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NBA finals Game 2: Miami picks up defense, leads 55-43 at half

Jun 14, 2012, 10:33 PM EST

Miami Heat v Oklahoma City Thunder – Game Two Getty Images

The Miami Heat have gotten what they need.

Dwyane Wade came out looking like his old self, aggressive and attacking. Chris Bosh had 10 points and 10 rebounds in the first half. Miami had great ball movement. The Heat defense, particularly transition defense, that was missing in Game 1 was back in Game 2 as the Thunder had no fast break points in the first half.

The result is a 55-43 halftime lead for the Heat in Game 2.

The real question is can the Heat keep it up for 48 minutes? That has been their downfall all season, a lack of consistent effort for 48 minutes. Remember they led Game 1 by 7 at the half.

The Heat need to play another half like that — remember Oklahoma City leads the series 1-0. If the Heat go down 0-2 it is a long, long road back.

This may be as good a half of basketball as the Heat have played this season.
Wade came out much more active and aggressive, attacking and finding the open man (an early Shane Battier three, LeBron James cutting baseline). Heat race out 13-2 lead and it became 20-6 as Heat got the lead up to 17. Wade had 13 points on 11 shots, LeBron had 14 in the half.

Oklahoma City shot 5-for-20 to start the game and just 34.1 percent for the half. They are as close as they are because James Harden had 17 off the bench and played like the Sixth man of the Year.

Foul trouble could be interesting — Wade, LeBron and Durant all have 2 fouls. All sat for stretches of the first half with foul trouble.

  1. bestcoastinfluence - Jun 14, 2012 at 10:38 PM

    looked a lot like the first half game 1. lets see what happens in the second half.

    • 1972wasalongtimeago - Jun 15, 2012 at 12:22 AM

      We’re playing a BEAST. OKC is like a Bionic Octopus with 16 legs, and all of the legs are able to shoot, run, and defend. To beat that team, in that environment, is an extraordinary accomplishment by the Heat.

      13

      • edweird0 - Jun 15, 2012 at 12:50 AM

        Considering we were the first ones to do it, you could deff day that again.

  2. Mr. Wright 212 - Jun 14, 2012 at 11:16 PM

    Both halves a repeat of Game 1. Except the refs are blatantly cheating for Miami.

    • edweird0 - Jun 14, 2012 at 11:42 PM

      Except the thunder have actually shot more free throws.

    • finalword33 - Jun 15, 2012 at 12:05 AM

      LOL! Refs! Let it be known you were first to whine about refs.

    • Tim Donaghy Institute of Refereeing - Jun 15, 2012 at 12:32 AM

      That game was called correctly.

  3. isujames - Jun 14, 2012 at 11:51 PM

    Nice try OKC,where my Heat haters @???? Quier as a church mouse

    • finalword33 - Jun 14, 2012 at 11:57 PM

      You mean queer or quieter?

      • Tim Donaghy Institute of Refereeing - Jun 15, 2012 at 12:33 AM

        Why, you interested?

  4. isujames - Jun 14, 2012 at 11:52 PM

    Next 3 in M.I.A. Good luck Lol.

    • Mr. Wright 212 - Jun 15, 2012 at 12:53 AM

      Playing 5 on 8, it’d be a miracle if the series even made it back to OKC.

  5. finalword33 - Jun 15, 2012 at 12:00 AM

    Heat took care of the business they didn’t take care of in 1. They attacked relentlessly. Heat passing was sharper (though Lebron/Bosh need to work that out under the rim). Heat made their frees. Uh oh, Battier did it again. Double uh oh, Lebron did keep Durant down until he got into foul trouble. Bosh got rebounds. That’s tough to beat, especially back home in Miami.

  6. finalword33 - Jun 15, 2012 at 12:03 AM

    The reason Lebron is actually so much better than Durant is that Lebron is so good in the face of a world of hate and negativity and pressure. Lebron is good despite all that. Durant is great, but plays free of that pressure. Nothing against him. If Lebron played pressure free, he’d be MVP for years to come with no problem in finals. He gets this ring, and that pressure’s gone.

    • Mr. Wright 212 - Jun 15, 2012 at 12:53 AM

      James brought it on himself. Durant knows how to shut his mouth and stop trying to make everyone like him one minute, and say stupid nonsense to alienate 90% of them the next.

  7. jadyn3 - Jun 15, 2012 at 12:05 AM

    It was a great game by both teams. Miami remembered their defense and came out strong, and OKC wouldn’t give up. Good basketball, glad I stayed up to watch…

  8. Mr. Wright 212 - Jun 15, 2012 at 12:10 AM

    OKC 1, REFS 1.

    • edweird0 - Jun 15, 2012 at 12:12 AM

      Dude you’re such a loser.

    • canehouse - Jun 15, 2012 at 12:25 AM

      Mr. WRONG you’re an intergalactic a$$-clown… go feed your hamsters and somehow, someway get a life!!!

      • Tim Donaghy Institute of Refereeing - Jun 15, 2012 at 12:42 AM

        I agree, he’s such a loser because he didn’t root for the right guys we all watched on TV.

        Virtual fist bump for all us Heat fans.

      • Mr. Wright 212 - Jun 15, 2012 at 12:56 AM

        lmao name calling, when you are actually successful at anything, or have published a book, then come see me. Only true losers sit around and hurl the same tired, baseless, lackwitted nonsense when someone speaks the truth that they don’t like.

      • blueintown - Jun 15, 2012 at 6:51 AM

        So much irony packed into one sentence, Wright.

  9. isujames - Jun 15, 2012 at 12:15 AM

    Nobody’s perfect,can’t get every call right.Heat in 5.

    • Tim Donaghy Institute of Refereeing - Jun 15, 2012 at 12:35 AM

      I couldn’t agree more.

  10. rodge1 - Jun 15, 2012 at 12:16 AM

    Lol @ the ‘REF’ excuse. Here we go again. Bad calls happen to every team, at different times. Durant was lucky not to foul out earlier with the charge. That was close and could have gone either way. Good game, every game will be good.

  11. acdc363 - Jun 15, 2012 at 12:17 AM

    Good game. Would’ve liked to see KD sink that last second jumper and force OT but I guess all good things must come to an end.

  12. rodge1 - Jun 15, 2012 at 12:22 AM

    Spoelstra finally played the bench. Cole is an underrated defender. His speed is needed against OKC’s great guards.

    • finalword33 - Jun 15, 2012 at 12:30 AM

      Yeah, wouldn’t mind seeing more Cole out there.

  13. isujames - Jun 15, 2012 at 12:24 AM

    Where my Heat bashers????Ain’t no fun talkin $hit to yourself lol.

    • Mr. Wright 212 - Jun 15, 2012 at 12:54 AM

      Where were you after Game 1? STFU.

  14. canehouse - Jun 15, 2012 at 12:28 AM

    Yeah where is dirtbird, and cantonbound? No doubt they’re screaming at the TV right now… eat it up biotches!

    For the rest of us… what a game! Most entertaining I’ve seen in a long time… scary thing for us HEAT fans… we may need to win there again.

  15. jucam1 - Jun 15, 2012 at 12:32 AM

    Kurt, how does it feel to have to swallow your hate?… Hey the rest of you Dbags, how can you stand this LBJ/Heat win?…. I don’t even like the Heatles but all of you sad, sorry, miserable C’s, Knicks, and pathetic rest of the haters made me root for this team…. You wish you had an ounce of LBJ’s talent and are angry that he’s killed your teams….. Sorry, I love KD, but the Heat are going to win this series and all of you are going to have to look in the mirror and remember, that just like Kurt…. You are less than special!… No one cares about you, and you are all sad and angry at a man who is the greatest player of our time…. Learn to enjoy it… It just is what it is…. Your opinion is worthless….

    • Tim Donaghy Institute of Refereeing - Jun 15, 2012 at 12:38 AM

      ^^^^^^^^ Really important comment alert ^^^^^^^^^^^

    • redbullenergydrink - Jun 15, 2012 at 12:38 AM

      Thanks for the blunt opinion. I agree with everything.

    • finalword33 - Jun 15, 2012 at 12:44 AM

      To sum this up, if you hate Lebron, basically, you just hate the game.

      • Tim Donaghy Institute of Refereeing - Jun 15, 2012 at 12:56 AM

        “Hate”:sentence ratio = 2:1

        Well done.

  16. jucam1 - Jun 15, 2012 at 12:55 AM

    Finalword…. My basic comment goes out to the sad, pathetic, miserable, and un-satiable people on this planet (including Kurt) who will never realize how good LBJ is…. It doesn’t matter how amazing MJ was…. LBJ will never be him, but neither will Kurt’s sorry self or I for that matter…. Why can’t we just enjoy his greatness separately from the basketball Jesus Mr. MJ?

  17. jucam1 - Jun 15, 2012 at 1:12 AM

    I’m guessing “Mr.Wrong” that you have some basis for knowing my level of success or understanding of your sad little psyche…. I’m not gonna play the “who’s right card with mental midgets such as you…. I will say that years spent in this league as a scout and front office assistant gives me the breath and experience to comment and know when I am dealing with an un-intelligent novice such as yourself…. I am exhausted on the LBJ hate and needed to make a point…. You have gone above and beyond to prove me right….. Thanks!

  18. ceschatz - Jun 15, 2012 at 11:23 AM

    @ Mr Wright

    Could you be anymore pathetic? Blaming it in the refs? Hahahahahahaha. Thanks for making this win soooo much better!

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