Durant, Thunder Rally Past Heat, Up 1-0

Kevin Durant scored 36 points, Russell Westbrook added 27 points and the Oklahoma City Thunder rallied from a 13-point deficit to beat the Miami Heat 105-94 in Game 1 of the NBA Finals.

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The NBA Finals opened up in Oklahoma City on Tuesday night with three-time scoring champion Kevin Durant and the Thunder hosting three-time MVP LeBron James and the Heat. LeBron scored two of his team-high 30 on a steal and jam that put Miami up by 13 early in the second. But the young Thunder would respond. Russell Westbrook's slicing "and-one" lay up gave Oklahoma City their first lead of the game late in the third. And the Thunder were just getting started. Durant's soaring fastbreak flush off the Chris Bosh turnover extended the OKC lead to five with eight-and-a-half remaining. King James, however, tried to rally the Heat. James' only basket of the fourth made it a one possession game. But that's as close as Miami would get. The Durantula scored 17 of his game-high 36 in the fourth while he and Westbrook combined to outscore the Heat by themselves in the second half, 41-40. (Call) The Thunder trounced the Heat by 18 in the second half and took Game 1, 105-94. Game 2 is Thursday night in Oklahoma City.