When the Miami Heat faced the Oklahoma City Thunder earlier this season, it was an exciting back-and-forth contest that saw 38 lead changes with the Heat ultimately proving victorious.
The four-time All-Star's performance was the ideal response after he was ejected against the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday, as the Thunder extended their winning streak to three games.
By the end of the third, the outcome of the game was really never in doubt.
The Timberwolves were about as cold as it gets Friday night.
Right now the Thunder are in a great position. They might not been able to reach their good position without Durant, though.
Bosh scored 10 points and Whiteside had 9 points, 6 rebounds and 4 blocks in the third quarter when the Heat erased a double-digit deficit. Oklahoma City limited the Heat to three offensive rebounds before halftime and seven overall. To say next to nothing of the 14.8 rebounds, 14 assists, and almost four steals per game they combine for.
Backup Beno Udrih sat with a sore knee, so Tyler Johnson got the start and while he filled in moderately well, Chris Bosh (12 points on 5-of-16 shooting), Luol Deng (two points on 0-of-5) and the entire Heat bench (eight points on 2-of-15 shooting) struggled. "This is part of the growing pains of learning in the National Basketball Association, and sometimes, you can't save them every night".
50 Cent's No. 1 hit from 2003, "In Da Club", played before he was shown on the big screen. He rested in the fourth quarter.
LeBron James and Kyrie Irving combined to score 42 points for Cleveland, who limited the Rockets to a season-low point total in a 91-77 victory in Houston.
Denver center Jusuf Nurkic isn't likely to play due to a left knee injury while point guard Jameer Nelson is questionable with a sprained left wrist. He played more than 20 minutes for just the third time this season. Assists: Minnesota 15 (Bjelica 4), Oklahoma City 31 (Westbrook 10). But the Thunder are considered a legitimate title contender for a reason and the second-best offense in the league took a 24-18 lead in the first.
January 15 vs. Minnesota: Tallied 21 points, seven assists and six rebounds in 113-93 win against the Timberwolves.
Hopefully, the next step is Payne choreographing an entire dance routine for the whole Thunder squad, and they just take to halfcourt to perform it before the game begins.
Timberwolves host Suns on Sunday. The Heat, who beat Phoenix on January 8 to begin the excursion, are hoping star Dwyane Wade (shoulder) is available when they try to clinch a. 500 trip on Sunday.