Miami Heat small forward LeBron James reacts during the third quarter in game three in the 2012 NBA Finals against the Oklahoma City Thunder at the American Airlines Arena. (PHOTO: US PRESSWIRE)
MIAMI, FL - The Miami Heat again managed to hold off the relentlessly persistent Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday, eventually escaping with a 91-85 win in Game 3 of the NBA Finals.
LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh combined to score the last 15 points for Miami, which overcame a 10-point third-quarter deficit and secured a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series.
The Heat outscored the Thunder 31-15 from the free throw line and relied on that production when their offense stalled in the third. They managed just four field goals in the quarter, but went 13-for-14 from the charity stripe and battled back while Kevin Durant sat on the bench with four fouls.
James finished with 29 points and 14 rebounds, Wade scored 25 and Bosh had 10 and 11 rebounds. As a team, Miami shot just 37.8 percent from the field.
Durant, who was off on a potential tying baseline runner in the closing seconds of Game 2, had 25 points to pace Oklahoma City. Russell Westbrook scored 19 and pulled his team within one in the closing minutes, but later missed a potential game-tying three-pointer.
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