The Oklahoma City Thunder, led by Washington, D.C. native Kevin Durant (36-points), took a 1-0 lead in the 2012 NBA Finals over the Miami Heat in a 105-94 win.
“You know, this is a tough series,” Durant told The Washington Post. “This level of basketball is the hardest we play, and we just want to take it slow. . . . It’s a long game, and every time our coach was just saying, ‘Play harder, play harder,’ and that’s what we did.”
After leaving the D.C. area for much of high school, Durant returned to play his final year at Rockville's Montrose Christian School.
Miami’s “big three” (LeBron James, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh) combined for 59 of the Heat’s points but couldn’t overcome a second half jolt by the Thunder.
For more stats from Game 1, check out the box score here.
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