Late-game execution: D. The Thunder scored on just four of 13 possessions in the final six minutes, after Russell Westbrook's foul shots forged a 90-90 tie. The Thunder made just three of nine shots and committed three turnovers. On one of the Thunder's few solid plays, Thabo Sefolosha hit the side of the backboard on a 3-point shot that would have tied it with 1:07 left.
Russell Westbrook: A. A game for the ages for one of the NBA lightning rods. Westbrook had 43 points on 20 of 32 shooting, seven rebounds and five assists. If you want to quibble, Westbrook had a huge turnover with 3:54 left in the game, dribbling the ball off his foot and out of bounds, with the Thunder up 94-92. After Chris Bosh's ensuing basket, OKC never led again.
Middle-quarters defense: D. The Heat made just 17 of 43 shots combined in the first and fourth quarters. But Miami sizzled in the middle quarters. The Heat made 11 of 20 shots and scored 27 points in the second quarter, when it had two turnovers. Then the Heat made 10 of 16 shots and scored 33 points in the third quarter, when it had no turnovers.
James Harden: C. Harden had another miserable offensive game, with eight points on 2-of-10 shooting and four turnovers. Harden's game was embodied by his steal with 10 minutes left and Miami up 80-79. With a clear path to the basket, Harden slowed up to get a better angle or draw a foul — and missed the layup. But give Harden credit. He found a way to contribute, with 10 rebounds.
Defensive rebounding: C. The Thunder allowed the Heat 12 offensive rebounds, which is not an outrageous number. But Miami made the most of those rebounds, with 15 second-chance points. And the Heat really made the Thunder pay in the fourth quarter. With Miami up 80-79, the Heat scored off offensive rebounds on two straight possessions — and those rebounds came from unlikely sources James Jones and Udonis Haslem. Then Haslem's rebound of a Dwyane Wade air ball with 17.3 seconds left, led to a jump ball. Miami won the tip and put away the game.
Role players: C. In a series in which Shane Battier starred for the Heat in Oklahoma City and Mario Chalmers had 25 points on 15 shots in Game 4, the Thunder is waiting for someone to shine besides Kevin Durant and Westbrook. Nick Collison had an excellent first quarter (six points, three rebounds) but had just one rebound and no points in 10 minutes after that. Serge Ibaka was OK, with four points and seven rebounds in 27 minutes. Derek Fisher was nothing more than a floor-spreader, with nothing to show for 22 minutes other than one steal and one missed shot.
Rotations: B. Scotty Brooks' decision to move Durant over to Chalmers and let Sefolosha cover LeBron James paid off. Chalmers had some early success darting around Durant, but Westbrook did a good job defending Wade, and most importantly, Durant didn't get in foul trouble. A little more Collison (17-plus minutes) would have been nice, but Kendrick Perkins was as productive as Collison, in the same amount of time.
Pace: A. The Thunder won the transition game, outscoring the Heat 17-9 on fast breaks. The Heat got loose for some quick baskets, but for the most part, the Thunder was the aggressor in transition.
Kevin Durant: B. It's a high standard Durant has set, but his 28 points on 9-of-19 shooting was a little shy of what we've come to expect from KD in this series. Durant's two rebounds, three assists and three turnovers were just so-so. Durant's defense on LeBron in the fourth quarter was good, though.