3-point shooting: D. The Thunder's series-long slump continued. The Thunder made just four of 17 3-pointers before making seven of 11 in the fourth quarter, when they didn't matter. Meanwhile, the Heat stayed hot. Miami made 12 of 21 3-pointers. The biggest difference in this series was 3-point shooting. The Thunder made 32 of 105 (30.5 percent); the Heat made 42 of 98 (42.9 percent). OKC entered the Finals the better deep-shooting team.
Touch: D. In the second quarter, when the Thunder desperately tried to stay within striking distance, three times it put up shots that went in but not down. Harden's 3-point shot would have made it 36-35 but rattled out. Durant's 17-footer would have made it 41-36 but did the same. Then Westbrook's leaner, which drew a foul, went in and out with Miami up 55-40.
Exploiting foul trouble: D. The Heat took advantage when Durant encountered foul trouble in Game 3. The Thunder did not take advantage in Game 5 when Dwyane Wade had to sit. Wade's second foul sent him to the bench with 4:01 left in the first quarter and the Heat up 20-15. But the teams played to an 11-11 tie the rest of the period, sans Wade. Then Wade picked up foul No. 3 and sat out the final 5:35 of the second quarter, but the Thunder outscored Miami just 13-11 during that span. Perhaps most regrettable, the Thunder didn't attack Wade when he got his second foul — Wade played the next 2:37, guarding Harden, but Harden attacked Wade only once and missed a drive.