Thursday, June 14, 2012

2012 NBA Finals: Game 2 - Running Diary of LeBron James

Game 2

After a game 1, where the Miami Heat had every chance to win, Kevin Durant put on his cape and took his team home once again. It marked the 6th time in the playoffs where he's dropped 30 points. There is no denying that the man-child is on a hell of a run. He may be the best closer in the game right now.

7:56 PM - The arena plays the Darth Vader theme song for the Miami Heat team again. Awesomeness.

8:04 PM - LeBron is doing his meditation thing again. I wonder what he's thinking about. Please think positive thoughts.
8:07 PM - Bosh is in the starting line up. LeBron starts on Durant. First adjustments made by the Miami Heat.
8:14 PM - Miami up 13-2. Big difference with Bosh in there. Wade looks much more aggressive as well. Looks like LeBron will be defending Durant all game, who's missed two wide open threes so far.
8:36 PM - Miami up 27-15 at the end of the first quarter. Ibaka just met LeBron at the summit for one of the most impressive blocks ever. Wow.
8:41 PM - Norris Cole sighting. Another adjustment from Coach Spo.
8:44 PM - With 9:33 minutes left in the second quarter, LeBron takes his first breather of the game. Wade looks like a completely different player. Side note: it seems like Fisher can't miss right now.
8:48 PM - OKC is being carried by "Fear the Beard" James Harden right now. They are still down 10 points, but the momentum is clearly changing. I know he's been out for only a minute, but its time to put LeBron back in.
8:54 PM - LeBron has returned. Their lead is down to 8 points. Six minutes left, let's how the first half ends.
9:15 PM - Miami up 55-43 at the end of the first half. There were plenty of chances for Miami to draw Durant's third foul. Very timely threes by Harden and Sefolosha to keep OKC in it. Credit goes out to Bosh and Wade. Wade came out with much more aggression in the first quarter and Bosh really attacked the offensive boards. On TV, it looks like LeBron was coasting for most of the first half. It looks like its setting up to be another great second half.
9:45 PM - LeBron and Durant have come out looking for their shots. Both guys have three fouls with four minutes left in the 3rd quarter. Miami up 70-55.
9:56 PM - The crowd is going absolutely nuts. LeBron attacks Durant and draws his fourth foul. Smart play. Miami's lead is now to 11 points.
10:04 PM - Miami is up 78-67. Russell Westbrook is the reason why OKC is in it right now. He's playing great defense, attacking the glass, and taking it to the hole when he has the one on one advantage. Everyone knows the OKC run is coming, the question is whether or not LeBron and company will be able to withstand it. The fourth quarter is make or break it time for the "king."
10:15 PM - Durant just hit a three in Battier's face and then went on to dunk it in Battier's face. Miami's lead is down to 8 points. Here comes Durant again! What will be James's reply? Durant with 21 points, 3 rebounds, 0 assists, and 1 block. LeBron with 26 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, and 1 steal. 8 minutes left in the game.
10:25 PM - WHAT A GAME!!! LeBron scores. Durant scores. Wade scores. Harden scores. Westbrook scores. Shane banks a three pointer. Durant hits a three. LeBron draws a foul. Miami up 90-86 with 4 minutes left.
10:33 PM - Miami up 94-91. LeBron has deferred on three straight possessions. Even though I am a huge fan, he is failing in the closing moments again. His team is still up so we'll see if he can bring them home.
10:37 PM - FINALLY LEBRON WITH A CLUTCH BUCKET. A nice kiss off the glass, going to his left from 15 feet out. 96-91. Durant misses a three and Westbrook tries to tip dunk it from five feet out.
10:41 PM - A great dump off pass by Wade to Bosh after getting Ibaka up in the air for a dunk with one second left on the shot clock.
10:44 PM - Wade turns it over! Durant hits a three! OKC with the ball coming out of the time out. They are down 2 with 13 seconds left in the game.
10:45 PM - Miami 100, OKC 96. Game over. First and foremost, I would like to say that Durant is the man. He owns the fourth quarter. The series is now tied at 1-1. LeBron with 32 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists, and 1 steal in 43 minutes. Overall, he shot 10-21 from the field, 0-1 from three, and 12-12 from the line. Five straight 30 point games and 8 out of the last 9 games. THE RETURN OF THE KING. The stories of the game tonight are Chris Bosh's 7 offensive rebounds and the Thunder shooting 19-26 from the free throw line (including two huge misses by Durant and Harden).

All times are Central Standard Time.
Photo content courtesy of: The Associated Press

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