LeBron James will just half to settle for a tie.
The three-time MVP snapped his streak of six consecutive games with at least 30 points and 60 percent shooting, but put together another dominating display in Miami’s 110-100 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder Thursday night at the Chesapeake Energy Arena.
Including last year's Finals, LeBron James and the Miami Heat have beaten Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder six straight times.
James finished with 39 points, 12 rebounds, and seven assists, going 14-for-24 on the evening, just shy of surpassing the record he shares with former NBA greats Adrian Dantley and Moses Malone. James took an uncessary three-pointer in the final minute of the game that ultimately snapped his streak.
Miami forward Chris Bosh lengthed his own streak, with 20 points and 12 rebounds for a third consecutive double-double.
It was Miami’s first trip to Oklahoma City since Game Two of last year’s Finals, and the Heat raced out to a 32-17 lead in the first quarter. James had 23 points, eight rebounds, and four assists at halftime, including a deep three-pointer to close the second period for a 63-46 score.
Miami was ahead by as much as 23 points in the third , but Thunder forward Kevin Durant shook off some early troubles, and dragged his team back in the fourth quarter.
Durant netted a game-high 40 points, and brought Oklahoma City to within eight with less than a minute remaining, but could get no closer. Point guard Russell Westbrook had another strong game with 26 points and 10 assists, but his six turnovers hurt the Thunder in key situations down the stretch.
Counting last year's Finals, Miami has collected six straight wins over the Thunder.
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