The Miami Heat held off a late fightback from the Oklahoma City Thunder to take a 100-96 win on Thursday that levelled the NBA Finals at 1-1.

OKC trailed by as much as 17 after a terrible first half as LeBron James, who had a team-high 32 points, had the Heat up 56-43 at half-time.

The Big Three lived up to the hype. Dwyane Wade had 24 while Chris Bosh added 16 points and 15 boards.

And and although Kevin Durant sparked a fourth quarter rally, he missed a baseline jumper in the dying seconds under pressure from James that would have tied the game, allowing the Heat to seal victory from the foul line.

“This is a good team and we didn’t want to be down 2-0,” said Bosh.

“We know in order to accomplish our goal, we have to win on the road. We’re a good road team. We’ve done it before. They posed a great challenge because they hadn’t lost up until today. But we felt that we let one get away and we felt that we could play a much, much better game in Game 2.”

Miami now go home for the next three games. A perfect run on South Beach would mean no return to Oklahoma.

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