jimmythegreek Posts:12612 Followers:392
On 06/13/2012 02:12 PM in NBA


Kevin Durant scored 36 poitns and Russell Westbrook added 27 as the Oklahoma City Thunder took game 1 of the NBA Finals by beating the Miami Heat 105-94 last night at the Chesapeake Arena. Durant picked up where he left off in the previous series win against San Antonio by making 12/20 (60%) from the field including 4/8 (50%) from point range along with 8 rebounds. Westbrook shot 10/24 (42%) and also collected 8 rebounds while dishing out a team high 11 assists. Serge Ibaka contributed 10 points for OKC, who shot 52% overall despite making only 5/17 (29%) from 3 point range. The Thunder also converted 20/27 (74%) from the free throw line, recorded 22 assists against just 10 turnovers and outrebounded the Heat 43-35. Lebron James led Miami with 30 points and 9 rebounds on 11/24 (46%) overall. Dwayne Wade added 19 but converted only 7/19 (37%) from the floor along with 4 rebounds and 8 assists. Shane Battier contributed 17 on 6/9 (67%) overall including 4/6 (67%) from beyond the arc. Miami shot 46% overall including 8/19 (42%) from 3 point territory while making 14/18 (78%) from the charity stripe. Teaming with Russell Westbrook to outscore the Heat in the second half by themselves, Durant struck first in his head-to-head matchup with James, who had seven points in the final quarter and was helpless to stop the league's three-time scoring champion. Durant and Westbrook outscored the Heat 41-40 over the final two periods, showing that maybe this time it will be offense that wins championships. It was James' supporting cast that stepped up bigger to start, the Heat hitting five of their six 3-point attempts in jumping to a 29-22 lead after one quarter. Spoelstra kept Chris Bosh as a reserve, the role he has played since returning from a nine-game absence with a strained lower abdominal muscle. Smart decision, as Battier hit his first three 3-point attempts in the opening minutes to spark Miami's strong start. Durant took only one shot in the second quarter, and it wasn't until 9 minutes had passed. By then, the Heat had built a lead as large as 13 points, keeping it in or near double digits most of the period before the Thunder sliced it to 54-47 at halftime. James quickly answered after Oklahoma City tied the game for the first time at 60-all midway through the third, banking in a shot and powering in for a layup and a quick four-point lead. The Heat pushed the lead back to five but the Thunder kept coming, finally pulling ahead for the first time when Westbrook darted into the lane and was fouled while scoring with 16.4 seconds remaining, the free throw making it 74-73. James and Wade both were bent over, hands on knees, during one stoppage with about 7 minutes remaining. Durant kept pouring it on, racing down the court to throw down a fast-break dunk and later adding a 3-pointer that pushed it to 87-81 with 6:30 remaining. The Heat got within four points, but Durant hit two quick baskets and Westbrook added another for a 10-point lead with 3:35 to go. Game 2 is Thursday night at the Chesapeake Arena and will be a lot more vital than advertised due to the fact that games 3, 4, and (if necessary) 5 will shift to the AA arena.

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