In the second matchup between the NBA's two best teams since last year's NBA Finals, the Miami Heat defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder 110-100 Thursday night. The margin is slimmer than it was throughout the contest, as the Heat completely dominated the first half, leading 63-46 at the break.
LeBron James continued his MVP pace with a massive double-double of 39 points and 12 boards. At all moments when it looked like the Thunder would creep back, James shot them down with a strong dunk or ridiculous off-balance three-pointer.
Kevin Durant ended up with 40 points, but was nowhere to be seen in the first half as the Heat were mounting their lead. It came back to bite him.