Nuggets from my notebook from Tuesday's loss at Miami.
- In a 48-minute battle, eight were all that mattered down here in Miami. The first four and the final four. Those stretches, if you couldn't see any other second, told the story of this Christmas Day clash of conference heavy hitters. The Thunder started slow and finished sloppy. It felt like the NBA Finals all over again, a Game 6 that never happened largely because those final four games in June were just like this. The remaining 40 minutes, of course, needed to be played and were wildly entertaining. But, unfortunately for the Thunder, they were nothing more than confirmation that the Thunder still isn't ready to handle the Heat in a seven-game series.