The Heat moved into the drivers seat of the NBA Finals yesterday, with a 100-96 Game 2 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder, squaring their series at one a piece before both teams head down to Miami. As usual, LeBron led Miami with his 32 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists, while Dwyane Wade shot 50% from the floor for his 24 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Oklahoma City were blown out from the opening tipoff, going down 18-2 to start the game, and it was all uphill from there. To their credit, they kept fighting and made Miami really work for the victory in the final minutes. Kevin Durant shot the ball well, especially in the second half, putting up 32 points, 16 of which came in the 4th quarter, while Russell Westbrook went for 27 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. Just as in Game 1, Miami shot out to an early 17 point lead, before Oklahoma City worked their way back into the match, but this time, the Heat were prepared and held them off long enough long enough to come away with the goods.
Game 2 MVP: Shane BattierShane may not have had the best stats, he may not be the most athletic player on the court, but he showed Friday why Miami perused him so hard in the off-season. The easy option would have just been to go with LeBron James or Dwyane Wade, but Battier really stepped up. Not only is he a role model to the youngsters like Norris Cole and Mario Chalmers, he brings a lot of playoff experience which is vital for a team looking for their first championship in the LeBron era. Battier played a game equaling high of 42 minutes while scoring 17 points. His ability to help out the “big three” in scoring was a major factor in Miami getting across the line. Shane was on fire from behind the arch as he was in Game 1, going 5 of 7.