The Thunder did not let the big stage of the Finals affect them negatively for too long. Kevin Durant led the way (34pts, 8reb, 4ast) for the Thunder en route to a 104-95 victory over the Heat and a 1-0 lead in the NBA Finals. A massive step for a Thunder who looked a bit nervous and shaky throughout the first quarter and Miami took advantage of it with open looks at the basket. Led by LeBron James (30pts, 9reb, 4ast) the Heat maintained their lead throughout the first half, going up by as many as 13 in the 2nd quarter. As the second half approached, the lead for Miami slowly went away mostly due to the Heat shooting cooling off a bit. With little aid to James the Thunder took advantage and caught up in the 3rd quarter. The Thunder looked more balanced on offense in the second half, finding easy dunks, getting into the paint and knocking down open looks.
On the other hand the Heat did little to support LeBron in the second half and never recovered after the Thunder took the lead early in the 4th. Sure LeBron didn’t have a good 4th quarter (#BlameItOnLebron was trending on Twitter last night) but neither did any of the Heat players. Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh did not shoot well so if the Heat have any plans of making this series that’s going to have to change. Oklahoma City seems to have gotten over their jitters and looks focused to keep rolling, not a good sign for a Heat team that needs to win four of the next six. Keep in mind that this same Heat team won the first game of the Finals just a year ago so I would hold off on any conclusions just yet. So far this series has started off great and I’m looking forward to what’s to come between these two teams.
Surely I’ll have a better time than Lil Wayne who, after attending the game, tweeted “Again I was treated like sh!t by the Thunder arena staff…dam..I hope da Heat beat da dog sh!t out em!!”