The difference of 10 points at the end of Game 1, 104-94 marker. Probably should be less, but Miami fell by their own limitations: only six of his players were more than 10 minutes on the court.
No one, not the Big Three of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, hold so many minutes to load with the highest level of basketball worldwide.
For locals, Kevin Durant was relentless. He scored 36 points, eight rebounds and four assists. Westbrook Russell was one of the hits and came out with double-double performance with 27 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds.
It was one of the best nights of “false” ship-owner in this postseason; it was just two rebounds and surpassed triple-double, for only the second time in the play-off, the 10 assists.
It was so good and dominant performance of these two giants (63 points combined) that did not need much air the magical beard James Harden, just 20 minutes and five points last night.
The other key was in the kickback Thunder: 24 of his notes came from that paragraph, only four of the Miami team. Losing the first game of a series of play-off visitor is not so bad omen, but it is considered logical. But it is losing it with their tongues hanging out, without ideas and with little encouragement to seek the comeback.
If the Heat has James, Wade and Bosh, the Thunder has Durant, Westbrook and Harden. In the two tables that almost match. As is well above the champion of the West is in the rest of the squad on the Free NBA Odds.
Miami played virtually alone with a change. That replacement was Bosh, who is starting on the bench while taking rhythm after missing much of the postseason.
And that Shane Battier last night went off the script by scoring 17 points, with an excellent point percentage to dunk four of six shots from behind the crescent.
Traditionally star base Mario Chalmers is the only Heat player not belonging to the Big Three to score over 10 points a night.
This leaves the Heat with very few options for finding answers to a set as solid as the Thunder.
Oklahoma City Thunder is -5 point favorites against Miami and the total for the game is sitting at 195½ .