Once the Western and Eastern Conference Finals were officially over, the Miami Heat and the Oklahoma City Thunder were matched up in an epic battle for the NBA title in the NBA Finals.
With most people predicting the Thunder and Heat meeting in the Finals, the best possible match up of arguably the two best teams in the league has come to fruition. Not only is the match up the two teams intriguing enough to tune, but it also showcases arguably the top two players in the league going head-to-head in three-time NBA MVP LeBron James and three-time scoring champion Kevin Durant.
Coming into Game 1 of the NBA Finals, the Thunder had the clear advantage playing in front of their hometown crowd in Oklahoma City at the Chesapeake Energy Arena. With Thunder fans becoming some of the most passionate in the league over the past few years, the Heat had their work cut out for them in arguably the noisiest arena in the NBA.
Despite the loud crowd, Dwyane Wade and company are no strangers to being public enemy number one in any arena with the constant criticism and the label as the most hated team in the league.
At halftime, Miami was in control with a 54-47 lead heading into the locker room. The consensus was that the Heat had outplayed the Thunder and was headed for their first win in the Finals.
Unfortunately for the Heat, Russell Westbrook and company came out firing on all cylinders in the second half by outscoring Miami, 27-19, in the third quarter. The dominance by the Thunder continues in the fourth quarter with Durant (game-high 36 points) lighting up the scoreboard and the Oklahoma City pulling out the first win of the series, 105-94.
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