LeBron James and the Miami Heat embarrassed the Oklahoma City Thunder on their home floor last night with a 110-100 victory to sweep the season series.
It was the sixth straight win for the Heat over the Thunder dating back to Game 2 of the NBA Finals when they went on to win four in a row over OKC.
LeBron was brilliant and may very well of sealed the deal on winning the MVP last night with 39 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists on 14-for-24 shooting from the field and 4-for-8 from three.
The Thunder could not buy a basket early in this one and fell behind by 20-plus points in the third quarter. When they started to come back in the fourth, it was already too late.
The same problems that haunted the Thunder last time they played Miami and in the Finals were present again last night. This team has some work to do if they want to have a chance against the Heat in the Finals this year.
Here are the Game Grades:
Kevin Durant – 48 minutes, 40 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists – C+
Durant had one of his worst games of the season. He missed his first seven shots of the game and just could not get anything going for himself or his teammates. He would end up with 40 on 50 percent shooting thanks to a 22-point fourth quarter where LeBron was not in for a lot of the time. He was very frustrated for most of the game picking up another technical and eventually fouling out in the final minute.
Russell Westbrook – 44 minutes, 26 points, 10 assists, 5 rebounds – B
Westbrook ended up with some decent stats but like Durant, he also struggled a lot. He turned the ball over six times and started forcing too much on offense, taking shots without any passes on far too many possessions. Westbrook was better than he usually is against the Heat and that is a little bit of a good sign but you still don’t want this version of Westbrook for your best chance to beat the Heat.
Serge Ibaka – 35 minutes, 6 points, 6 rebounds, 0 blocks – D+
Durant and Westbrook tried to do everything when the Thunder got down early and it left guys like Ibaka to have very little impact at all. Only six points from Ibaka is not enough and then on defense he had no blocks and had a very tough time matching up with the likes of Shane Battier and other shooters who got countless open looks all game long.
Kevin Martin – 27 minutes, 9 points, 3 rebounds, 1 steal – C-
Like Ibaka there were not a lot of opportunities for Martin. He could have asserted himself more but it wouldn’t have mattered. For him to have the best impact against the Heat, the entire Thunder team will need better ball movement resulting in more open threes that Martin could potentially knock down.
Kendrick Perkins – 24 minutes, 8 points, 5 rebounds, 1 block – C+
Perkins wasn’t as bad as he normally is against the Heat but he’s still a problem in this matchup. It just doesn’t work out and the Thunder are always at some kind of disadvantage with him out there.
Thabo Sefolosha – 24 minutes, 4 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists – C
Sefolosha needs to hit some threes in this matchup. He does the best he can guarding LeBron but really seems to have no impact on him.
Nick Collison – 15 minutes, 0 points, 2 rebounds – C
A key to this game coming in was to try and get as many minutes as possible from Collison. He only played 15 and didn’t score.
Reggie Jackson – 22 minutes, 7 points, 1 rebound – B+
Jackson played better than anyone last night. He wasn’t scared, played aggressively and was solid on defense. The Thunder need more role players to step up in this matchup and it looks like Jackson is up for it.