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The 'Big Three' of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh struck rich form to help the Miami Heat carve out an impressive 100-96 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 2 and tie the NBA Finals at one game apiece on Thursday night. The victory, however, did not come easy. After shooting into an early lead (18-2) in the first quarter, the Heat had to quell a determined fight back from the Thunder, for whom Kevin Durant, once again sparkled with his tireless performance.
Durant scored 32 points and came close to tying the scores during the closing seconds, but his shot bounced off the rim and with that vanished Thunder's hopes of taking a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series. The action now moves to Miami with Game Three on Sunday, and the Heat will also play hosts to Games Four and Five.
For Thunder, who trailed the entire way, Russell Westbrook got off to a terrible start, but finished strong with 27 points, eight rebounds and seven assists. James Harden too did well with 21 points.
James, who top-scored for the Heat with 32 points, was well assisted by Wade (24) and Bosh (16). Wade who wasn't as sharp in Game One, was back in the limelight. Towards the closing stages of the game, he spun into the lane and found Bosh for a dunk to make the score 98-91, but a three pointer by Durant, with 37 seconds left, reduced the margin and ensured some anxious moments for the Heat. However, they were not to be denied as James calmly sunk two free throws to earn his side a big win.
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