It was a came from behind win for Kevin Durant and the rest of Oklahoma City Thunders as they trailed Miami Heat until the last quarter to win their first NBA Finals game at 105-94.
Despite playing in front of their home crowd, Thunders seemed overpowered by the power trio of the Miami Heat early-on in the game. Miami enjoyed double digit deficit in the 1st half. Thunders tried to rally in the 3rd to tie the game at 60 point but Miami’s LeBron James was unstoppable to get back their lead at the end of the 3rd quarter.
But the All-Star duo of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook didn’t disappoint their home crowd when they managed to pull away in the last quarter. It was a Durant show in the 4th quarter scoring 17 points of his total 36 points in the game with 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Westbrook also showed great play with his 27 points, 8 rebounds and 12 assists.
Meanwhile Miami Heat was top scored by LeBron James collecting 30 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists, Wade with 19 points, 4 rebounds and 8 assists. Bosh also contributed 10 points, Battier with 17 and Chalmers 12 points.
Thunder Head Coach Scott Brooks on their win today said “We showed a lot of toughness in the second half, but we’ve just won one game. K.D. (Durant) is a terrific player but he’s special because he defends. In our huddles it’s all about defense.”
Oklahoma now leads the series 1-0 and their hoping to win another game on Thursday also at Oklahoma for their Game 2. It they win again it will be a another hard challenge for LeBron and the Miami to win the finals as the stats says 72.7 percent of the time, the team who wins the 1st game will win the championship. Well let’s just see who among Durant or James will be sporting their first ever NBA championship ring.
- N.B.A. Finals: Thunder 105, Heat 94: N.B.A. Finals – Durant Powers Thunder Past LeBron’s Heat (nytimes.com)
- Oklahoma City Thunder storm back against Miami Heat to take NBA Finals Game One (guardian.co.uk)
- Heat with no answer for KD in Game 1 (abs-cbnnews.com