down the court. Wade chimed in and began telling the ref he didn’t push off. Mason then turned to Wade and told him he did push off. It seemed like friendly competitive banter, but Mason is an intense player and wasn’t having it. Then again, Wade could have said some other things under his breath that I couldn’t hear from my press seat.<p>* Good effort by the Thunder for the most part but disappointing result considering Shawn Marion wasn’t in the lineup.
* Did the Thunder get fat and happy after winning two straight? Kevin Durant thinks so. “I think the success we had the last to games made us come out a little dead in the first half and it cost us,” he said. * I thought the play of the game was Mario Chalmers’ 3-pointer with 6:57 remaining. He pushed Miami’s lead back to eight after the Thunder had clawed back from a 13-point deficit, overcoming two consecutive jumpers from Dwyane Wade that were big.
* Here’s an idea: make it a point to get Jeff Green going offensively at the start of games. He scored 10 first-quarter points tonight but found his rhythm by making hustle plays and being aggressive. But why not start off the game going to him? Durant is going to get his whenever. Same for Russell Westbrook. Green, however, has a tendency to get lost in the shuffle or focus on other areas a little too much at times at the expense of his offense. Going to him early in the game can maximize the chances of having three solid scorers each night.
* The Thunder played Wade about as well as you can. You live with 32 points on 28 shot attempts.
* It was the other five Heat players in double figures that burned OKC, none of them named Michael Beasley.
* Nenad Krstic went 3-for-9 from the field. It’s clear he still isn’t in rhythm.</p>* Heat coach Erik Spoelstra mentioned how tough it is to play inside the Ford Center at least three times in his post game press conference. “I am glad we don’t have to play here again,” Spoelstra said.
* OKC did a good job of playing defense without fouling for the second straight game. Miami attempted just 14 free throws, and Wade went to the line only twice.
* We’re starting to see Kevin Durant’s playmaking skills develop. He had five assists tonight, the eighth time in the past 14 games he’s finished with at least four. Look out when he becomes a threat as a passer.
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