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NBA Finals: The 5 plays that defined Game 2

These swing plays made the difference as the Heat evened the series with the OKC Thunder.
by Darnell Mayberry Published: June 15, 2012
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3. Wade fadeaway

The second of three ridiculous shots the Heat made to hold off the Thunder, again with the shot clock winding down. Wade cut to the lane and received a pass from James. In one motion, Wade then hit a fadeaway jumper over Sefolosha with 2.3 seconds showing on the shot clock. The shot put the Heat ahead by seven at 94-87 with 2:58 remaining.

4. Westbrook turnover

Just when it looked like the Thunder was gaining momentum and mounting a charge that would be too much for the Heat to overcome, this blunder thwarted that rally. It started off so promising. The Heat was about ready to come apart. Miami looked discombobulated while missing two of its previous four shots, and the two field goals that the Heat did make came on its aforementioned improbable jumpers. As the Heat struggled to get this possession off to a quality start, chaos ensued. Finally, Bosh set a ball screen for James before diving toward the rim. As he did, James tried to thread the needle to him. But Durant came up with a deflection and corralled the ball for a turnover. The ball landed in Westbrook's hands, but as he raced up the court, he lost awareness of his surroundings. When he did, Heat guard Mario Chalmers chased him down, poked away the ball and registered a steal that gave the ball back to Miami. The Heat didn't score on the added possession, but the Thunder's giveaway allowed precious seconds to tick off the game clock.

5. LeBron goes glass

Westbrook had just atoned for his turnover with a putback layup off a missed reverse layup by Durant. The bucket cut the Heat's lead to 94-91 with 1:47 remaining. The Thunder was on the way to yet another comeback victory in this postseason. But James, who had dominated all game, delivered his most significant play of the night. Ironically, it was his only field goal of the fourth quarter. It came on an isolation against Thabo Sefolosha — and for the third time in the final five minutes, the shot clock was winding down. James, starting from the left wing, sized up Sefolosha before putting the ball on the floor and pulling up to sink a 15-foot bank shot with 3.1 seconds showing on the shot clock. It gave Miami a 96-91 lead.

by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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