Trailing by 13 points in the second quarter, the Oklahoma Thunder sparked a fantastic second-half run to hold off the Miami Heat in the first game of the NBA Finals, 105-94.
Not surprisingly, the Thunder were fueled by scoring champion Kevin Durant, who finished with 36 points, eight rebounds, and four assists.
You know, this is a tough series, said Durant. This level of basketball is the hardest we play, and we just want to take it slow and take it a possession at time.
LeBron James, who finished with a team-high 30 points, was virtually silent throughout the fourth quarter.
In the first installment of the matchup between this year's MVP and scoring champion, Durant easily took the crown in Game One.
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KD got a couple looks that we don't like, said James. He had two transition threes that we gave up where had nobody on him, and he had a couple jumpers that we didn't like either, with nobody on him.
We need to make adjustments. We will make adjustments.
Game Two of the NBA Finals is scheduled for Thursday night in Oklahoma City.