ALL SQUARE: It's one game apiece as Miami level Detroit
OKLAHOMA CITY: LEBRON James scored 32 points and Chris Bosh had 16 points on his return to the starting line-up as the Miami Heat beat Oklahoma City 100-96 to level the NBA finals at one game apiece.
Forward Bosh, starting his first game since the middle of May, also grabbed 15 boards while guard Dwyane Wade rebounded from a poor performance in game one to finish with 24 points and five assists in Thursday's wire-to-wire win.
James was pleased with the way his teammates held it together late in the game when Oklahoma City made one final push for the win.
"We've been through a lot in the playoffs. We have been down, we have withstood rallies," said James, who was a perfect 12-for-12 from the free-throw line.
"The good thing about (tonight) is when they scored we just got back on offence and started to execute.
"This is a great team we are playing against and it is going to go all the way down to those zeroes to get a win."
Kevin Durant scored 32 points for the Thunder who had their nine-game win streak at home snapped in front of a crowd of 18,203 at the Chesapeake Arena.
The best-of-seven series now switches to Miami for game three tomorrow. AFP