Skip to main content

Miami Heat win 91-85 after late-game Oklahoma blunders

By Molly Gray, for CNN
updated 1:14 PM EDT, Mon June 18, 2012
  • The Miami Heat defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder 91-85 Sunday night
  • The Heat are now up 2-1 in the seven-game NBA Finals

(CNN) -- A missed three-pointer by Russell Westbrook in the final minute of Sunday's game signaled the end of a fierce back-and-forth between the Miami Heat and Oklahoma City Thunder in game three of the 2012 NBA Finals.

The shot, which could have tied the game and 88 all, led to a fast break and free throws from the Heat, who went on to win 91-85.

The Heat now lead two games to one in the best of seven series.

The two teams battled closely all night, entering the second half with a one-point Miami lead, 47-46. However, the Thunder weren't able to fight back after the Heat went on a six-point run with only three minutes remaining in the game.

Chris Bosh of the Miami Heat dunks against the Oklahoma City Thunder in game three of the 2012 NBA Finals in Miami on Sunday, June 17. The Heat defeated the Thunder 91-85. Chris Bosh of the Miami Heat dunks against the Oklahoma City Thunder in game three of the 2012 NBA Finals in Miami on Sunday, June 17. The Heat defeated the Thunder 91-85.
NBA Finals game three
Photos: NBA Finals game three Photos: NBA Finals game three
Allan Houston: From NBA to fatherhood
LeBron James: Gonna give it my all

Westbrook said the game, which was played in Miami, wasn't about one play or series of plays but rather a lot of small mistakes.

"Just little things ... giving them easy layups," Westbrook told reporters after the game. "We've got to cut that down."

However, Oklahoma City's final minutes were marred with sloppy play. In addition to Westbrook's missed shot, forward Kevin Durant missed a short jumper and guard Thabo Sefolosha turned the ball over.

"We turned the ball over in that second half too many times," Oklahoma City coach Scott Brooks said. "They made some plays down the stretch that we did not make."

Miami forward LeBron James, who lead the game in points and rebounds with 29 and 14 respectively, had several key defensive rebounds leading up to the final buzzer.

"That's one thing I'm proud of. Last year I didn't make enough game-changing plays," James said. "I'm just trying to step up and be there for my teammates."

Despite foul trouble late in the game, Durant had a team-high 25 points and remained positive going into the rest of the series.

"Unfortunately I get a lot of fouls called on me but I have to play through it," Durant said. "Hopefully next game I will play smarter and get fewer fouls."

One point where the teams were decidedly unmatched Sunday night was on free throw shots. The Heat racked up 31 points from the line, while Oklahoma City managed just 15.

Forward Chris Bosh for the Heat, credits his team's aggressiveness for the volume of free throw attempts.

"Being aggressive. That's what we want to do," Bosh told reporters. "We want to put pressure to the rim."

Game four tips off Tuesday night in Miami.

Part of complete coverage on
updated 12:37 PM EDT, Wed May 7, 2014
Photography can really pack a punch. Catch up with all the best shots from around the world with our weekly sports gallery.
updated 8:00 AM EDT, Wed May 7, 2014
Of course not. But former Fulham owner Mohamed Al Fayed seems to think the removal of Michael Jackson's statue was a very "bad" idea.
updated 12:36 PM EDT, Wed May 7, 2014
Second-tier French side Clermont Foot appoint Helena Costa -- the country's first ever professional female coach of a male team.
updated 11:13 AM EDT, Mon April 28, 2014
San Francisco 49ers owner and co-chairman John York speaks to CNN about Michael Sam and the upcoming NFL Draft.
updated 1:33 PM EDT, Fri April 25, 2014
The All Blacks and their fans are focused on one thing, says Dan Carter: becoming the first rugby nation to win back-to-back World Cups.
updated 9:08 AM EDT, Fri April 4, 2014
The 2002 bomb attacks in Bali had many victims -- including a touring rugby team from Hong Kong.
Photographer Danny Lyon spent three days with Muhammad Ali in 1972 and shares his best photos and memories of the champ.
updated 7:54 AM EST, Tue February 25, 2014
With a growing audience boosted by the drama of ice hockey on show in Sochi at the Winter Olympics, can the sport capitalize on its popularity?
updated 6:25 AM EST, Mon January 20, 2014
Her paintings may sell for thousands of dollars, but she is best known for a modeling shot 50 years ago that helped launch a business empire.
updated 12:01 PM EST, Thu January 9, 2014
When the eye of the storm closes in most people head home -- but for these surfers it's a different story.
updated 9:45 AM EST, Mon January 6, 2014
Gareth Evans is a school teacher in South Africa. In 1983, he attended a "rebel tour" cricket match against the West Indies.
updated 10:07 AM EST, Tue December 17, 2013
In the wake of protests in his native Ukraine, heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko has turned his back on boxing to focus on his political ambitions.
updated 5:20 AM EDT, Fri August 9, 2013
Former pole vaulter Sergei Bubka is running to be president of the International Olympic Committee.
The Olympics must use its global reach and immense popularity to help save a generation, says sporting icon Sergei Bubka.
updated 12:32 PM EDT, Wed August 7, 2013
CNN's Fred Pleitgen exposes a history of German government-funded doping throughout the Cold War.
updated 12:28 PM EDT, Tue April 9, 2013
A competitor crosses the erg Znaigui during the second stage of the 26rd edition of the 'Marathon des Sables', on April 4, 2011, some 300 Kilometers, South of Ouarzazate in Morocco. The marathon is considered one of the hardest in the world, with 900 participants having to walk 250 kms (150 miles) for seven days in the Moroccan Sahara.
A six-day run that covers more than 220 km through the scorching heat of the Sahara desert has been billed as the "World's toughest race."
updated 7:49 AM EDT, Wed April 10, 2013
He plays the only sport approved by the Taliban, a game he learned as a war refugee in Pakistan.