The Oklahoma City Thunder may have won Game 1 105-94, but the Miami Heat actually led for most of the game.It wasn’t until a Russell Westbrook and-1 play made it 74-73 in favour of OKC during the final seconds of the third quarter that the Thunder began taking a commanding lead.
Miami was never able to regain the lead after that.
So how was OKC able to completely take over the game toward the end?
Check out these crazy stats:
- Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook outscored the entire Miami Heat team 41-40 in the second half. They also outscored the Heat’s Big three 63 to 59 in the entire game
- The Thunder were practically unstoppable at the end, scoring on 21 of their final 29 possessions (via John Schuhmann of NBA.com)
- OKC outscored Miami on fast breaks 24-4. It’s the first time the Heat were outscored on fast breaks by 20 or more points in a game LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh all played (via ESPN.com’s Tom Haberstroh)
- The Thunder didn’t have consecutive scoreless possessions after the 3:58 mark in the third quarter (via John Schuhmann of NBA.com and ESPN.com’s Play-by-Play)
It was an unbelievable performance for the young Thunder, especially considering how poorly James Harden played and how good LeBron looked early on.
Game 1 also showed the kind of resiliency this team has after being down by as much as 13 points at one point. Durant credited the slow start to being “nervous.” Something he says they can’t keep doing if they want to win the series.
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