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With Celtics behind them, Heat now collides with Thunder in NBA Finals

Miami decisively defeated Boston in Game 7. They now advance to the NBA Finals against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Game 1 is tonight starting at 9 p.m. Eastern time on ABC.

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Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade, left, and forward LeBron James talk during practice, Monday, June 11, in Oklahoma City. Game 1 of the NBA Finals between the Heat and Oklahoma City Thunder is scheduled for Tuesday.

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Though “Heat” and “Thunder” sound more like a clash of weather phenomena than an NBA Finals matchup, there most definitely will be a collision of sorts starting Tuesday night when the Miami Heat and Oklahoma City Thunder meet in Game 1 of the NBA Finals before a capacity crowd at Oklahoma City’s Chesapeake Energy Center.

The Heat advanced on Saturday night by defeating the Boston Celtics, 101-88, based largely on the continued strong play of LeBron James and Dwyane Wade. James, who scored 31 points while pulling down 12 rebounds, tallied at least 25 points in all seven games of the Eastern Conference Finals - an historic accomplishment.

Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra was once again careful about working in big man Chris Bosh, who’s still mending from an abdominal strain he sustained in the quarterfinal series against Indiana. But when he did hit the floor, Bosh hit it running, scoring 19 points in 31 minutes of game time.

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