Combining a perfect 12-of-12 from the line, James scored nine of his 10 field goals from inside the paint, accounting for 30 of his 32 points.
“For me, it's all about aggression,” James said. “You know, I just try to get into the paint, make things happen, create for myself, create for others and put some pressure on their defense.
When that jumper was needed, James brushed off the cobwebs and banked in a clutch 17-foot runner late in the fourth quarter for one of the game's bigger baskets.
Slicing through the lane, Dwyane Wade dropped off a swift bounce pass to Bosh. Perfect pass, Bosh dunk, 98-91 Heat lead with 53 seconds left.
Oklahoma City called timeout, some fans filed for the exits and the inevitability of a split was felt throughout the arena.
But then a wild sequence unfolded, with Kevin Durant scoring five points in 13 seconds, made possible by a critical Miami turnover in the open court.
“I mean, it was a tough situation to be in, especially with them,” Bosh said. “They're long and athletic. You know, if you're in the middle of the court, you really don't know where everybody is coming from.”
The late miscue is irrelevant now, but that play nearly turned into a costly error that potentially swings a series.
“They're going to trail us and really tap the ball from behind and make it tough on us,” Bosh said. “But we'll be more prepared for that in Game 3, if we come in that same situation.”