Three Takeaways From Oklahoma City's Second Straight Win Over the Miami Heat


Oklahoma City achieved a victory over Miami on Friday night, which allowed them to retain their position as the top seed in the Western Conference.

The Oklahoma City Thunder had a pretty clean slate going into Friday.The Thunder had a 2-2 road trip that ended with a win over the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday. 

Their return home for their next four games was just what they needed after losing to the San Antonio Spurs and the Los Angeles Lakers.

On top of that, the fact that their first game was against the Miami Heat meant that it was a victory that had to be celebrated with a smile. 

107–100 The Thunder were led by Shai Gilgeous-Alexander's 37 points and some hard work from their bench players, which contributed to the final score.

As the season winds down, Oklahoma City has reclaimed the top seed at 44-19.As the season winds down, Oklahoma City has reclaimed the top seed at 44-19.

"My whole life is consistent," Gilgeous-Alexander said postgame. Yes, I agree. An NBA superstar who puts up 30-plus point games in his sleep would have world-class consistency.

The 25-year-old scored 37 points on 13-of-25 shooting on Friday, his 47th game of 30 or more. They'll likely break this franchise record in less than a week.

He had two blocks and a steal and helped the Thunder win with a huge 3-pointer with under two minutes left. "When it comes down to it, to me, it's not a big shot, it's just another shot."

Oklahoma City had a tough first half shooting, but the Heat's strength and effort were too much for the Thunder, and they ended up going into the second half with a 10-point lead.

Miami was able to take the lead thanks to Jaime Jaquez Jr.'s scorching 17 points in the first half, but Oklahoma City had a difficult time catching up in the final 24 minutes of the game.

That call was answered by Gilgeous-Alexander, who along with Jalen Williams helped erase what seemed like a small loss in the third quarter and then build on their own lead.

With a 77-73 lead going into the fourth round, the Thunder were now in a solid position; yet, they were aware that they could not allow themselves to become complacent.

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