It's not about how you start, it's how you finish.
The Thunder didn't lead until the final seconds of the third quarter, but finished with a flurry, taking down the Heat 105-94 in Game 1 of the 2012 NBA Finals.
Kevin Durant led the Thunder with 36 points on 12-for-20 shooting, scoring 17 in the fourth quarter. Russell Westbrook scored 27 on 10-for-27 shooting. He was two rebounds shy of a triple-double, recording 11 assists and eight rebounds.
The Heat led by 11 with less than three minutes remaining in the first half, but OKC slowly climbed back, taking its first lead with 16 seconds to play in the third quarter. In the fourth, the young legs of the Thunder left the Heat in their wake, outscoring Miami 31-21 in the final period for a comfortable win.
LeBron James led Miami with 30 points on 11-for-24 shooting. The Thunder finished with a 43-35 rebounding edge and had just two turnovers in the second half after eight in the first half.
If the first half was any indication, we're in for a wild Finals.
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