James scores 29, Heat rally past Thunder 91-85
Miami Heat small forward LeBron James (6) and Oklahoma City Thunder small forward Kevin Durant (35) get into position for the next play during the first half at Game 3 of the NBA Finals basketball series, June 17, 2012, in Miami. / AP Photo/Lynne Sladky
(AP) MIAMI - Halfway to a title, and LeBron James shows no sign of letting this one get away.
James had 29 points and 14 rebounds, and the Miami Heat took a 2-1 lead in the NBA Finals with a 91-85 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday night.
Dwyane Wade had 25 points, seven rebounds and seven assists for the Heat, who were in this same position through three games last year, then didn't win again against the Dallas Mavericks.
James' poor performance was part of the problem then, but he seems on top of his game this time. His 3-pointer sent the Heat to the fourth quarter with the lead, and he scored five straight Miami points when the Heat were building just enough cushion to hold off another late flurry by the Thunder.
Game 4 is Tuesday night.
Kevin Durant had 25 points for the Thunder, but picked up his fourth foul in the third quarter and had to go to the bench when they had seemed to have control of the game. Russell Westbrook finished with 19 points.
2012 NBA Finals
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