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Game 1: Oklahoma City 105 – Miami 94
Down but never out. That seems to be the motto of the Thunder during this post-season run that has resulted in them taking game 1. The Heat bolted out of the gate early quickly jumping out to a 10-2 lead. They held that lead for the majority of the game until the waning moments of the third quarter. From that point it was the Thunder who would never relinquish the lead and it was the second half that proved to be the difference for OKC who outscored the Heat 58 to 40.
For the Heat Lebron James played pretty well scoring 30 points although he only scored two field goals in the fourth quarter. The problem with the Heat was with James’s supporting cast. Dwayne Wade scored 19 but had yet another slow start only scoring 6 points in the first half. Shane Battier on the other hand started hot scoring 13 in the first half but cooled off in the second and finished with 17. Chris Bosh came off the bench and finished with 10 shooting 4-11. The Heat will have to play a complete game on Thursday or they will most like fall into a 2-0 hole.
For the Thunder Durant presented a very good argument for why he should be considered the best player in the game. The 23 year old stepped up when OKC needed him to and scored 17 points in the fourth quarter. The NBA scoring leader lead all scorers with 36. Russell Westbrook got in on the fun too as he scored 27 but shot just 10-24. The duo combined to outscore Miami in the second half. Our Cat Nazr Mohammed did not play yet again but presence inside was not a problem for OKC. The Thunder managed to score 56 points in the paint. The Thunder showed an ability to score both inside and out and if they continue to play as they have the young team will be sporting some fresh new rings.
Game 2 will see the Heat try to adjust and steal a game on the road. That tips off Thursday night at 9.
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