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Video: Kevin Durant’s Big throwdown over Chris Bosh

Jun 13, 2012, 1:08 AM EDT

It’s really hard to pick one Kevin Durant highlight from this game to show. Really, we could just post the entire fourth quarter.

But instead, we’ll go back to the second quarter, when KD drove the land and threw down a signature dunk over Chris Bosh. At the time it seemed a mirage, a moment of great offense in a sea of pretty bland Thunder play. But it was really foreshadowing. The Heat would get over their jitters and find their game in the third quarter, cranking up their defense then getting out and running.

And the Heat, they have a fourth quarter to explain. Again. Because it looked a lot like this second quarter throwdown.

 

  1. passerby23 - Jun 13, 2012 at 3:38 AM

    Top 10 reasons why Heat lost Game 1 and will lose this series:

    1. Sefolosha is the best individual defender Lebron will have seen all playoffs.
    2. Ibaka is the best weak side shot blocker Lebron and Wade will have seen all playoffs.
    3. They have no answer for Westbrook and have to hope he shoots himself out of a few games.
    4. Thunder’s bench is much stronger than Miami’s. Spoelstra, though, risks letting the game get out of reach by playing suspect bench players in an attempt to rest his stars so he has to play his starters more minutes further fatiguing them.
    5. Thunder’s home court is a huge advantage.
    6. Durant, Westbrook, and Harden aren’t afraid of the big moment and taking big shots.
    7. Lebron, as good as he is, still lacks confidence to take and make a quality jump shot with a hand in his face with the game on the line instead of trying to bully his way through a slew of defenders.
    8. Bosh has been reduced to spot-up 3-point specialist.
    9. The Thunder have finally figured out the way to beat Miami is to dare them to make jump shots and limit their drives to the basket. They are quick and athletic enough to recover and close out on shooters anyway when they are dialed in.
    10. All the pressure is on Miami, none on Thunder.

    • teamobijuan - Jun 13, 2012 at 10:19 AM

      11. Also, Durant is a baller.

    • jolink653 - Jun 14, 2012 at 8:19 PM

      heat have garbage on the bench anyway…scott brooks can rotate 8 or 9 players any time he wants…who the the heat have off the bench? rony turiaf? eddy curry? juwan howard? they have battier/bosh depending on which one starts and i’ll even throw in norris cole…they can’t match the depth the thunder have and other than lebron and wade they have no one to take the ball inside with authority and no presence down low on defense

  2. borderline1988 - Jun 13, 2012 at 1:37 PM

    I’m a little more optimistic about Miami’s chances.

    This game was in the Thunder’s building, the best home court in the NBA, and yet it was really a winnable game for Miami. Everyone talks about Durant, but Durant had a very normal game by his standards. 12 of 20 is normal for him. He’s too good to not get his points, as long as you don’t let him explode for 35 or more.

    Harden was a no-show as the Heat guarded him very well. And Westbrook scored way too many easy buckets in the 3rd quarter..Miami was cutting off those direct drives to the rim better in the first half.

    More importantly, the Heat had way too many turnovers in the second half. How many times did they try ill-advised break-out passes down the court, only to lose the ball out of bounds?
    And how many offensive rebounds did the Heat give up in the 2nd half at key moments? Collison had 5 offensive boards in 21 minutes (I suspect most were in the 2nd half).
    And the Heat’s offense completely broke down in the 3rd. They took way too many jumpers, and did their best not to execute the ball movement like they did in the first half. And I still believe that Ibaka and Perkins have no chance of guarding Bosh. The Heat have to utilize him more.

    The pieces to the puzzle are there. Miami just has to tighten up their execution, and I think the Thunder’s inexperience will start to show.

    I suspect the Heat will win game 2. If it’s one good thing about the Pacers and Celtics series, it’s that the Heat faced serious adversity and came back to win. No reason to think it won’t happen again.

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