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NBA finals Game 3: No slow start by Thunder, 47-46 Heat at the half

2012 NBA Finals - Game Three

MIAMI, FL - JUNE 17: Kevin Durant #35 of the Oklahoma City Thunder drives for a dunk attempt in the first half against LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat in Game Three of the 2012 NBA Finals on June 17, 2012 at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

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This time, there was no slow start by the Thunder.

In Game 3 they got down 10-4 but came back with James Harden early and the result was a close first half, with the Heat leading much of the way but never coming close to pulling away.

It is 47-46 Heat at the half of what promises to be a barnburner of a second half.

Miami is doing their work inside — they are getting their shots in the paint but only shot 41 percent for the half. The key was they grabbed 10 offensive rebounds — on 38.5 percent of their missed shots they got the offensive rebound. That is the difference.

LeBron James led the attacks inside and had 16 points in the first half. Dwyane Wade had 11 points but was just 5-of-15 shooting to get there. As a team the Heat started out just 4-of-13 shooting in the second quarter.

Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant each have 13 for the Thunder. Westbrook took 10 shots in the first half, same as Game 2, but this time hit five of them.