Durant's Thunder take Game 1 from James' Heat

10:00 AM, Jun 13, 2012   |    comments
Kevin Durant & LeBron James (AP)
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Oklahoma City, OK (Sports Network) - There was a dominant duo on the floor in Oklahoma City on Tuesday night, but it wasn't LeBron James and Dwyane Wade.

Kevin Durant scored 17 of his 36 points in the fourth quarter and Russell Westbrook added 27 points and 11 assists, as the Thunder dominated the second half in a 105-94 victory over Miami in Game 1 of the NBA Finals.

Durant and Westbrook (41 points) outscored the entire Heat team (40) in the second half, as Oklahoma City flipped a switch and raced out in transition at will.

Oklahoma City also held a 43-35 rebounding edge with eight of those grabbed by Durant, who also dished out four assists in the win. Serge Ibaka scored all 10 of his points in the first half, but had a front row seat to his teammates' scoring explosion in the final 24 minutes.

James led Miami with 30 points, nine rebounds, four assists and four steals, while Wade added 19 points and eight assists. Shane Battier scored 13 of his 17 points in the first half for the Heat, who were dominated in the paint (56-40) and in transition (24-4).

 

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