By Anthony Slater – Aslater@opubco.com - @anthonyVslater
Miami beat Oklahoma City for the sixth straight time on Thursday night, 110-100, in the final game before the All-Star break. Here’s some rapid reaction:
LeBron’s entire first half. But particularly this cold-blooded stretch, when he put up 10 points in less than two minutes of game action, using a variety of off-balance, out-of-this-world fadeaways:
It was over when…
…LeBron staved off a final Thunder rally, drilling a fallaway leaner, followed by an inbounds alley-oop, to cap a brilliant night. He finished with 39 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists on 14/24 shooting and 4/8 from three.
Star of the game – LeBron
You heard and saw enough from him tonight. So I’ll leave you with this stat – At one point late in the third quarter, he had more points, offensive rebounds, defensive rebounds, assists and steals than any Thunder player. OKC filled up the stat sheet in the fourth, but his dominance up until that point won this game.
Kevin Durant closed this one out valiantly, shooting 8/10 in the fourth quarter and scoring 26 in the second half. But his inefficient first half played a big role in the loss. He didn’t make any of his first seven shots and finished the first 24 minutes 4/14 from the field. Nitpicking at this point, especially on a night he finished with 40, but definitely a factor.
Chris Bosh finished with 20 points and 12 rebounds. Kendrick Perkins and Serge Ibaka combined for 14 points and 11 rebounds. Huge difference in this one.
Stat of the game
-OKC is now 23-4 at home this season. Three of those losses have been to Eastern Conference teams.
Rough fall for Durant in the first quarter. But it didn’t even force him to miss a second of game action.
A lengthy break for most of the Thunder players, with it being All-Star weekend. But the two Thunder stars (Westbrook/KD) will be spending their time in Houston, competing in the showcase. Rough life. The second half picks up next Wednesday in Houston. Game tips at 7 p.m.