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Thunder 97 - HEAT 103 Game Recap

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The Miami HEAT defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder on Christmas night 103-97. It was the HEAT's fifth straight win over the Thunder dating back to Game 2 of the NBA Finals. The win pushed the HEAT's record to 19-6. The HEAT play the Bobcats in Charlotte tomorrow night.

Impact Performance of the Night: The LeBron James of tonight’s victory looked a lot like the LeBron James of the NBA Finals in June. James finished with 29 points, nine assists, eight rebounds, three steals and a block. He was the driving force behind the HEAT’s offense and played terrific defense. Kevin Durant still scored 33 points, but it wasn’t because of a lack of defense.

The Deciding Run: In the early stages of the fourth quarter, the HEAT and Thunder were tied at 79. Two free throws and two Mario Chalmers jumpers later, the HEAT were up seven. That gave the HEAT enough cushion to trade points with the Thunder down the stretch.

Play of the Game: Chris Bosh finished with a fairly quiet 16 points and six rebounds, but he scored the biggest basket of the night. After Kevin Durant cut the HEAT lead to one with 44 seconds left, the HEAT called a timeout to regroup. Out of the break, LeBron James found Chris Bosh cutting to the rim for a slam dunk. The HEAT went up three and were able to hold on from there.

Sum It Up, Coach: “That felt a little bit like a different month. Regardless of what your script is coming into the game, when you play a team like this team it’s not going to go according to script. They’re too good, instinctual. They make great plays. They’re relentless. They just keep on coming at you. At the end of the day you just have to find a way. “ –Erik Spoelstra

Efficiency Rating: Offensive Rating: 110.3; Defensive Rating: 103.5

Trend to Watch: The HEAT defense has been clicking of late, and against the Thunder it was very strong again. The HEAT’s pressure caused 17 turnovers, which was a big drain on the Thunder offense. The ball-hawking the HEAT have exhibited recently been a huge boost. If the HEAT are getting their hands on passes, blocking shots and causing 24 second violations, they’ll be in good shape.

The Takeaway: That was probably the best game we’ll see all season. There were big momentum shifts, big plays by big stars and a whole lot of energy. If you’ve got the game recorded, save it and rewatch it over and over again. It was that fun. Going forward, it’s a nice win, but it doesn’t portend much. The HEAT and Thunder were title contenders entering the game. Nothing tonight changed that.

Notes: Dwyane Wade finished with 21 points, five rebounds and three assists. Mario Chalmers scored a season-high 20 points, making four three-pointers. Kevin Durant finished with 33 points and seven rebounds. Russell Westbrook scored 21 points and grabbed 11 rebounds.

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Sorry Danny but how could you miss the 10,000 points made by Mike Miller on that back 2 back 3s action ?

Anyway good sum up !

Let's go heat

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Sorry Danny but how could you miss the 10,000 points made by Mike Miller on that back 2 back 3s action ?

Anyway good sum up !

Let's go heat

They were nice, but the HEAT were outscored during his time on the floor.

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Good summary Danny,but the 1o,ooopts was still worth a mention even if MIAMI was outscored during M&M's time on the court.Also RIO's fast start to set the tone was huge also,still good summary,nonetheless...TEAM HEAT since '88!

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Officiating made the game tough to watch....slowing it down to a crawl, missed calls buffered by ticky tac makeup calls on the following possessions.

Kinda scary that the Thunder have a championship contender playing like they do. Some god-awful basketball being played by some brilliant players.

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Now that's a great Christmas present. There was a HUGE free throw disparity, and we still prevailed!

I swear the refs favor other players...the foul on Wade against urant when K threw him to the floor....ridiculous!

Anyways, they tried as hard as they could to make the defending champs lose on Christmas Day, but it was not enough!

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It took a while but the Championship defense is coming back around.

It was only a matter of time but we knew it would change. This is why I just lol'd at posters like Agent006 who were so adamant about our team being doomed and we weren't gonna fix it.

Any how, I only see it getting better from here and Cole has been a gem for us on the defensive end. We just have to keep working and fix up some more gaps we have. We still have room to improve but we look damn sure better than we did a month ago

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It was only a matter of time but we knew it would change. This is why I just lol'd at posters like Agent006 who were so adamant about our team being doomed and we weren't gonna fix it.

Any how, I only see it getting better from here and Cole has been a gem for us on the defensive end. We just have to keep working and fix up some more gaps we have. We still have room to improve but we look damn sure better than we did a month ago

Yea, Im with you. The defense get better as the season goes along. Last year in the series against the Knicks our defense was stupid good. It made you feel like there was six players out there guarding.

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They were nice, but the HEAT were outscored during his time on the floor.

I still disagree with you ! We need to have a news about Mike Miller hitting 10,000 points in his career. Period !

Why do we have to go to nba website to read that news and not in our forum ? i mean come on !

Is that too much to ask to add 2 lines about it ? And he did in a great action a back 2 back 3 points

http://www.nba.com/2012/news/12/25/mike-miller-hits-milestone.ap/index.html

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Lol alot of people were complaining about Westbrick being hacked on the game tying try but never refer to the Perkins shove that got the ball to him.

They never mention **** like that. Same thing with the finals and Lebron's "double foul" on Durant. Durant wasn't even supposed to be in the game because Battier drew the nastiest charge and it was waived off. The announcers knew what was going on and noone talked about it. The league doesn't want a star player to foul out; it's a business.

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