Miami Heat & Oklahoma City Thunder Win To Even Up Both Playoff Series
The Miami Heat managed to win game 2 against the home court Chicago Bulls in a low scoring game 85-75 to tie the series 1-1.
The Heat’s superstars LeBron James and Dwayne Wade led the way scoring 29 points and 24 points respectively with Chicago’s MVP Derrick Rose only managing to score 21 points, hitting only 7 from 23.
The crucial period in the game came with 7 minutes left in the 4th quarter with both teams on 73 points before James just dominated the scoring, accounting for 9 of the Heat’s 12 points whilst the Bull’s shot just 1 from 11 down the final stretch.
Chicago’s bench failed to have the same impact in game 2 as they did in the first match up, scoring 13 points less in game 2 than game 1, whereas Miami’s Udonis Haslem came off of the bench to score 13 points and 5 rebounds for the Heat, overall the Heat responded on the boards out rebounding the Bulls 45-41.
Over in the Western Conference finals the Oklahoma City Thunder managed to take game 2 against the Dallas Mavericks at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas, 106-100.
The Thunder managed to make the necessary adjustments to stop the Maverick’s superstar Dirk Nowitzki repeating his tremendous game 1 performance of 48 points, managing to score 29 points in game 2, of which 16 of them came in the 4th quarter.
The Thunder’s superstar Kevin Durant had a steady game scoring 24 points but the real difference came from Oklahoma’s bench, outscoring the Maverick’s bench 50-29. James Harden shot for 23 points including a crucial 4 point play late in the 4th quarter which quashed any Mavericks momentum that was building. Eric Maynor also scored 13 points and Nick Collison scored 6 points with 6 rebounds and 2 blocked shots.
Mavericks point guard J.J. Barea said “I can’t remember the last time we lost the battle of the bench. It was going to happen at some point and it happened tonight and I give them a lot of credit. They were more aggressive and they made more big shots.”