Durant/Westbrook score 41 in the 2nd half to the Heat’s 40
The Miami Heat needed all hands on board when they entered the Chesapeake Arena in Oklahoma City and, it seemed for a while they were. But when the Thunder brought the score from double digits to within 7 by the end of the first half, the Heat swagger was replaced by a cold shuffle.
Dwayne Wade looked much like he did in the first three series, somewhat lost and unwilling to attack the rim. Wade ended up with 19 points but it took 19 shots to get them (7-19 from the field, 0-3 from the 3-point line) but he did manage to pass out 8 assists. In the critical third quarter, Wade was 1-6 from the field. Even Shane Battier looked spry next to Wade. Battier finished with 17 points on 6-9 shooting and 3-4 from the 3-point line
Both D. Wade and LeBron played down the loss.
“This was the feel out game,” James said. “We come here with a lot of energy, try to steal Game 1 and now we get an opportunity to go to the chalkboard, go to the film and have a better game plan for Game 2 since we’ve already seen what they’re capable of doing.”
When asked why he was not attacking the basket, Wade responded:
“I was attacking—getting my teammates shots, and I got shots for myself,” Wade said. “Attacking to me is just being aggressive. Some nights I have big nights scoring and some nights I don’t. That’s been the season. That’s just the way that it’s designed for me. I’m just always staying aggressive, like I said, for myself and for my teammates to make sure they get good looks, and also be aggressive for myself to get shots. Some are going to go in, some are not.”.
For the Thunder, Kevin Durant finished with 34 points while Russel Westbrook finished with 27 points (12 in the pivotal 3rd quarter) 11 assists and 8 rebounds.
Head Coach Scot Brooks was pleased with his team but was quick to note that this was just one game.
“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.” Thunder Head Coach Scott Brooks
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