Miami Heat small forward LeBron James (6) passes against Oklahoma City Thunder small forward Kevin Durant (35)
CAPTION: Jun 17, 2012; Miam, FL, USA; Miami Heat small forward LeBron James (6) passes against Oklahoma City Thunder small forward Kevin Durant (35) during the first quarter in game three in the 2012 NBA Finals at the American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE
LeBron James tries to quiet the home crowd late in Miami's 91-85 victory over Oklahoma City in Game 3 of the NBA Finals on Sunday. James had 29 points and 14 rebounds as the Heat seized a 2-1 series lead.
Thunder power forward Nick Collison shows his team's frustration. Oklahoma City squandered a 10-point lead in the third quarter and struggled down the stretch. The Thunder also made only 15 of 24 free throws, while the Heat made 31 of 35.
Not his best shot
Russell Westbrook missed 10 of 18 shots and was benched by Thunder coach Scott Brooks in the third quarter after two consecutive misses and a turnover. Westbrook finished with 19 points but missed a potential tying 3-pointer in the final minute.
Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook didn't play well in Game 3, finishing with only 19 points and looking indecisive most of the night. He missed a very late wide-open three-point shot in the fourth quarter which would have tied the game and possibly sent it to overtime.
Thunder power forward Nick Collison's only two points of the game came on this dunk. He only added two boards in 13 minutes of play. OKC will need more from him if it wants to get back into the series.
Heat small forward LeBron James gets tangled with Thunder power forward Serge Ibaka. Ibaka continues to play an important part of OKC's defense. He only had a pair of blocks in Game 3, but his presence makes some Heat players think twice about driving in the paint.
Three down, one to go
Miami Heat T-shirts are displayed on seats at AmericanAirlines Arena before Game 3 of the NBA Finals. After splitting the first two games in Oklahoma City, the series moved to Miami for Games 3, 4 and 5.
Sing it loud and proud
Julia Dale sings the national anthem before Game 3. The 10-year-old Fort Lauderdale native performed so well in her rehearsal three hours before the game that ABC's director made sure she would be part of the national telecast, the Palm Beach Post reported.
Heat shooting guard Dwyane Wade passes the ball to Chris Bosh as he is defended by Thunder shooting guard Thabo Sefolosha.
Heat fans hold up cutouts of small forward LeBron James and shooting guard Dwyane Wade during the second quarter in Game 3. The fans behind the signs were probably a little miffed since nobody's tickets were cheap.
Miami's Shane Battier attempts to block Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant, who finished with 25 points despite sitting for a large part of the third quarter with foul trouble.
Hard to the hoop
Miami Heat small forward LeBron James shot 6 for 8 from the free-throw line, and he has done a good job of getting Kevin Durant into foul trouble with his driving.
Heat shooting guard Dwyane Wade played nearly 45 minutes and poured in a very important 25 points. Wade also sank some clutch free throws which helped Miami put the game away for good late.
Split the pair
OKC guard James Harden was a mere 2 for 10 from the floor in Game 3, including 0 for 4 from three-point range, finishing with just nine points. Harden is another player from whom the Thunder will need more if they are to win the Finals.
All yours, Dwyane
Under pressure from Kevin Durant, LeBron James passes to Dwyane Wade in the first quarter. James and Wade combined for 27 points in the first half, giving the Heat a 47-46 lead at the break.