The Heat had struggled at the free-throw line at times during the first three rounds of the playoffs.

But in the NBA Finals, shots from the stripe haven’t been much of a problem.

On Sunday night, Miami’s proficiency from the line might have been its salvation.

Miami was in danger of watching the visiting Thunder take control during the third quarter, yet 13 free-throw makes for the Heat kept the visitors at bay.

Miami then made 9 of 10 in the fourth, as it took its first lead in the Finals with a 91-85 victory in Game 3.

Game 4 is back in Miami on Tuesday night.

The Heat was an impressive 22 of 24 from the line in the second half and scored 31 of its 91 points via the free shot. Oklahoma City, however, hit on just 63 percent of its free throws (15 of 24).

– Reported by George Richards of the Miami Herald

InsideHoops.com note: The Heat finished Game 3 hitting 31-of-35 from the line.