The Miami Heat have taken control of the 2012 NBA Finals. Miami won Game 3 because of the free throw disparity, which subsequently put Kevin Durant into foul trouble late in the third quarter, and LeBron James (29 points, 14 rebounds and three assists).
The Oklahoma City Big Three struggled immensely; they combined for 53 points and 45% percent shooting. James Harden, especially, couldn’t muster up anything on the offensive or defensive side of the ball. He finished with nine points, six rebounds, six assists and 20% shooting. Durant’s foul trouble forced Scott Brooks to switch Harden over to LeBron, an obvious physical mismatch.
James played well in the final frame. Again. He tallied eight points and four rebounds including a pivotal dunk against Durant that netted him his fifth foul. James converted on the subsequent free throw.
Miami staved off Oklahoma City’s late rally that shorten the Heat lead to one point with 1:30 left. Russell Westbrook received a great opportunity to tie the game with under a minute to play after a defensive breakdown. The 3-pointer clanked off the rim and the game was essentially over.
Game 4 is scheduled to tip off at 8:00 p.m. CST on Tuesday night.