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NBA Finals: Losses hurt, whether ahead or behind

The Thunder learned it's just as painful to lose while being ahead as it is when you're constantly coming from behind.
By John Rohde Published: June 20, 2012

Miami is shooting 38.9 percent (28 for 72) on 3-pointers in the Finals.

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Thunder reserve guard James Harden on the Thunder trailing 3-1 in the Finals: "We've won three games in a row before. It's not going to be easy. We still have one more chance at it."

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Russell Westbrook (43) and Kevin Durant combined for 71 of the Thunder's 98 points and were the only OKC players to score in double-figures. ... This marks only the second time this season the Thunder has lost three straight games. … Westbrook's 20 made field goals are the most in an NBA Finals game since Shaquille O'Neal had 21 field goals against Indiana in 2000.

RETIRED JERSEYS

The Heat has retired four jersey numbers, but only two played for the franchise and one didn't even play the sport.

Team president Pat Riley retired Michael Jordan's No. 23 before his final game in Miami during the 2002-03 season as a tribute to his career.

During the 2005-06 season, the organization honored Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Marino's No. 13 jersey for his contributions to the Miami Dolphins. However, the No. 13 jersey is still available for Heat players.

The two former Heat players to have their (much larger) jersey numbers retired are Alonzo Mourning (No. 33) and on March 30, 2009, and Tim Hardaway (No. 10) on Oct. 28, 2009.

RILEY HONORED

Before the game, Riley was presented the 2012 Chuck Daly Lifetime Achievement Award, which is presented by the National Basketball Coaches Association. Riley also has been honored as the NBA Coach of the Year on three occasions, the only coach in league history to receive the award with three different teams (Los Angeles, New York and Miami).

-- JOHN ROHDE


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