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Heat Vs. Thunder, NBA Finals 2012 Game 1: Led By LeBron James, Miami Leads By 7 After 1st Half

The Miami Heat led by as many as 13 points in the first half of Game 1 of the NBA Finals and took a 54-47 advantage into the locker room. Miami has shot the lights out from behind the arc, with an unexpected contribution from Shane Battier. The veteran wing set his 2012 Playoffs high in the first half alone, hitting three three-pointers and finishing with 13 points. As a team, Miami was six of 10 from behind the arc and shot better than 50 percent from the floor.

After a slow start shooting, LeBron James finished the half leading all scorers with 14 points. James is five of 12 from the floor and has also already dished five assists, as the Heat have moved the ball and rotated well on offense. James also had four steals in the first half, including a swipe of Kevin Durant that lead to an emphatic dunk. In addition to Battier, Mario Chalmers was hitting his shots earlier and contributed 10 points.

Oklahoma City cut the lead to seven largely by getting out in transition, which Miami struggled stopping. The Thunder shot better than 50 percent from the floor, but committed eight turnovers and were sloppy with the ball. Kevin Durant scored the first eight points for OKC, and finished with 13. Russell Westbrook is just three of 10 from the floor.

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