LOS ANGELES DPA - LeBron James scored 32 points, including a pair of clinching free throws with seven seconds left, as the visiting Miami Heat held off the Oklahoma City Thunder 100-96 on Thursday night to square the NBA Finals series at one game apiece.
Dwyane Wade tallied 22 points, Shane Battier had 17 while Chris Bosh finished with 16 and 15 rebounds for Miami, which never trailed and led by as many as 17 but withstood some anxious moments in the final seconds.
Foul-plagued Kevin Durant netted 26 of his 32 points in the second half, Russell Westbrook added 27 while James Harden contributed 21 off the bench for the Thunder, which dropped to 9-1 at home in the post-season.
Trailing by 13 in the final frame, the Thunder stormed to within 98-96 on Durant’s three-pointer. The reigning three-time league scoring champ then looked to tie the game but his short jumper over James from the left baseline bounced off the rim with nine seconds left.
James appeared lucky not to have a foul called on him for his contact on Durant, before grabbing the rebound and copping a foul himself from Westbrook.
Star No.6 James hit both from the line as the Heat secured the result and took home-court advantage.