2012 NBA Finals: Oklahoma City Thunder vs Miami Heat - Game 3 Preview

Who?: Oklahoma City Thunder (2nd in West) vs Miami Heat (2nd in East)

What?: NBA Finals – Game 3

Where?: AmericanAirlines Arena (Miami, FL)

When?: Sunday, June 17 at 8:00 PM (ET)

How?: ABC (TV)

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Projected Starting Lineups:

Oklahoma City Thunder: 

PG: Russell Westbrook | SG: Thabo Sefolosha | SF: Kevin Durant | PF: Serge Ibaka | C: Kendrick Perkins

Miami Heat:

PG: Mario Chalmers | SG: Dwayne Wade | SF: Shane Battier | PF: LeBron James  | C: Chris Bosh

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Injury/Inactive Players Report:

Oklahoma City Thunder: Eric Maynor is OUT (torn right ACL)

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Current Records/Streak & Hot, Lukewarm, or Cold:

Records: NBA Finals tied (1-1)

Streak: Thunder –> OVERALL: Lost 1 / HOME: Lost 1 / ROAD: n/a  …. Heat –> OVERALL: Won 1 / HOME: n/a / ROAD: Won 1

Oklahoma City Thunder: Lukewarm.

Miami Heat: Hot.

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Regular-Season Series:

The Heat and Thunder met twice this regular season with each team winning on their home court and will be facing each other for the first time in post-season play. Overall during the regular-season the Heat are 18-30 all-time against the Thunder franchise (11-13 record in games played in Miami;  7-17 in games played on the road).

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2012 NBA Finals

Game 1: 6/12/12 – OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER 105, MIAMI HEAT 94

The Miami HEAT dropped the first game of the NBA Finals, 105-94, to the Oklahoma City Thunder. The HEAT had a 54 first half points on 51.2 percent shooting including 60 percent from three-point range en route to a 54-47 halftime lead. LeBron James, Shane Battier and Mario Chalmers held down the scoring load for the HEAT as they poured in 14, 13 and 10 first half points. Kevin Durant and Serge Ibaka had 13 and 10 points for the Thunder. The Thunder came back in the third quarter behind Russell Westbrook’s 12-point quarter and took a 74-73 lead into the final quarter. Durant poured in 17 fourth quarter points as he led the Thunder past the HEAT, 105-94. James led the HEAT with an NBA Finals career-high 30 points as Durant and Westbrook had 36 and 27 points respectively for OKC.

Game 2: 6/14/12 – MIAMI HEAT 100, OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER 96

The Miami HEAT evened up the NBA Finals 1-1 after a wire-to-wire victory over theOklahoma City Thunder, 100-96. The HEAT started out strong and took an 18-2 lead with 4:51 remaining in the first quarter before closing out the  quarter up 27-12. The HEAT built their advantage to as much as 17 points and closed out the half with a 55-43 lead. LeBron James and Dwyane Wade combined for 27 first half points for the HEAT, while James Harden dropped 17 points off the bench for the Thunder. The HEAT continued to hold on a double-digit lead for most of the second half until the Thunder cut the lead to two with a chance to tie with 9.9 seconds remaining, however, Kevin Durant’s jumper fell short as James connected on two free throws pushing the HEAT lead to four as they completed the 100-96 win. James, Wade, Shane Battier and Chris Bosh finished with 32, 24, 17 and 16 points respectively for the HEAT. Durant, Russell Westbrook and Hardencombined for 80 points in the loss.

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POST-SEASON SCHEDULE

Game 1: Tues., 6/12 – Miami (94) at Oklahoma City Thunder (105)
Game 2: Thurs., 6/14 – Miami (100) at Oklahoma City (96)

Game 3: Sun., 6/17 – Oklahoma City at Miami 7:00PM (ABC TV)
Game 4: Thues., 6/19 – Oklahoma City at Miami 8:00PM (ABC TV)
Game 5: Thurs., 6/21 – Oklahoma City at Miami 8:00PM (ABC TV)

**Game 6: Sun., 6/24 – Miami at Oklahoma City 7:00PM (ABC TV)
**Game 7: Tues., 6/26 – Miami at Oklahoma City 8:00PM (ABC TV)

**If necessary

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Tags: 2012 NBA Finals Chris Bosh Dwyane Wade Kendrick Perkins Kevin Durant LeBron James Mario Chalmers Miami Heat Russell Westbrook Serge Ibaka Shane Battier Thabo Sefolosha

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