Thunder Lose Another Close One As Heat Hold On

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The Miami Heat got two free throws from Dwyane Wade with 1.5 seconds left to take a 97-95 lead, then held on to win when a Russell Westbrook three-pointer was no good at the buzzer, to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 97-95 on Thursday night, December 3, at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida.

The game featured an amazing 38 lead changes, including nine in the fourth quarter.

The 38 lead changes is just two off the NBA single game record.

OKC took the lead for the last time when Kevin Durant hit a three-pointer to put the Thunder up 95-93 lead with 1:31 to play.

Wade answered with a short jumper in the lane to tie the game with 29 seconds left.

Durant missed a three-pointer that could have given OKC the lead with 8 seconds left.

Wade was then fouled on a drive to the basket with 1.5 seconds left and hit two free throws to put Miami up 97-95.

Wade had 28 points to lead all scorers.

Westbrook and Durant both had 25 points for OKC, with Durant adding 9 rebounds and 5 assists, and Westbrook adding 7 assists.

The Thunder lost both games on their first back-to-back road game stretch of the season, dropping to 11-8 on the year.

OKC returns home Sunday, December 6, to host Sacramento at 6:00 at Chesapeake Arena.





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