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NBA finals Game 5: Heat look like team on mission, lead 59-49 at half

Jun 21, 2012, 10:35 PM EDT

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There were long stretches in previous playoff rounds where the Heat just were not focused. Where they took games and quarters off. It cost them.

But after the first game of the NBA finals ended, the Heat have stepped up every game.

And in Game 5, with the chance to close out the Thunder and win the title, the Heat came out with their most focused half of the playoffs and are up 59-49 at the half.

Miami came out with a real energy, attacking on offense but the Thunder doubled a lot. So the Heat just kicked it out and were 4-8 from three in the first quarter (and 7-13 for the half). Miami shot 58 percent in the first quarter and 55 for the half, while the Thunder are at 36.6 percent.

LeBron James is putting his head down and attacking the basket and the result is 15 first half points on 9 shots.

Only Durant — 14 points on 14 shots — had brought his “A” game for the Thunder. Westbrook has 13 points but is 2-of-9 shooting. Bosh has 10 points on 4-of-6 shooting, and Wade also is 4-of-6. Even guys like Mike Miller were 4-6 and contributing in the first half.

Miami smells blood, the crowd at AmericanAirlines Arena is fired up and it feels like there is going to be a big party in Miami Thursday night. Well, they do that every night on South Beach, but this time they’ll have a good reason.

We’ll know in the first four minutes of the second half if the Thunder can make a push back.

  1. tellmeyouhaveaclue - Jun 21, 2012 at 10:52 PM

    Refs are certainly doing everything they can to keep OKC in the game – nice and blatant!

  2. isujames - Jun 21, 2012 at 11:08 PM

    Heat whipping that ass lol.HEAT ALL DAY HATERS!!!!!

  3. ecruz0884 - Jun 21, 2012 at 11:14 PM

    We are partying in the mia tonight.

  4. duane888 - Jun 21, 2012 at 11:22 PM

    Harden’s a little bitch with all his flopping. So tired of watching this guy, he should just be a soccer player instead. It’s more to his style.

    • finalword33 - Jun 22, 2012 at 12:15 AM

      For sure. He wins the floppy award tonight.

      • floridascuba1 - Jun 22, 2012 at 2:14 AM

        He can’t afford to play next year once they start fining flopping.

  5. jucam1 - Jun 21, 2012 at 11:23 PM

    Mr. Lebron King James is a monster…. What a series!

  6. KIR - Jun 21, 2012 at 11:24 PM

    Dan Gilbert, you demonized and tried to ruin a 25 year old kid who gave you all he had for seven GREAT years after making a simple mistake on his decision to leave. For that I hope Cleveland doesn’t get to the playoffs until you sell the team. You don’t deserve a winning team. Dan, Lebron wasn’t the problem and the reason your team didn’t win a championship. If you want to find the problem, start with the guy in the mirror.

  7. duane888 - Jun 21, 2012 at 11:51 PM

    Lebron really is the King. MVP, Triple Double, Championship Trophy, all the money in the world.

    What more can you ask for!?!?

  8. tombradyspoop - Jun 21, 2012 at 11:54 PM

    Really, Hardens a flopper? How about the entire Miami team! Congratulations on the win but you won’t win another one.

    • finalword33 - Jun 22, 2012 at 12:18 AM

      OKC laid down tonight…literally. Lebron was too driven. They didn’t stand a chance. If Lebron remains this driven, it might be 2…or 3…or 4.

    • duane888 - Jun 22, 2012 at 12:41 AM

      Anytime s/o gets close to him he acts the fool. He got away with it once tonight, the rest they ignored him. The play that stood out the most was when Lebron’s elbow was under his chin and he’s throws his head back and arms in the air looking at the ref’s for a foul. Of course they didn’t blow the whistle and ignored his dumb ass. David Stern wants to clear this stuff up.

  9. finalword33 - Jun 22, 2012 at 12:20 AM

    Remember everyone, Lebron DID NOT utter the word Chokelahoma. I did. Don’t demonize him for that one.

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