NBA Finals: What did we learn from Game 2′s controversial finish?

LeBron James and the Heat are headed to Miami with a chance to win the NBA championship on their home floor.

The Heat survived a late scare — and a possible no-call on LeBron James — to walk out of Oklahoma City with a 100-96 victory in Game 2. The NBA Finals are tied at one game apiece as the series shifts back to Miami Sunday night. Here’s what we learned in an action-packed Thursday night:

LeBron is clutch. Our Twitter feed was filled with LeBron James apologists late Thursday night claiming that he had proven he was clutch by draining those two free throws with seven seconds left. (Allow our cynicism to sink in here, since free throws are shots every professional basketball player should make, no matter the situation). But, yes, it is true that they put the game away. And his 16-foot bank shots with 1:25 helped stall some Thunder momentum. However, did LeBron’s fan club fail to miss the pull-up, 3-pointer he launched at the 14-second mark. That ill-advised shot could have cost the Heat Game 2.

Resilient Thunder. As we’ve learned throughout these NBA playoffs, never count the Oklahoma City Thunder out. They trailed 27-15 after the first quarter and were getting physically dominated. Still, Durant and Co. hung around and made a heroic run late in the fourth to pull within four, then two. Durant almost tied it, too. His short jumper with 9.9 seconds left fell just short. It sure looked like James fouled him on the play, but the refs swallowed the whistle. Either way, you have to think the Thunder feel good about themselves going into Game 3.

Bosh asserts himself. Chris Bosh wanted to start, so he did. According to an ESPN report, Bosh walked onto the court at practice when Erik Spoelstra called for the starters. Basically, he told his coach — and teammates — that he was starting whether they approved or not. After Game 1, Spoelstra tried to light a fire by saying he needed more offense from the seven-time All-Star. Well, both moves paid off as Bosh turned in a double-double (16 points, 15 rebounds).

Best play of the night. This award goes to Dwyane Wade, for his sick almost no-look bounce pass to Bosh. The big man threw it down for an easy dunk that swelled the Heat lead to seven with 53.8 ticks to go.

 

Looking ahead to Game 3


In defense of LeBron:
The Thunder switched it up by rotating James Harden and Kevin Durant to guard LeBron James late in the fourth quarter. James got the best of Harden on some key possessions, but Durant seemed to hold his own.

Late-night serenade. Prior to Game 2, Jimmy Kimmel hosted a pregame show on ABC. The late-night comedian will do this for the entire NBA Finals. However, it might be hard to top Thursday’s skit where Mike Tyson provided a serenade for LeBron.

Quicker start. We realize this is an obvious one, but those slow starts were bound to catch up with the Thunder eventually, right? At halftime, Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant were a combined 5-for-19 from the field. The Heat led by as many as 13 in the second quarter of Game 1 before the Thunder turned it on — and they led by 17 at one point in Game 2. This can’t happen if they expect to being the Larry O’Brien Trophy to OKC for the first time. Now, the Thunder must win at least one game in the Heat’s building.



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

Mayor announces public housing improvements

Mayor Bill de Blasio spoke at the Lincoln Houses in East Harlem on Wednesday, calling for the scaffolding to come down at NYCHA complexes across…

National

Peter Theo Curtis: American released by Syrian militants…

An American writer freed this week from two years in the captivity of insurgents in Syria spoke briefly outside his family's Cambridge home Wednesday of…

Local

Bratton defends 'broken windows' work as NYPD support…

Sixty percent of those polled said they support the "broken windows" theory approach popularized by Commissioner Bratton since his first term in the 1990s.

Local

Transit changes for Labor Day weekend

The MTA is adding additional service Friday for New Yorkers getting out of the city for the long weekend. On Friday, Aug. 29, 27 additional…

Going Out

Things to do this week in NYC, Aug.…

MUSIC The Electric Zoo Festival Aug. 29-31, 1 p.m. Randall’s Island Park $99-$369, www.electriczoofestival.com The electronic music celebration returns for a fifth year, with 150,000 attendees…

Going Out

5 things to do this weekend in NYC

The Electric Zoo Festival Aug. 29-31, 1 p.m. Randall’s Island Park $99-$369, www.electriczoofestival.com The electronic music celebration returns for a fifth year, with 150,000 attendees expected. David Guetta,…

Television

'Full House' might be relaunched with some of…

A new "Full House" might be in the works.

Movies

Review: 'The Congress' is a crazy, unwieldy sci-fi…

Robin Wright is the center of gravity in "The Congress," which turns from a live-action Hollywood satire into an animated spectacular on a downer future.

NFL

Mario Manningham on the bubble as Giants play…

Former Super Bowl hero Mario Manningham hopes his second go-around with Big Blue doesn’t end with Saturday’s final cut day.

NFL

Source: Stephen Hill 'faces a battle' to make…

A team source says Stephen Hill, who has battled injuries and poor performances during his first two years, is no lock to make the Jets’ final roster.

Sports

Serena Williams leaving legacy of talented American women…

It seems only a matter of when, not if, Serena Williams will win her 18th career grand slam championship.

College

When are 2014 college football playoffs? (Schedule, date,…

When and where are 2014 college football playoffs? A look at the schedule, date, TV, time for the semi-finals at championship game.

Food

Recipe: Samuel Adams beer-marinated grilled shrimp

Summer calls for two things: a cold beer and light food. Sam Adams' Latitude 48 IPA fairly bursts with citrus notes, making it an ideal marinade…

Wellbeing

Heart trumps brain when it comes to movies…

When you need a good cry, do you reach for the movie that’s “based on a true story”? Science says you’re giving your brain far…

Sex

The 10 types of people you meet online

Does it ever seem like online dating profiles tend to get a little repetitive? It turns out you are not the only one to have…

Home

Labor Day essentials

Whether you’re soaking up the sun on the beach or barbecuing in the park here are some must-haves for your end-of-summer bash.