Beanie Hats scored five of the next six points to give Orlando a 97-93 lead
28 February, 2013 at 4:56 am in Business
Cheap Snapbacks were moving the basketball so well. Everybody was touching it. We got good shots."After missing about seven minutes of game time, Westbrook came straight from the locker room with tape above his eye, checked in with 6:24 left in the third quarter and went to work. He drew a foul and made both free throws, and after a two-handed dunk by Durant, Westbrook drilled a 17-foot jumper, then hit three free throws after being fouled behind the arc.Westbrook then assisted on a basket by Serge Ibaka and followed with a 3-pointer to put Oklahoma City ahead 82-68, its biggest lead of the game, at the 3:44 mark."Russ is tough," Oklahoma City coach Scott Brooks said. "He competes. He does a lot of good things. Russell plays with a lot of emotion, a lot of toughness. He just plays hard. I'm so proud of the way he plays every night.Bosh sent the game into overtime with a 16-foot jumper that made it 99-99 with 35.8 seconds left. James gave Miami a 91-89 lead on a 3-pointer with 3:36 remaining, but Vucevic answered with a jumper to tie. Afflalo then scored five of the next six points to give Orlando a 97-93 lead. A 13-0 Miami run at the outset of the fourth quarter gave the Heat a 79-77 lead on a James dunk with 9:36 to play.Supreme Beanie scored the first seven points of the third quarter to take a 55-54 lead on a James jumper with 9:18 left, but Orlando responded by scoring the next eight points, then building a 77-66 lead on a Josh McRoberts layup with 51 seconds left in the period. Vucevic outrebounded the Heat by himself before halftime (16-11) as Orlando turned a 31-22 first-quarter deficit into a 54-48 lead at the break. Reddick and Vucevic each had 13 points in the opening half.
Augustin helped wrap up the win and finished with 17 points after being pushed into the starting lineup because of a thigh injury to George Hill.Augustin's three-pointer with 2:07 left gave the home team an 82-76 edge.While Indiana came to life with 50 second-half points, Memphis fell apart in the fourth behind poor shooting and decision making. Gay made just 3 of 17 shots on the day."Snapback Hats got a little selfish in the fourth quarter," said Grizzlies point guard Mike Conley. "We made a lot of bad turnovers and didn't continue to play our transition game."Memphis (19-9) have lost three of their last four to fall further behind first-place San Antonio in the Southwest Division. Miami (21-8) moved ahead for good on a James layup with 1:06 left that made it 108-106. Wade's dunk with 6.2 seconds left sealed the outcome. Aaron Afflalo scored 28 points for Orlando, now 12-19 after losing its sixth consecutive game. Nikola Vucevic had a career night with 20 points and a team-record 29 rebounds, and Reddick finished with 23 points. Chris Bosh and Wade had 22 and 21 points, respectively, for the Heat, who were outrebounded 50-33. Bosh sent the game into overtime with a 16-foot jumper that made it 99-99 with 35.8 seconds left. James gave Miami a 91-89 lead on a 3-pointer with 3:36 remaining, but Vucevic answered with a jumper to tie.Beanie Hats scored five of the next six points to give Orlando a 97-93 lead.