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Game 2 Draws Best Preliminary TV Rating Since 2004

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AUBURN HILLS, MI - JUNE 1:  (L-R) Chauncey Billups #1, Rasheed Wallace #30, President of Basketball Operations Joe Dumars (holding trophy) and Ben Wallace #3 of the Detroit Pistons celebrate their win over the Indiana Pacers in Game six of the Eastern Conference Finals during the 2004 NBA Playoffs at The Palace of Auburn Hills on June 1, 2004 in Auburn Hills, Michigan.  The Pistons defeated the Pacers 69-65 and won the 2004 Eastern Conference Championship.  (Photo by Tom Pidgeon/Getty Images)

AUBURN HILLS, MI – JUNE 1: (L-R) Chauncey Billups #1, Rasheed Wallace #30, President of Basketball Operations Joe Dumars (holding trophy) and Ben Wallace #3 of the Detroit Pistons celebrate their win over the Indiana Pacers in Game six of the Eastern Conference Finals during the 2004 NBA Playoffs at The Palace of Auburn Hills on June 1, 2004 in Auburn Hills, Michigan. The Pistons defeated the Pacers 69-65 and won the 2004 Eastern Conference Championship. (Photo by Tom Pidgeon/Getty Images)

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The NBA Finals’ Game 2 drew the highest preliminary television rating since 2004.

The Miami Heat’s 100-96 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday night on ABC earned an 11.8 overnight rating. The network said Friday that was up 12 percent from last year’s series between the Heat and Dallas Mavericks.

Game 2 of the 2004 finals between the Detroit Pistons and Los Angeles Lakers drew a 12.3 overnight rating.

Ratings represent the percentage of U.S. homes with televisions tuned into a program. Overnight ratings measure the country’s largest markets.

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