‘We ran out of gas’: How the Thunder failed to put away the Heat in Chesapeake Energy Arena return

Here are four other takeaways from the game: 

Max efficiency 

Gilgeous-Alexander hesitated and drove past the lunging Max Strus, and then the Thunder guard jumped between Heat forwards Andre Iguodala and Jimmy Butler at the rim, where Gilgeous-Alexander put just the right amount of spin on his layup to beat the third-quarter buzzer. 

“I just wanted to make a play,” Gilgeous-Alexander said. “I made a three on the same guy and I knew he’d be pressing up a little bit, so I created some space, hesitated, and then tried to get into the lane. Tried to go until someone stopped me and they just didn’t stop me, so I made a layup.” 

Gilgeous-Alexander played at extreme efficiency no matter the shot difficulty.

He was 10-of-15 from the floor, 2-of-3 from 3-point range and 5-of-6 from the free throw line for 27 points. The only fault in his game? He took just one shot in the fourth quarter. 

“I thought they were a little looser in the first half and he definitely took advantage of that,” Daigneault said. “He took advantage of their mistakes. I thought they tightened it up a little bit in the second half.” 

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra was complimentary of Gilgeous-Alexander after the game. 

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