The Miami Heat are looking to make a statement on Sunday night in Oklahoma City against the Western Conference-leading Thunder. The Thunder were on fire in the first 24 minutes and raced out to a 60-49 lead at halftime. Oklahoma City has gotten consistent penetration and a slew of easy buckets in the paint, finishing 67 percent from the floor.
Kevin Durant was unstoppable in the first, hitting eight of ten attempts from the floor and hitting both of his three-pointers. He finished with a game-high 18 points while Kendrick Perkins was the largest beneficiary of the easy buckets in the paint, adding 12 points in support of KD. While Russell Westbrook has yet to get going, James Harden added 14 points off the bench.
LeBron James and Dwyane Wade were the only Miami players in double figures in the first half, with Chris Bosh just not getting involved in the action. Newly-signed Ronny Turiaf had almost as many touches as Bosh. James finished with 11 points while Wade had 13 points. But Miami was sloppy on the offensive end, committing 11 turnovers which let the Thunder jump out to a double-digit lead in an otherwise impressive offensive first half for both teams.
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