Heat hang on in Game Two thanks to controversial last minute call
Miami Heat tied the NBA finals series with Oklahoma City Thunder thanks to a dramatic 100-96 but Thunder will feel hard done by after controversy over the very last play of the game.
With the Heat clinging to a two-point lead, and needing to get a stop they got it. LeBron James kept his cool at the line with two free throws. That stop, though, included some contact between James and Oklohoma City star Kevin Durant – contact that could have been called a foul, but wasn’t.
That decision could prove to be pivotal, not only in this game but in the whole series with the scores tied at 1-1 after two matches. The win for Heat was crucial to avoid going two down in the series. They came under heavy pressure in the final quarter but withstood it well to hold on to a crucial victory.
The controversial call sparked reaction on Twitter. “Kevin Durant wouldn’t admit it but just about everyone saw LeBron James hack him on a key play” tweeted Pierre Richard Midy.
Darlie Bell also tweeted “Aha LeBron did foul him…they won but cheated!”
The controversial James produced another big game for Heat with 32 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Dwyane Wade also contributed well with 24 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists, while Chris Bosh's 16 points and 15 rebounds were invaluable. Shane Battier added a further 17 points with every point crucial in a tightly fought contest. Durant was Thunder’s biggest earner with 32 points.
The next game of a hotly contested finals series will be played in Miami on Monday.