swerte lang ang heat at hindi pumasok yung tira ni durant nung dying seconds. muntik na na naman sila matalo dahil si james nagsusuot ng tutu tuwing 4th quarter.
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swerte lang ang heat at hindi pumasok yung tira ni durant nung dying seconds. muntik na na naman sila matalo dahil si james nagsusuot ng tutu tuwing 4th quarter.
More like muntik na sila matalo nadahil naagawan si Wade ni tatang Fisher
Gods dont miss FreeThrows
Still a great adjustment by Spo inserting injured Chris Bosh to the starting lineup
Boy Taranta talaga yang si LBJ. Medyo Passive din si Spoelstra eh...
the heat winning at OKC gives the advantage to the heat. momentum is in the side of the heat for now.
bosh at starting 5 is also a good sign. bosh finally starting may mean he is fully recovered. once bosh gets at full stride will make the heat hard to beat with le bron and wade working together.
i'm for OKC here only because its a very young team. the nba will be more interesting when a young team wins the ring.
the problem though is OKC has lost a game in their court. that gives the heat an edge now.
akala mo lang walang ginagawa sa 4th, pero part of the adjustment yon
Sagwa kasi ng mga calls ng refs, lalo na yun kay Harden kunting hawak pito agad, if I remember it correctly nung 3rd quarter palang 4 minutes into the game nasa penalty na agad ang Heat
So nung 4th kunting dikit then pabayaan nalang pag nag drive ang OKC players kaysa mag and ones pa or foul trouble again
Mahirap nga talaga kung ganyan, good thing Heat held on the lead, daming uncalled fouls favoring the Thunders lalo na for Bosh and Wade
Eto nga more on wrists than ball, pero no call ulit
Kaya nga may tawag ako sa OKC ... "FThunders "
Game 1 - FreeThrows : 14-18 Miami || 20-27 OKC
Game 2 - FreeThrows : 22-25 Miami || 19-26 OKC
2-1 in Spo's favor
Pangit ang laro nila nung start of 3rd Q though
Needs better adjustments
Pero clutch play from Spo contesting Westbrook's 3
Post ko mamya ang GIF or Youtube link if magkakaroon
Nice Challenging the Shot by the Filipino Coach
LeBron James finishes with 29 points to help Miami take a 2-1 lead in the series.
Miami's LeBron James, top left, tries to drive past Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant, right, and James Harden during the first quarter of Game 3 of the NBA Finals on Sunday. (Ronald Martinez / Getty Images / June 17, 2012)
MIAMI ó Regrets? The Oklahoma City Thunder certainly has a few after the final 1 1/2 minutes of Game 3 of the NBA Finals.
The Thunder was within a point of the Miami Heat on Sunday night at AmericanAirlines Arena, and then it wasnít after a flurry of missed shots and an egregious turnover by Thabo Sefolosha.
Miami converted five of six free throws in the last 1:19 to secure a 91-85 victory that gave the Heat a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series. Game 4 is here Tuesday.
LeBron James had 29 points on 11-for-23 shooting to go with 14 rebounds for the Heat, and Dwyane Wade had an all-around excellent game with 25 points, seven rebounds and seven assists.
Things were trending heavily in the Thunderís direction only a few minutes earlier after Russell Westbrook made a pull-up jumper, capping a 6-0 run that pulled the Thunder to within 86-85 with 1:30 to go.
But the Thunderís final four possessions were all regrettable. Kevin Durant badly missed a running jumper, Westbrook missed a three-pointer, Sefolosha bounced an inbounds pass directly to Wade and then Westbrook missed a three-pointer.
Durant finished with 25 points, making 11 of 19 shots, and Westbrook had 19 points. But Oklahoma City guard James Harden struggled mightily, scoring nine points on two-for-10 shooting.
The Thunder looked defeated after flubbing three consecutive possessions midway through the fourth quarter that ended in turnovers, spoon-feeding the Heatís 8-0 run that included three-point plays by James and Wade.
Harden was twice the guilty party for the Thunder, making a bad pass that went off Durantís hands and then losing his dribble on Oklahoma Cityís next possession.
Heat 69, Thunder 67 (end of third quarter)
For a team that was outscored by only a point, things could not have unraveled much more quickly than they did in the third quarter for Oklahoma City.
Kevin Durant played sparingly in the quarter after picking up his fourth foul and the Thunder frittered away all of a 10-point lead it had taken at one point.
Oklahoma City twice fouled Heat players in the act of taking three-pointers, and Shane Battier and James Jones responded by making all six free throws to shave a nine-point deficit to three.
The Thunder wasn't quite as accurate on freebies, making six of 11 free throws in the quarter.
Miami missed its first seven shots of the quarter, finally converting a high-percentage opportunity when Wade went in for a dunk.
Meanwhile, Oklahoma City was getting contributions from seemingly its entire roster.
The often-overlooked Thabo Sefolosha made a move every bit as athletic as those by his more ballyhooed Thunder teammates early in the quarter, taking an alley-oop pass from Russell Westbrook for a dunk.
Westbrook drove for a scoop layup shortly thereafter, giving Oklahoma City a 56-51 lead and forcing the Heat to call a timeout. It only got worse for Miami, with Durant dunking a missed shot by Sefolosha and then making a one-handed leaping jumper to increase the Thunder's advantage to nine points.
The cushion reached 10 after Derek Fisher converted a four-point play, making a three-pointer and ensuing free throw after getting bumped by Mario Chalmers.
It wouldn't last. James has 21 points and Wade 20 for the Heat.
Heat 47, Thunder 46 (halftime)
Miami takes an early lead. Oklahoma City rallies and the game turns taut.
It's been a template in the NBA Finals that repeated itself again in the first half of Game 3 at AmericanAirlines Arena, with the Heat and Thunder continuing to counter each other with a flurry of entertaining plays.
Kevin Durant smiled after his turnaround jumper late in the second quarter gave the Thunder a 41-38 lead, but a pair of three-pointers by Shane Battier and a three-point play by LeBron James put Miami back up before halftime.
Russell Westbrook had the final wow-inducing play of the half when he made a three-pointer with two seconds remaining, giving Oklahoma City a one-point halftime deficit that was certainly preferable to the 12-point disadvantage it faced in Game 1 and the seven-point hole it nearly climbed out of in Game 2.
James finished the half with 16 points on a robust seven-for-13 shooting to go with eight rebounds. Dwyane Wade had 11 points but needed 15 shots to get there, making only five.
Durant and Westbrook had 13 points each for the Thunder, with Westbrook's five-for-10 shooting a marked improvement over his early game struggles from the first two games of the series. Kendrick Perkins added eight points and seven rebounds, providing steady production for Oklahoma City.
Derek Fisher had a turn-back-the-clock moment in the second quarter, the Oklahoma City guard contorting his 37-year-old body to catch a wayward pass from Westbrook before squaring up for a three-pointer from the corner.
James Harden has been a non-factor for Oklahoma City, making only one of six shots. Miami has the lead despite shooting 40.9% to the Thunder's 50% in part because the Heat committed only two turnovers.
Perhaps the most surprising stat of the half was that Miami had 12 fastbreak points to only five for the fastbreak-loving Thunder.
Heat 26, Thunder 20 (end of first quarter)
Oklahoma City fell behind again in the early going Sunday at AmericanAirlines Arena, but it was certainly more manageable than the double-digit deficits the Thunder faced in the first two games of the NBA Finals.
Russell Westbrook shook off another slow start in which he missed his first three shots to make his next two, and the Thunder was not staring at a big uphill climb after the first 12 minutes of Game 3.
Heat forward LeBron James had 10 points and pass-happy guard Dwyane Wade had four assists, not counting one he should have received before the game for imploring fans to get loud. While the atmosphere here may never be confused with that at the considerably more voluble Chesapeake Energy Arena, it was rocking after a putback by James gave the Heat a 10-4 lead and forced Oklahoma City to call a timeout.
Kevin Durant had six points and the play of the quarter when he went in for a ferocious driving dunk from the wing in what seemed like a nanosecond.
Shane Battier, who had given the Heat an unexpected boost with 17 points in each of the first two games, did not take a shot in the first quarter.
Nice defensive play by Coach Spo. He's currently out coaching Scott Brooks. Kapag nagchampion ang Miami malamang na umuwi si LeBron, Wade, Bosh, and the rest of the Miami Heat sa Philippines. 2 panalo na lang sana eh tapusin na nila itong laban.
Si Bahay_Kubo aka Ben ba eh bakla?
Spoelstra evolving along with Heat team
Jun. 18, 2012**|**
MIAMI -- Pat Riley's 34th playoff victory as coach of the Miami Heat brought the franchise's first championship. If Erik Spoelstra got his 34th playoff victory in this year's NBA Finals, Miami would have another title.
That's just one of many parallels between Riley -- the patriarch of the Heat sideline -- and Spoelstra, his hand-picked successor.
Spoelstra has been part of the Heat organization since 1995, so there's no shortage of ideas and ideals he's taken from Riley along those years. But those who would know say Spoelstra is far from simply being a clone of the man who still watches over the Heat from the president's office.
"The game part of it, I think Spo does his own thing there," Boston coach Doc Rivers said. "But definitely, the mental part of it, just listening to how he talks and prepares a team, the Riley fingerprints are all over that part. I mean, if you play for Riley or work around Riley, he's going to be a part of you for the rest of your life. That's just how it is."
For the Heat, it seems to be working.
Four Spoelstra seasons, four winning records, four playoff appearances and now two trips to the finals, with Game 3 of this year's title series Sunday night against the Oklahoma City Thunder. His path is well-known -- start in the team's video room, eventually become an assistant coach, take over as coach when Riley retired for the second time, and after two seasons on the job see Miami land LeBron James and Chris Bosh to play alongside Dwyane Wade.
Not bad for the guy who didn't think Riley knew his name when he first arrived.
"Spo has been great," said James, the NBA's reigning MVP. "I mean, he's been challenged the last two years by a lot of people, but I think he's been awesome. Two straight finals appearances, and he's put us in position to win each and every game. ... We understand what we like, our dislikes, everything of that nature, but he's been great. He's going to continue to grow, and I hope I can continue to grow around him."
Spoelstra certainly has been challenged by a lot of people -- his two best players included.
When James and Spoelstra bumped into one another during a game at Dallas in November 2010, it became a story line for months. When Dwyane Wade started shouting at Spoelstra during a timeout huddle against Indiana in this year's playoffs, that incident became perhaps as talked about as the outcome of the game itself.
For his part, Spoelstra shrugged both off, and quickly. By now, Wade would have expected nothing less.
"Yeah, something was made of that blow-up in Indiana, but that shows how our relationship has grown," Wade said. "We've been together a long time. You don't have those kind of moments if you haven't been together. It's just like family members, just like a brother. We have moments, but we love each other and we move on from it, we grow from it. That's the way we are. That's the way our team is."
Spoelstra has his way of handling it all. He isn't ashamed about latching on to certain words or phrases and repeating them incessantly -- outside expectations are referred to as "noise," the favorite game plan is called "playing to our identity," what gets talked about behind closed doors is "our truth" and questions about why one player gets minutes over another usually elicits an answer of "the rotation is the rotation."
Somehow, he can mix being gregarious and guarded at the same time.
"It's not that I don't take other people's opinions," said Spoelstra, who took a 31-22 career playoff record into Sunday night. "But if you haven't walked in these shoes, it's tough to have the proper perspective."
There was speculation earlier in these playoffs that Spoelstra, who received a three-year contract before this season began, would be in serious trouble if Miami had been beaten by Indiana or Boston in the final two rounds of the Eastern Conference playoffs.
Internally, there was no sense of Spoelstra being on the so-called hot seat. Both Riley and Heat owner Micky Arison -- who rarely speak publicly about the team in-season -- have raved about the job Spoelstra has done since his first season, and Arison took to Twitter earlier in these finals to point out Spoelstra is among a small group of coaches who have taken their teams to back-to-back finals appearances in the last 25 years.
"He's been more open this year, allowing some players to voice their opinion on certain situations, at practice or in a game, no matter what the magnitude of the game is," James said. "We trust him and he trusts us. At the end of the day, he has the last call because he is the head coach, but as a player you love that fact when a coach wants to hear or wants to feel what you may see out on the floor during the game or during the film session. He's been awesome."
Spoelstra doesn't bristle at the Riley comparisons. ("Noise," it would fall under in his vernacular.)
He also doesn't complain about having a Hall of Fame coach with seven championship rings on his resume around the office every day. Some would call that intimidating. Spoelstra calls it a gift.
"In terms of Pat, we talk all the time. All the time," Spoelstra said. "It's almost as if he's a member on my staff. If I'm not calling him, if I'm not bumping into him at the office, I'm texting him. Our dialogue has been very good. It's most relevant with a team like this. He's walked in my shoes before."
And both of them have walked on the same sideline, on the same stage.
The finals. Four years ago, Riley said Spoelstra was ready. Get four wins in this series, Riley will be proven right.
"Riley was Riley for a reason," Rivers said. "He gets inside of you. And you can see that with Erik. Riley's inside of him."
Miami's LeBron James, right, looks to drive past Oklahoma City's Thabo Sefolosha during Game 4 of the NBA Finals on Tuesday. (Robert Duyos / South Florida Sun-Sentinel / June 19, 2012)
MIAMI ó In an implausible sequence spanning only a few minutes, LeBron James went from being carried off the court to carrying his team.
And now the Miami Heat finds itself one victory from hoisting a championship trophy.
Shrugging off a leg injury that forced him to depart Game 4 of the NBA Finals midway through the fourth quarter, James returned to make the three-pointer that put the Heat ahead in an eventual 104-98 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday night at AmericanAirlines Arena.
Miami holds a 3-1 advantage in a best-of-seven series it can close out here Thursday night in Game 5.
There was already a party atmosphere in South Beach after James made the go-ahead three-pointer with 2 minutes 50 seconds left, providing the Heat a 97-94 lead.
James nearly finished with a triple-double, collecting 26 points, 12 assists and nine rebounds in 44 sublime minutes.
But James remained in such discomfort that he limped to the timeout huddle with 55 seconds left and stayed on the bench as Mario Chalmers drove for a scoop layup that gave the Heat a 101-96 cushion with 44 seconds to go.
Russell Westbrook, a game-long menace to Miami, made a driving layup to bring the Thunder to within 101-98 with 44 seconds left, but a subsequent jump ball ended up in the hands of Chalmers, who made two free throws to secure the Heatís third consecutive triumph in the series.
Westbrook finished with 43 points on 20-for-32 shooting. He scored 11 consecutive points for the Thunder to start the fourth quarter amid an array of driving layups, floaters and pull-up jumpers.
It wasnít enough.
Dwyane Wade and Chalmers had 25 points apiece for Miami, more than offsetting Kevin Durantís 28 points for Oklahoma City.
James suffered his injury when he drove toward the basket and fell with 5:48 left. He rose and started to run gingerly back down the court before Wade blocked Derek Fisherís layup, triggering a possession that ended in a short jumper by James.
But James could not gut it out for long, having to be carried off the court with 5:15 remaining. He kneeled on a pad along the baseline and was replaced by James Jones.
The crowd roared shortly thereafter as James walked to the scorerís table to check back into the game with 4:05 to go and the Heat trailing, 94-92.
It was difficult to recall that Miami had trailed by as many as 17 points in the first quarter the way things veered sharply in its favor in the second.
Heat 79, Thunder 75 (end of third quarter)
Miami could be 12 minutes from taking a commanding lead in the NBA Finals.
The Heat also could be that far away from another Game 4 meltdown.
Miami led by as many as seven points in the third quarter before the Thunder closed it with a Russell Westbrook jumper and a free throw from Kevin Durant.
The quarter was largely about ticky-tack fouls, including a couple against Oklahoma City's James Harden and one against Derek Fisher for running into LeBron James while fighting through a screen. Fisher sat on the floor for several seconds, staring at James in disbelief.
Harden picked up three fouls in the quarter, giving him four for the game.
James leads the Heat with 20 points, but Mario Chalmers has given them a boost with 13.
Westbrook has 26 points and Durant 22 for the Thunder. It might not be enough.
Thunder 49, Heat 46 (halftime)
All that momentum Oklahoma City had in the first quarter quickly dissipated when things took a sharp turn toward the Heat.
Miami made four three-pointers in the second quarter and persevered through a frightening moment when Dwyane Wade appeared to hurt his back but remained in the game.
Wade fell awkwardly after having his shot blocked by Serge Ibaka with 7 minutes 18 seconds left in the quarter. He stood in anguish for several moments before crouching in pain along the baseline.
The play came shortly after Wade had tied the score at 35-35 on a three-pointer that capped a 19-2 run by Miami spanning the end of the first quarter and the beginning of the second.
Wade and LeBron James have 10 points each for the Heat, which also received an emphatic exhortation from Chris Bosh after the big man dove for a loose ball along the baseline. Bosh rose, flexed his muscles and appeared to be imploring the crowd to get loud. It worked.
It was difficult to recall that the Heat had trailed by as many as 17 points in the first quarter the way things were going in the second. Miami received contributions from nearly everyone, with Norris Cole, James Jones and Mario Chalmers each making a three-pointer.
Wade had only one basket after his fall, on a baseline jumper late in the quarter. Shane Battier's three-point attempt at the halftime buzzer that would have tied the score rattled out.
Russell Westbrook continued to make highlight-caliber plays for the Thunder and has 18 points on nine-for-15 shooting. Kevin Durant hasn't been quite as productive, scoring 12 points but making only four of 10 shots.
James Harden continues to struggle with his touch for Oklahoma City, scoring six points on two-for-six shooting.
Thunder 33, Heat 19 (end of first quarter)
Remember all those problems Oklahoma City was having in the first quarter?
Well, forget them.
It took four games, but the Thunder finally figured out how to put together a terrific opening 12 minutes.
Russell Westbrook made his first four shots, Kendrick Perkins was a force inside and even Nick Collison contributed a couple of impressive moves.
Meanwhile, the Heat missed five of its first six shots and three of its first five free throws.
Westbrook was a particular menace to Miami, scoring 10 points on five-for-eight shooting. He had a driving layup and a handful of pull-up jumpers, often his trademark of a productive game.
His bid at a perfect shooting game ended, oddly enough, on a dunk attempt that came up short when the ball deflected off the side of the rim.
Chris Bosh had six points for the listless Heat, which is trying to avoid a second consecutive Game 4 letdown in the Finals after dropping this game a year ago against the Dallas Mavericks.
Collison had a couple of unexpected athletic moves, including a putback dunk and a drive past Bosh for a layup. Perkins had four points and three rebounds.
Kevin Durant was almost an afterthought with eight points for the Thunder.
Things were so bad for the Heat that Norris Cole might have been its best player, scoring five points including a three-pointer from the corner with 3.1 seconds left.
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just 1 game away to the NBA title for coach Erik Sporlstra's Miami Heat!
the adjustments in defense is working very well.