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Durant stages late comeback for Thunder, goes up 1-0 on LeBron and company

 

 

Oklahoma City turned a reeling first half into a second half shootout with the Miami Heat. Kevin Durant scored 18 of his 36 points in the fourth quarter as the Thunder stole game one of the NBA Finals, 105-94.

Russell Westbrook finished with 27 points on 10 of 14 shooting after scoring less than 10 in the first half. He also dished a game high 11 assists.

Miami was led by LeBron James who scored 30 points on 11 of 24 shooting, while Dwyane Wade posted 19 points on seven of 19 from the field. James’s 30 points were the most he has ever scored in an NBA Finals game.

The Heat had a breakout first half as they were five of six from beyond the arc in the first quarter and the game looked well out of reach before halftime. Shane Battier who finished with a playoff career high 17 points, was a big part of the three-point scoring threat in the first half. The Thunder however, made a comeback after being down by as much as 13 and cut the deficit to seven, trailing 54-47 heading to the locker room.

In the second half, the Thunder buckled down on defense and were able to make some stops unlike the first two quarters. Thabo Sefolosha who has been a part of the strong Thunder defense played well forcing many missed shots from the Heat in his 28 minutes of play.

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According to espn.com, Kevin Durant said it’s all about a team oriented game.

“This is all about the team,” Durant said. “We were able to buckle down on defense late after they had four or five three pointers in the first half.”

Chris Bosh played much needed extended minutes this time around with 33, but only scored 10 points.

After this game, the Heat have to look toward game two as they trail the series 1-0. Tipoff is set for Thursday at 9 eastern in Oklahoma City. The Thunder crowd will be just as loud as they were in game one and will be sure to give LeBron James an earful as he looks to earn his first championship ring of his career.

 

 

 

By: Tyler Scott
Pro Basketball Fans Staff Writer


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