Originally written June 13, 2012 on PRO HOOPS CENTRAL:
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The Oklahoma City Thunder did not look sharp coming out of the gate in game one of the NBA Finals, as they hosted the Miami Heat Tuesday night at Chesapeake Energy Arena, as they seemed ill at ease during the first quarter of the club’s first trip to the Association’s Championship round, allowing their visitors to jump on top by seven points at the conclusion of the quarter. The two teams played to a draw in the second, sending the Heat to their locker room at the half, with visions of winning a game on the road to start the series, as they held a 54-47 advantage. The Thunder would keep pulling close to their opponents in the third, however Miami would keep pulling ahead every time the home team got within range of knotting up the score. Oklahoma City would keep at it however and take the lead as Russell Westbrook drove the lane putting the ball in the cylinder, was fouled on the play and hit his shot at the line with 16 seconds left in the period. Heading into the fourth the Thunde...
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