The Miami Heat and Oklahoma City Thunder split the first two games of the NBA Finals in Oklahoma City, setting up three straight games in Miami that will likely go a long way towards deciding the series.
Game three gets under way Sunday night from Miami at 8 p.m. ET.
The Heat jumped out to huge leads in both games one and two, but the Thunder closed the gap in both games. In game one they roared past Miami in the fourth quarter for a 105-94 win. In the second game, however, they weren't able to close the gap all the way and eventually succumbed 100-96.
The main thrust of the preparations for game three for the Thunder has been starting quicker and not giving the Heat huge leads to begin the ballgame.
Statistically speaking, the first pair of contests was nearly a draw. Both teams shot 47 percent, and made 14 three pointers. The Thunder have four more boards over the pair of games and the Heat have committed two more fouls.
Oklahoma City has a slight scoring edge, 201-194, but the series could not be much closer than it has been through the first two games.
In a series this close the margin between winning and losing is often a few key plays from the stars. In game one, it was Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and James Harden who were able to top LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. In game two the Heat's big three got the better of Oklahoma City's.
The brightest lights in the NBA will be focused on those stars in Miami as they get set to do battle again.
Where To Watch: The game can be viewed online at FirstRowSports. It will also be broadcast nationally on ABC at 8 p.m. EDT.
Prediction: Miami finally looks like a professional veteran team and that should scare the Thunder. Look for the Heat to keep playing polished, controlled basketball to hold off the Thunder in game three.
Predicted Score: Miami over Oklahoma City 103-95.