38 lead changes and 11 ties. It was a true teeter-totter game that wasn’t decided until the final minutes. It seemed like a playoff game judging the pace and noise level of Miami’s crowd.
The Thunder (yet again) couldn’t pull off a close road win against an Eastern conference foe.
Dwyane Wade had a vintage Flash game: 28 points, four boards and four assists. It’s as if he took a time machine back to 2012 to wreck the Thunder yet again.
The pivotal moment of the game was when Westbrook tried to crossover Goran Dragic, who poked the ball out and sent it down court to a galloping Wade.
Apparently, the dunk was for his kids: “My kids be on me because I don’t dunk no more,” Wade told Rachel Nichols after the game. “Every now and again, I try to show them or tell them to go watch some old YouTube to show them their pops can get up some time.”
Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant had 25 points each, though they had a combined 12 of OKC’s 16 turnovers. Durant pitched in nine rebounds and five assists.
Durant misfired on a three pointer in the final 10 seconds that could have leveled the game. “I shoot 47% from 3 and I got a wide-open look,” Durant said. “I just missed it.” Westbrook couldn’t manage to score in the final 16 minutes.
Enes Kanter continues to search for minutes and shots under Billy Donovan. He played 21 minutes (Adams logged 20), and only managed to put up five shots. In his somewhat limited time on the floor, he had 10 points and three rebounds.
OKC falls to 11-8, while Miami improves to 11-6. Next up for OKC is a home game against DeMarcus Cousins and the Sacramento Kings, Sunday at 6 p.m.