MIAMI, FL - After the Miami Heat handed the Oklahoma City Thunder its first loss at home in the playoffs, the two teams head to Miami for the next three games of the series.
Lebron James and Kevin Durant both scored 32 points in game two, but it was the fast start by the Heat that proved to be the difference in the game.
Miami started the game on an 18-2 run, and while the Thunder got within two points with less than 40 seconds remaining in the game, the Heat were able to use their early lead to coast for the majority of the game.
This isn't the first time the Thunder has struggled out of the gates in these playoffs, and a lineup change may be in order if coach Scott Brooks wants to avoid another let down in the first twelve minutes.
One option is to start Sixth Man of the Year, James Harden, to not only provide scoring help in the starting lineup, but slow the game down and avoid the eratic mistakes that cost the Thunder early in game two.
Miami has played well at home ever since the "Big Three" of James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh came together two summers ago, but if the Heat want to keep the pressure on, Wade must play more like he did in game two, scoring 24 points (10-20 FG) to go with five assists and six rebounds, than he did in game one (19 points on 7-9 shooting).
Another key for the Heat is to put the pressure on Durant to play defense. Durant struggled with foul trouble in game two and never really found his rhythm until the end of the game.
Stay tuned to ABC15 following the game for post-game analysis from sports director Craig Fouhy and Phoenix Suns head coach Alvin Gentry.
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