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Heat Vs. Thunder, 2012 NBA Finals Game 2: Miami Leads By 12 At Half

The Miami Heat took a 55-43 lead over the Oklahoma City Thunder into the locker room at halftime of Game 2. After jumping out to an 18-2 lead to start the game, the Heat enjoyed a double-digit lead for the entire first half. Dwyane Wade led the charge from the tip and finished the half with 13 points. Miami continues to attack the rim, even with Serge Ibaka challenging and altering shots in the paint. LeBron James led all Miami scorers with 14 points but Chris Bosh had an incredible active half in the the paint, grabbing 10 boards and scoring 10 points.

Miami maintained the lead, however, on the defensive end. They held OKC to just 34 percent from the floor and eliminated the transition offense. Sixth Man of the Year James Harden came off the bench and was the only Thunder player to really get into rhythm on the offensive end. Harden finished the half with a game-high 17 points in 17 minutes. Saddled with two early fouls, Kevin Durant is just three of nine from the field for only six points.

The Heat enjoyed a double-digit lead for much of the first half in Game 1, but the Thunder came out in the third quarter and blitzed Miami to erase a 7-point deficit and take a lead into the final 12 minutes. Miami will have to keep up the defensive effort to even the series.

Stick with this StoryStream for all your news throughout the 2012 NBA Finals. For more on the Heat, visit Peninsula Is Mightier. For the opponent's perspective throughout the series, visit Welcome To Loud City and SB Nation Kansas City. For all your Finals analysis, visit SB Nation's NBA hub.

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