And then, finally, Kevin Durant missed. LeBron James had the ball, the night, the game and, suddenly, end of horrors was just what the Heat hoped.

Oklahoma City can talk of almosts. But there are no almosts this time of year. There are wins, losses and moving on quickly to the next night, which the Heat will do very happily after their 100-96 win Thursday night in Game 2 of the NBA Finals.

What's that expression Pat Riley once coined for his Heat teams? "Don't let go of the rope?" The Heat didn't let go of that it or the lead in the end, no matter how frantic a rush Oklahoma City put on them in the closing minutes.