By Tom Robin, EnStarz | Jun 14, 2012 11:56 PM EDT
Miami Heat held off a late comeback by OKC Thunder to win Game 2 of the NBA finals 2012, and tie the series at 1-1.
With just seconds to go the Thunder were within 2 points of Miami, having been far behind at the half way point in the game. However, the Thunder's rally fell just short and the Heat held on to take the win 100-96.
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The series now moves to Miami for Game 3 on Sunday with the finals wide open, and both teams will feel confident they have what it takes to take the advantage.
Game 2 was almost a repeat of Game 1 with the Heat starting powerful and taking a big lead for most of the first half, only for the Thunder to fight back. But this time, Miami held their composure and managed to fight off Kevin Durant and Oklahoma to secure the win.
Game 1 saw the Thunder take the early advantage in the best of seven game series, with Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook leading the way in destroying the Heat.
The Heat were simply unable to cope with the Thunder's penetration, and Chris Both in particular was guilty of defensive frailties and indiscipline. The Heat gave away 27 free throw attempts to the Thunder in Game 1, as Oklahoma pressed the Miami defense consistently. In comparison the Heat had far fewer with 18 free throw attempts, giving the Thunder a massive advantage in the game.
For the first half of Game 1 the Heat looked like they were going to roll over the Thunder, but Oklahoma rallied back and in the end won by a comfortable margin. The Thunder did a similar job on the San Antonio Spurs during the Western Conference Finals, and the Thunder almost repeated that feat for a third time in Game 2.
NBA Finals 2012 TV Schedule:
Game 3 - Sunday, June 17, 8 PM ET
Game 4 - Tuesday, June 19, 9 PM ET
Game 5 - Thursday, June 21, 9 PM ET
Game 6 - Sunday, June 24, 8 PM ET
Game 7 - Tuesday, June 26, 9 PM ET
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