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NBA finals Game 3: No slow start by Thunder, 47-46 Heat at the half

Jun 17, 2012, 9:31 PM EDT

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This time, there was no slow start by the Thunder.

In Game 3 they got down 10-4 but came back with James Harden early and the result was a close first half, with the Heat leading much of the way but never coming close to pulling away.

It is 47-46 Heat at the half of what promises to be a barnburner of a second half.

Miami is doing their work inside — they are getting their shots in the paint but only shot 41 percent for the half. The key was they grabbed 10 offensive rebounds — on 38.5 percent of their missed shots they got the offensive rebound. That is the difference.

LeBron James led the attacks inside and had 16 points in the first half. Dwyane Wade had 11 points but was just 5-of-15 shooting to get there. As a team the Heat started out just 4-of-13 shooting in the second quarter.

Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant each have 13 for the Thunder. Westbrook took 10 shots in the first half, same as Game 2, but this time hit five of them.

  1. jagwar73 - Jun 17, 2012 at 10:31 PM

    Referees are dominating the Thunder! Refs in 6.

    • redbullenergydrink - Jun 17, 2012 at 11:07 PM

      Maybe the Thunder should develop an interior game to get some calls their way.

  2. kfiz14 - Jun 17, 2012 at 10:34 PM

    That make a wish kid refereeing must be from Miami.

  3. packhawk04 - Jun 17, 2012 at 10:49 PM

    I usually get irritated with people complaining about the refs, but this game was ridiculous. Pretty emmlbarrassing.

  4. rickyspanish - Jun 17, 2012 at 11:09 PM

    kfiz14 & jagwar73

    Enough about the refs already, if the NBA is fixed, why do you waste your time watching and posting comments?

  5. cowboys8819 - Jun 17, 2012 at 11:13 PM

    Did y’all not watch the Thunder at home? They get every call and shot 50 ft’s a game the officiating was finally good!

  6. reddolfan66 - Jun 17, 2012 at 11:32 PM

    Two more wins!!! Let’s go Heat!!!!!!!

  7. canehouse - Jun 17, 2012 at 11:36 PM

    Elvis abducted me last night… at least it looked like Elvis! Asked me a bunch of questions about Tupac being a bonaroo, and also America being behind 911, gave me a pose and took off on his flying saucer. Give it rest on your conspiracy garbage… it’s so weak and for simple minded rubes.

  8. isujames - Jun 17, 2012 at 11:36 PM

    Young Jeezy says,”I’m known to keep that heat call me D Wade.”

  9. johnflenoil - Jun 18, 2012 at 3:40 AM

    If the Thunder are going to win this series, someone is going to have to rein in Westbrook until his shot selection improves. Harden is also playing too much one-on-one basketball. In case they hadn’t noticed Shane B. has been killing them with the 3 point shot. Tighten up on the three point defense and put the ball in Durants hands.

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