OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - JUNE 12: Kevin Durant #35 of the Oklahoma City Thunder reacts after making a shot in the second half in Game One of the 2012 NBA Finals at Chesapeake Energy Arena on June 12, 2012 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Thunderstruck: Oklahoma City Storms Back In Game 1

Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook outscored Miami's entire roster after halftime, leading the Thunder to a 105-94 win and an early NBA Finals lead. Also: Complete NBA Finals Coverage

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Miami Heat Outplayed In Game 1, Need More From Wade Thursday Night

The Miami Heat started fast in Game 1 of the NBA Finals and hung with the Oklahoma City Thunder until late in the fourth quarter, but Kevin Durant kicked his game into a gear that LeBron James and Dwyane Wade just didn't have on Tuesday night. James put in a solid performance with 30 points, nine rebounds, four assists and four steals, but it wasn't enough to carry an otherwise average team performance.

Ben Golliver broke down the game and thinks the Heat need to get much better production out of Wade in Game 2 if they're going to take a split back to Miami.

Game 2 is on Thursday night in Oklahoma City, when much more will be expected of the Heat, especially at the end of the fourth quarter.

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Heat Vs. Thunder, NBA Finals Game 1: Turnover Switch In Second Half Stands Out

The Miami Heat ran up a 7-point lead at halftime of Game 1 of the NBA Finals against the Oklahoma City Thunder, but lost by 11. That means something definitely changed in the second half! I laid out the quarterly performance for each time in a graphic way. This chart breaks down how each possession for each team ended in each quarter.

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A couple of things here: everything is based on possessions, not points. So 'two made 2-pointers' looks the same as 'two made 3-pointers.' Also, because of this, two missed free throws in the box score is represented by one missed free throw possession on this chart, a simplified estimate that there are two FTs per FT possession.

The first thing that sticks out: the turnover situation reversed completely. Miami had one in the first quarter (allowing them more shots), and three in each quarter thereafter. Oklahoma City had eight in the first half and two in the second half.

Free throws (blue and pink in the chart) also stand out. Oklahoma City made 10 in the third quarter alone, all of them by Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant and Thabo Sefolosha (who got out in transition a couple of times to earn his trips). Miami didn't make more than five in any quarter, and sunk 10 total in the second half.

Also, holy smokes, there were a lot of missed two-pointers through three quarters for Miami! The Thunder struggled from downtown, but hit 35-60 inside the arc. That was a big factor in the win.

Let's see what holds up and what changes in Game 2.

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DEFCON LeBron: Heat Extinguished By Smothering Thunder Defense

Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook took over for the Thunder in the second half, and OKC drew first blood in the NBA Finals. Meanwhile, LeBron wasn't quite good enough, and Jeff Van Gundy told us about his cat named Cheeks.

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Chris Bosh Calls Thunder Crowd 'Regular,' Must Be Giving Heat Fans An Exception

Perhaps playing for the Miami Heat for two years has thrown Chris Bosh's perspective off completely. After all, last season every arena in the NBA booed his teammate LeBron James with passion, and the Heat's own home crowd isn't exactly renowned for its rowdiness.

That's the only possible explanation for these comments, as quoted by Ben Golliver of Eye on Basketball:

"Everybody keeps talking about how loud it is," Bosh said. "It's regular. We've been in a lot of other arenas and it's about the same. Once it gets really loud, it's all about the same."

I've never been on the court during crunch time, so my perspective is solely that of a fan whose game experience is primarily in Sacramento. But it does seem as if most arenas hit the magical decibel level (at least as expressed through the TV) where it's just loud. It's like how once it hits about 95 degrees outside, it's just hot. The difference is irrelevant: it's just hot.

Most NBA arenas (even Miami in Game 7 of the East finals!) simply get loud in critical moments. That's probably what Bosh means.

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NBA Finals: Dwyane Wade Struggles In Heat's Game 1 Loss To Thunder

Of the four superstar scorers featured in the 2012 NBA Finals, one stood out as not holding up his end of the bargain. Dwyane Wade, the only one of the four with an NBA championship ring, scored 19 points on 7-19 shooting in Game 1 on Tuesday, with a True Shooting percentage of just 45 percent. The rest of the Miami Heat, LeBron James included, scored 75 points on 65 shots for a True Shooting percentage of 58 percent. While the Oklahoma City Thunder's defense did a number of things well, only Wade and to a lesser extent Chris Bosh had bad shooting nights.

Wade did take on additional ball-handler duties, picking up eight assists. But as we saw regularly during the East finals, Wade is really struggling to get back on transition defense. Against the Thunder, that's murder. Oklahoma City ended up with 24 fast break points against the Heat in Game 1 despite just 10 turnovers (a very low number) by Miami. Wade struggled to get back into defensive position to stop the ball even (or especially) on missed shots.

Again, Wade's the only superstar in this series with a ring. He knows how difficult it is to win on the biggest stage against the best opponents. He needs to be better for Miami to triumph.

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Heat Vs. Thunder: Are Erik Spoelstra's Substitution Patterns To Blame For Miami Loss?

The Miami Heat had the Oklahoma City Thunder nearly right where they wanted them through the first three quarters of Tuesday night's opening game of the NBA Finals. Things changed quickly in the fourth quarter, however, and Miami now finds itself with an early deficit in the championship series.

There are going to be a number of things blamed as to why the Heat weren't able to close out the final quarter -- Oklahoma City's defense, Kevin Durant's closing ability and the narrative that LeBron James isn't clutch among them -- but SB Nation's own Heat blog has a different idea.

Surya Fernandez wrote in his recap over at Peninsula Is Mightier that the reason the Heat were unable to close out the game was because Miami's roster was tired. Whether it's due to lack of depth or simple substitution errors by coach Erik Spoelstra, fatigue definitely played a factor.

The Heat looked sluggish on both ends in the second half and were slow to set up their offense as the Thunder started picking up the pace and kept attacking the basket while making jumper after jumper. Thabo Sefolosha, Nick Collison and Derek Fisher provided quality minutes in support of Durant and Westbrook.

Part of the overall team slump might have been fatigue, with coach Erik Spoelstra making a curious decision to reduce his rotation to just seven players after coming off a grueling seven-game series against the Boston Celtics. This may have been due to to the fact that James Jones was held out of the game because of migraine symptoms. Joel Anthony was only used for two minutes and Ronny Turiaf did not play at all.

A seven-man rotation coming off of a seven-game series seems like it certainly could have been an issue like Fernandez wrote, but he provided further evidence from James at the post-game press conference, ensuring us that it wasn't a factor (while saying yes it was, kind of).

After the game, LeBron wasn't going to use fatigue as an excuse for letting a winnable game slip out of their fingers.

"I don't think so," he responded. "We know we have to have more production for sure. We have to have more guys in there and give me and D-Wade a rest...and Shane (Battier), he played a lot of minutes. Spo will figure that out. We'll be more conscious about it and just try to get a minute or two here and there so we can finish strong. But I don't think it was much of a problem today."

It's going to be interesting to see what happens with the rotations going forward because, if James and Wade are counted on to play as many minutes as they did on Tuesday night, it'll be awfully difficult for them to keep up the energy later in this series.

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Thunder's Superior Depth On Display In Game 1 Win Over Heat

Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook were great as usual, but it may be the Thunder's superior depth that will prove to be the difference in the NBA Finals.

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Thunder Vs. Heat, 2012 NBA Finals Game 1: Oklahoma City Battles Back For 105-94 Victory Over Miami

The Miami Heat were unable to close out Game 1 of the 2012 NBA Finals and allowed the Oklahoma City Thunder to pick up a 105-94 victory. The Heat led by as many as 13 points in the second quarter before squandering that permanently with 16 seconds left in the third quarter. The Thunder were unstoppable in the fourth quarter, outscoring the Heat 31-21 on the way to the 11-point victory.

Kevin Durant led the way for the Thunder with 36 points on 12-of-20 shooting. He nailed 4-of-8 three-pointers and contributed eight rebounds. Russell Westbrook nearly pulled off a triple-double, scoring 27 points, dishing the ball out for 11 assists and grabbing eight boards. Durant and Westbrook combined for 41 points after halftime, outscoring Miami's entire roster (40).

Thabo Sefolosha and Nick Collison had solid defensive games, especially in the fourth quarter, with the latter grabbing 10 rebounds.

LeBron James scored 30 points and had nine rebounds for the Heat, but the team shot just 46.2 percent from the field. The Thunder hit 51.9 percent of its shots. Dwyane Wade was second on the team with 19 points and Shane Battier, who was instrumental in the Heat's early lead, added 17 points.

Game 2 of the NBA Finals stays at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City and will be played at 9:00 p.m. ET on Thursday. Will Oklahoma City take a 2-0 series lead?

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Pat Riley And Alonzo Mourning Seem Thrilled

So, Pat Riley and Alonzo Mourning, what are your thoughts on Game 1 of the 2012 NBA Finals?

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Figured that'd be your reaction, guys.

(via @bomani_jones).

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NBA Finals Keys To Success For Miami Heat, OKC Thunder

The Heat and Thunder should stage a great NBA Finals, but what are the keys to figuring out which of the two evenly-matched teams will come out on top?

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NBA Finals: Attempting To Predict Heat Vs. Thunder Series

This NBA Finals has become the series no one wants to pick -- because no one has a clue as to what will happen. But we'll take that plunge.

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