LeBron James shined once again in all facets of the game as the Miami Heat rolled to a comfortable 110-100 victory over the Oklahoma City, turning a much-anticipated showdown into a snooze fest.
James tallied a double-double with 39 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists on Thursday night at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, where the Thunder were hoping to avenge their 4-games-to-1 defeat in last year's NBA Finals and a loss earlier this season to the Heat in Miami.
Despite his latest stellar performance, James saw his NBA record streak of games with at least 30 points and 60 percent shooting end at six after he connected on 14 of his 24 field-goal attempts (58 percent).
The Heat came out of the gates quickly to take a 32-17 lead after the first quarter and a 63-46 lead at halftime of the teams' last game before the All-Star break.
The Thunder mounted a bit of a comeback late in the fourth quarter, but some clutch 3-point shooting by the Heat sealed the win.
Power forward Chris Bosh scored 20 points and added 12 rebounds for the Heat, while the other "Big 3" member, shooting guard Dwyane Wade, had a quiet night with 13 points and eight assists.
The Thunder were led by All-Star forward Kevin Durant, who finished with 40 points despite struggling in the first half. Point guard Russell Westbrook scored 26 points and dished out 10 assists in a losing effort.
In one other game Thursday night, the Los Angeles Lakers' woes continued in a 125-101 blowout loss to their fellow Staples Center tenant, the Los Angeles Clippers.
Chris Paul had a solid game for the Clippers with 24 points and 13 assists, while power forward Blake Griffin came out at a blistering pace in the first quarter and finished the night with 22 points and 10 rebounds. EFE