Oklahoma City Thunder
Kevin Durant scored 33 points, Serge Ibaka added 22 and the Oklahoma City Thunder erased an 18-point early deficit on the way to overwhelming the Miami Heat 112-95 on Wednesday night.
In what could be a NBA Finals preview, the hottest team in the NBA, the Oklahoma City Thunder, will take on the two-time defending NBA Champion Miami Heat Wednesday night at the AmericanAirlines Arena.
While the Miami Heat took the night off to sing a little “Battioke” with teammate Shane Battier, the NBA’s top MVP candidate near the halfway point of the season put on another show in Oklahoma City.
The Miami Heat will start the 2013-2014 season with one goal in mind, a three-peat. But, the Heat and its fans also know that the upcoming season could be the last with LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh as a unit in Miami.
Miami Heat superstar Dwyane Wade had a message for Oklahoma City Thunder superstar Kevin Durant on Instagram Tuesday night, “Note to self: Make him replace your place in history…again…”
Now that the second “Dwightmare” is over and mercurial center Dwight Howard has chosen the Houston Rockets as his next team, the big question is can he deliver first a Western Conference championship and then an NBA championship?
The Miami Heat did everything they could to give Sunday’s game to the Cleveland Cavaliers, including blowing a 22-point lead. Still, the Heat found a way to notch a 109-105 victory and push the team’s winning streak to 11 straight.
The Miami Heat hit the hardwood of the United Center Thursday night and by the end of the game against the Chicago Bulls had secured a ninth straight victory and served notice to the league that everyone should be very afraid when the Heat come to town.
The Miami Heat entered Thursday night’s contest as the hottest team in the NBA, led by the front-runner for the Most Valuable Player award, LeBron James. By the time the final horn sounded, the Heat had finished off the Oklahoma City Thunder for the sixth straight time, 110-100.
The Miami Heat will have a different lineup on the floor Thursday night than they have in recent weeks after power forward Udonis Haslem didn’t make the trip to Oklahoma City, according to the Palm Beach Post.