Q1 After Shane Battier’s 3-pointer, Dewayne Wade knocks in a bucket putting Miami
up 7-2. Kendrick Perkins controls the paint. At the other end Serge Ibaka puts a block on Wade but Wade comes back singing, “I want you back,” with a take-away steal then beat the race to the rim with defenders in hot pursuit (13-2). Wade does it again – takes away the ball, then Battier hits 3 (16-2). The clock runs out for the Thunder with 24-second violation. LeBron James backs up to the rim and makes the shot count (18-2). Thunder Coach, Scott Brooks, says, “They are playing hard. “Well Yea, this is the play-off.” Wade with a fake shot draws a 2nd foul on Kevin Durant with 3:40 in Q1 21-8. Wade with a rebound, hits 2 at the other end (26-8). Heat is assaulting on offense and committing battery on defense. Russel Westbrook goes up but comes down with a 2nd foul. Heat’s defense sends James Harden to the line for 3 as the sun sets on Q1. Heat leads 27-15.
Q2 Wade floats 2 to the rim over tight defense, then Wade comes back with a block. Norris Cole glides to the rim and banks 2. Thabo Sefolosha adds 3 (33-19) . Oklahoma gets an offensive rebound and puts back to narrow the Heat’s lead to 10 (35-25). Wade silences the crowd with a jumper (37-27). Durant pulls up and adds 2 in flight (37-29). Bosh and Ibaka rush for the ball headed to the back court, both go down. Battier hits 3 (42-29). Westbrook hits 3 (42-32). Wade drives but a hit by Harden sends him into the laps of the camera men. Wade settles for 2 at the line (44-32 Q2 4:42). With arms like spiderman,
Durant snatches Wade’s rebound. Oklahoma gets a break when Mario Chalmers gets bumped out-of-bounds. Bosh throws down (46-34), then blocks a lay up. Sefolosha returns the block at the other end. It’s on now. LeBron drives back for a lay up (48-34) and Chalmers knocks in a 3-pointer (51-34). Sefolosha responds with 3. LeBron fakes, “Fooled you,” then puts it in (53-39). Harden says, “Take this,” and hits a wide open 3 (53-42). LeBron at the line adds 2 (55-42). Q2 ends 55-43. Wade is feeling it as he goes into the locker room at half time with 13 points, confident, saying, “We’re going to win.” Yea, Wade County is in Chesapeake’s house.”
Q3 Durant gets warmed up with 2 (55-45). Battier steps in drawing an offensive foul on Kevin Durant his 3rd. LeBron gets blocked by Sefolosha but LeBron puts it back. LeBron and Durant both with 3 fouls (59-46). Westbrook hits 3 (59-49). Wade hits 2 from the corner (63-50). Durant responds with 2 (63-52). Bosh snatches his 11th rebound. Here comes Wade driving in for a lay-up. He doesn’t get stopped for speeding and adds 2 (67-52). Westbrook defines in-your-face defense, squatting face-to-face looking the offense eye-to-eye. Kevin Durant hangs out in the corner and when the time is right hits 3 (67-55).
Battier says, “I got this” wide open hits his 3rd 3-pointer. Westbrook sneaks into the paint for 2 while Haslem is ambushed by Kevin Perkins. Battier knocks in 3 (70-61). 4th foul on Kevin Durant trying to stop LeBron James. Durant did anybody teach you not to step on the tracks when a train is coming? LeBron adds 2 at the line. Westbrook drives in but gets blocked when Udonis Haslem out jumps him. Kevin Perkins against 3 flames fights to keep the ball. James Harden runs smack into Cole sending him to the floor, “Man down.” (76-65) James Jones shoots off the dribble as Q3 winds down. Westbrook comes back with a quick 2. Q3 ends with Heat leading by 11 (78-67).
Wade starts Q4 with a floater (80-69). Durant picks up his 5th foul but he’s not headed to the bench. Wade clenches another 3. Bosh hustles for the rebound. In a race against time, Cole races to the ball before it goes into the back court. Wade stumbles on a wet spot, setting Fisher up for a fall. Bosh at the line adds 2 (82-69). Chalmers gets bumped by Harden and goes flying down to the floor, offensive foul sends the ball back to the Heat. 4Q 8:44 along the sidelines Durant hits 3 with Battier’s hand in his face (82-72). Durant comes back and throws down to cut the Heats lead to 8 (82-74). Harden gets
into the paint to score. Chesapeake energy is flowing like wildfire. Wade under the basket gets stripped but fouled. At the line Wade stops a 7-0 run. Against body-to-body defense LeBron passes to Bosh for a throw-down. It’s a showdown with 6:20 remaining in Q4. Westbrook draws a 4th foul on LeBron adding 2 plus 1 at the line. Wade banks his 22nd shot (87-81). Harden aggressively attacks for 2 (87-83). Battier makes it look easy, hitting his 5th 3-pointer. Durant answers with 3 (90-86). LeBron James is fouled by Nick Collison. Bosh is furious and playing fearlessly. Durant goes up and Battier comes down with his 3rd foul. At the line Durant adds 1 of 2 (92-87). Wade banks another 2 (94-87). Westbrook drives to the basket and makes a hole-in-one (94-89 2;31). The Heat loses the ball but takes it back then loses the ball again, a crucial turnover, allowing Westbrook to score, bringing the Thunder within 3 (94-91). LeBron hits his 30th point with a little over a minute to play (96-91). On a pass from Wade. Bosh throws down (94-91). Durant comes back attacking the rim with a quick 2. Heat ball the Thunder makes a quick foul to stop the clock with 48 seconds. (In basketball land, 48 seconds is forever). A steal by Oklahoma to Durant hits 3. “This is the longest 48 seconds and it’s taking years off my life.” Heat leads by 2 with 12 seconds in the game and Oklahoma has the ball. Hearts are pounding. LeBron saves the day, with the rebound and 2 at the line giving Miami a 3-point lead with 7 seconds. Miami holds on to its lead 100-96 (Final Score). It’s heart break for Oklahoma City, which has never lost a home game in their arena this entire season.
The Heat flies home to celebrate Father’s Day with their families. “Are you kidding me?” This is a bad week to celebrate Father’s Day. Can we postpone it til next week after we win the next three games. You can’t celebrate Father’s Day, not on Sunday, June 17, with
a game at 8:00 p.m. Wade this is your county so you make the call. Issue a proclamation that in Wade County, Father’s Day will be celebrated on next Sunday, June 24th. “I know you guys always complain that Mother’s Day gets all the attention. But listen, we promise we’ll make it up to you. We acknowledge you all for being great dads, (Especially you Wade. Not many father’s fight for their children the way you did?), but listen guys, this is it. Win or go home. So on this father’s day, let’s celebrate winning. Three more wins and you will never forget this Father’s Day. Right now, just play ball.