Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Miami Heat: Postgame Grades and Analysis

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Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Miami Heat: Postgame Grades and Analysis
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Let's all take a moment and thank Santa Claus for the amazing Christmas gift we all got in the Miami Heat vs. Oklahoma City Thunder thriller.

Led by LeBron James and Kevin Durant, the Heat and Thunder went back and forth throughout the night, with the Heat ultimately ending on top, 103-97. The main difference between LeBron and Durant's performance was consistency, however, as Durant missed a good chunk of the first half due to foul trouble.

LeBron, on the other hand, was as consistent as ever. He ended the night with 29 points, nine assists, eight rebounds, two steals and one block, all while shooting 60 percent from the floor. Durant wasn't far behind LeBron, dropping 33 points on 52.3 percent shooting. 

The real difference-maker in this one, though, was Mario Chalmers, who, for the first time this year, put together an efficient and productive performance with 20 points on 8-of-14 shooting.

While the Thunder have a better record, it's clear that the Heat are still the top team in the NBA. With LeBron playing like the league's MVP, it's clear that the Heat are going to be very hard to beat. Throw in some solid production from Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and Chalmers and you've got a very dangerous team.

When the Heat are playing complete basketball they are next-to-impossible to top, and so are the Thunder. Another Christmas day, and another memorable Christmas day NBA matchup featuring two of the best teams in the game. 

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