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Oklahoma City Thunder: How the Heat handled Finals heartbreak

OKC vs. MIAMI — A year ago the Miami Heat found itself in the same position the Thunder will be in for the Christmas Day Finals rematch.
by Darnell Mayberry Published: December 24, 2012
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photo - NBA BASKETBALL / CELEBRATION: Miami's LeBron James (6) and Dwyane Wade (3) celebrate during Game 5 of the NBA Finals between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena, Thursday, June 21, 2012. Oklahoma City lost 121-106. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
NBA BASKETBALL / CELEBRATION: Miami's LeBron James (6) and Dwyane Wade (3) celebrate during Game 5 of the NBA Finals between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena, Thursday, June 21, 2012. Oklahoma City lost 121-106. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

“Your focus is to get back,” Wade said. “You come into the next year, especially when you've got a very good team like they have, your whole focus is to get back to that position so you can (right) the ship.”

Wade said that burning desire lingered even throughout the lengthy NBA season.

“Yup. The whole time,” he said. “You'll never forget it. If you're a competitor, you'll never forget it. And it drives you, especially the following year.”

Bosh recalls how that nagging memory motivated him and his teammates.

“It hurts, but you're super motivated to get back going with the season,” Bosh said. “You're motivated for everything. Everything is another chance to take that step to get back to that point. And you know that you have to do more.

“That's the main thing that we were thinking about, like, today we did good but we need more from each other in order to do better. Because we know if we do the same thing that we did last year we're fooling ourselves. So we expect them to be more motivated to do more as a team and (this game) should be a lot of fun.”