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NBA Finals Game 1: Heat 54, Thunder 47 at halftime

Jun 12, 2012, 10:23 PM EDT

Miami Heat's James is guarded by Oklahoma City Thunder's Durant during the first quarter in Game 1 of the NBA basketball finals in Oklahoma City Reuters

It felt a little like two fighters feeling each other out in the first round of a 12-round match.

After one half Miami is up 54-47 and you can make a case that both teams should feel lucky.

Miami outplayed the Thunder, especially on offense where they were able to get into the lane and then role players were knocking down shots — Shane Battier had 13, Mario Chalmers had 10 and the Heat were 6-10 from three. LeBron James had 14 but a quiet 14. You can be worried that you outplayed them and are only up 7, or you can say LeBron has yet to take over and you already are up 7. You a glass half empty or half full person?

The Thunder struggled defensively and that has to change. They seemed a bit taken aback at first by the athleticism of the Heat defense, yet they shot 56 percent for the half and Durant has 13 points. Again, they shot that well and are down 7 at the half, that may be a concern.

But you just feel the Thunder will make a run in the second half and this will get interesting.

  1. isujames - Jun 12, 2012 at 10:49 PM

    HEAT ALL DAY, and going up 1-nil after tonight.

    • cosanostra71 - Jun 13, 2012 at 12:00 AM

      oh, I see.

    • raysfan1 - Jun 13, 2012 at 12:13 AM

      Great moments in prognostication, Nostradamus!

    • gmen4life33 - Jun 13, 2012 at 11:04 AM

      down 0-1 ALL DAY

  2. brianbosworthisstonecold - Jun 12, 2012 at 11:13 PM

    Bosh has a dinosaur neck.

    • scalfor3 - Jun 13, 2012 at 3:32 AM

      if you google image search “bosh birthday” it comes up with a picture of the raptor hatching from an egg in jurassic park lol

    • progress2011 - Jun 13, 2012 at 8:16 AM

      brian,

      after reading several relative comments, dropping down to your totally irrelevant BUT Funny as Heck comment is hilarious.

      Too many folk on this site get so serious. Its easy for me to apply my buckets of salt at will.

      Heres some for you….why the heck would a self-respecting person EVER reference the SCRUB brian bosworth.

      His best/ only contribution to the world was providing endless laughs when he got TRUCKED by Bo Jackson on the goal line…..ahahahaha

  3. 11jlacy - Jun 12, 2012 at 11:25 PM

    What I could say on the real lebron is the best all around player in the league but K D can hit on any spot on the court proven fact plus clutch to the bone ya dig!

  4. shockexchange - Jun 12, 2012 at 11:51 PM

    Yeah, Michael Westbrook was spectacular. Just like I predicted.

  5. lakerluver - Jun 12, 2012 at 11:53 PM

    LeBron looked like the same old LBJ that is notorious for being a non-factor in the 2nd half.

  6. blacc24 - Jun 13, 2012 at 12:03 AM

    What’s scary is Harden had 5 points won’t happen again in this series.

  7. lafan85 - Jun 13, 2012 at 12:12 AM

    Lebron should drive everytime. Outcome is either foul, dunk, or layup. Unfortunately hes like watching tiger use his putter on every shot.

  8. canehouse - Jun 13, 2012 at 12:16 AM

    Thunder were amazing in the 2nd half… great game! Congrats to okc tonight… we will see ya Thursday night!

  9. addictedzone - Jun 13, 2012 at 12:28 AM

    Has anyone seen Dwyane Wade’s shot? It’s gone missing.

    • progress2011 - Jun 13, 2012 at 8:23 AM

      It’s my belief D-Wade is still pouting from his cat-fight with spoelstra, who is the best model !!!!

      If he continues to be severely out played by the opposing guards, he should have his salary reduced to that of all other really good players and not that of an elite player.

      This would pay him for what he is worth and open up cap space to get other good role players.

      Because to have 6’8″ Joel Anthony as your starting center and Curry on your bench, your chances of winning without superstar play from LBJ every night, goes down dramatically.

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