Probably the most clutch 1-for-2 trip to the line in LeBron's career. LeBron was a monster in the paint just like he was in Game 2 -- attacking the rim with reckless abandon on cuts, offensive boards and drives. But that all slowed down in the second half. James had a tough time scoring on Thabo Sefolosha when Kevin Durant got in foul trouble, but he crushed the Thunder inside.
Durant was overheard uttering "too small" in Dwyane Wade's face in the second quarter and Wade was just that down the stretch. He registered an and-1 late, but it went all downhill from there. Thabo Sefolosha wrapped him up down the stretch and it almost cost the Heat a win. His first-half ills continued as he missed 10 of his 15 shots before the halftime buzzer.
Hey, remember when the Wade-Bosh pick-and-roll was unstoppable? It seems like a lifetime ago that the Thunder defense was completely flummoxed by the high screen in the first quarter of Game 3. Bosh got easy bucket after easy bucket then but mostly disappeared offensively thereafter. Bosh couldn't hit a shot after the first quarter, but his boards made up for it.
We saw "Wario" Chalmers on Sunday. He struggled to do anything right in Game 3 and his futility hit rock-bottom when he gift-wrapped a four-point play to Derek Fisher in the third quarter. He is usually good for one terrible play a game, but that foul takes the cake. The Heat normally don't survive without getting something, anything, from Chalmers, but Game 3 was the exception.
Looking back on the game, that fourth foul on Durant broke the Thunder's back. Durant was forced to sit on the bench for the final six minutes of the third quarter and watch their seven-point lead evaporate. They couldn't recover from that, not when James Harden seemingly forgot how to play basketball.