Watch Highlights From The NBA Game Between The Oklahoma City Thunder v The Miami Heat On Feb. 14
OKLAHOMA CITY (Sporting Alert) – LeBron James led the Miami Heat to a 110-100 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder at Chesapeake Energy Arena, here in Oklahoma City on Thursday night.
Oklahoma City Thunder v The Miami Heat Highlights
James, who scored 39 points, pulled down 12 rebounds and dished out seven assists, saw his NBA record streak of scoring 30 or more points with at least 60 percent shooting from the field ended at six, wasn’t too bothered by that, stating his main focus was just to get the win.
The Miami Heat have now won seven games in a row and have also beaten the Oklahoma City Thunder in their six meetings, dating back to last year’s NBA Final.
Miami jumped on the Thunder early with James scoring 23 points in the first half.
However, with the reigning MVP on the bench, the Thunder rallied in the fourth quarter to cut the Heat’s 23-point advantage down to eight until James was quickly introduced back into the game.
“We kinda let our guard down there a little bit in the fourth quarter,” LeBron said on NBA.com.
“But I was just trying to make plays for my teammates. We had a great game plan and went out and executed it.”
He added: “Winning is hard to come by in professional sports. That’s what it’s about.
“Sixty percent doesn’t matter. Winning is all that matters. The individual accolades will take care of itself.”
Chris Bosh had 20 points and 12 rebounds in the win for Miami, with Ray Allen and Dwyane Wade each scoring 13 points apiece.
Kevin Durant recovered from a poor early shooting slump to finish with a game high 40 points, but besides Russell Westbrook, who had 26 points and 10 assists, no other Oklahoma City play got into double figures on the night.
Commenting on his battle with James, Durant, who went 0-for-4 in the first half said, “It’s fun. I take on the challenge every time we’re playing.
“He had a great game. He was making some tough shots, man – one-leggers, fadeaways in corners, 3s. So, you’ve got to tip your hat to that.
“I just wanted to keep putting pressure on him. I missed a few and then I started to hit in the fourth. I just tried to will my team back in the game, but it didn’t work.”
The defeat saw the Thunder dropping back-to-back games for the first time since losing to Minnesota and these Miami Heat in December.
“They jumped on us early and we were playing uphill the rest of the way,” admits Thunder head coach Scott Brooks.
“We kept fighting but it was just too late. They doubled every screen and made us take bad shots.
“We’re not as bad as what we played tonight, but I was anticipating a much better game.”