Well, Game 1 of the NBA Finals is now in the books, and the Oklahoma City Thunder will be celebrating their 105-94 victory this evening.
Miami jumped out to a quick start, looking sharp and extremely dangerous as they took a seven point lead in the first quarter. Kevin Durant and the Thunder wouldn't be silenced for long as they roared back in the third quarter and never looked back. Durant finished the game with 36 points and 8 boards, shooting an impressive 12-20 from the field, including 4-8 from deep.
LeBron James had an impressive performance, delivering 30 points to go along with 9 rebounds, but it wouldn't be enough to stifle the red-hot Thunder. The rest of the Big Three seemed to come up short, as Wade quietly scored 19 to go along with Bosh's 10 points off the bench. Russell Westbrook was just two rebounds shy of a triple-double, as he shined in the fourth quarter and finished the game with 27 points, 11 assists and 8 boards.
In the fourth, a series of missed three's and poor defense allowed the Thunder to make their final push, and the Heat were unable to stop the bleeding.
Though they went unnoticed statistically, I believe specific credit is due to Thabo Sefolosha for a strong defensive effort in his 28 minutes of play.
They say that the team that collects more rebounds always wins, and that was certainly the case this evening. Anyone watching the game could see how many rebounds the Thunder picked up as a result of their hustle, and the Heat simply looked lethargic out there. The Thunder were energetic, passionate and pertinacious, and their efforts were recompensed with a pivotal Game 1 victory tonight, as they take one step closer towards their ultimate goal.
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