Defending 3-pointers: B. When Shane Battier was draining treys — three in the first 6:07 of the game — and the Heat as a team was 5-of-6 in the first quarter, the Thunder seemed to be lax on the arch. But far better to let the Heat launch than to let LeBron or Wade drive to the hoop, where they are magicians.
Ball distribution: A. The Thunder is getting the knack of this assist thing. OKC had 22 on 40 shots, led by Westbrook's 11. The Thunder has averaged 22.4 during its five-game winning streak.
Small ball: A. Brooks used his small lineup for 22 minutes, 24 seconds. It outscored the Heat 54-40. With the big lineup, the Thunder was outscored 51-54. Interestingly, same with the Heat — Miami's small lineup outscored the Thunder 69-68 in 311/2 minutes, but the Heat's big lineup was outscored 25-37. Look for both teams to use the small lineups more.