2012 NBA Finals: Heat (12-7) vs. Thunder (13-3)

By Quixem Ramirez

Jun 12, 2012; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook (0) dribbles as he is defended by Miami Heat point guard Mario Chalmers (15) during the first quarter of game one in the 2012 NBA Finals at the Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE

Time: 8:00 p.m.


– Heat injury report: None.

– Thunder injury report: None.

– Best Game 1 plus/minus: Kevin Durant (36 points, eight rebounds and four assists) posted a +15 in 45:48 minutes.

– Worst Game 1 plus/minus: Chris Bosh (10 points and five rebounds) posted a -16 in 33:39 minutes.

– After Miami scored 29 points and shot 52.4% from the field in the first quarter, Oklahoma City locked down and harped on their poor shot selection. Miami was limited to 43.9% shooting following the first quarter.

– Miami attempted 28 shots from past 10 feet. They made eight shots from this distance (29%).

– Shane Battier and Mario Chalmers blitzed the oblivious Thunder defense to a tune of 21 points and five 3-pointers in the first half. They were largely ineffective in the second half, finishing with six points combined.

– Kevin Durant scored 17 points off 6-of-10 shooting from the field in the final frame.

– Oklahoma City assisted on 55% of their 40 shots.

– Miami finished fourth in free throw rate during the regular season. They attempted 18 shots from the foul line compared to 27 for the Thunder.

– The Thunder converted on 33.3% of their shots outside the paint. They did, however, attempt 41 shots inside the paint.

– Miami allowed 129.8 points per 100 possessions while Thabo Sefolosha was on the floor. They also turned the ball over 11.79 times per 100 possessions. That number dipped to 6.11 turnovers per 100 possessions when he was on the bench.

– The Heat mustered up a poor 47.6 TS% (percentage of all shots converted) while Nick Collison was on the floor.

– While Bosh was on the floor, Oklahoma City scored 126.0 points per 100 possessions.

– LeBron James totaled 16 points and five rebounds in the second half. In Thabo Sefolosha’s 28:30 minutes, James shot 44% from the field.

– In the 5:46 that Russell Westbrook sat on the bench, the Heat outscored the Thunder by 34.7 points per 100 possessions.

– Westbrook assisted on four of Oklahoma City’s five three-pointers.