The Oklahoma City Thunder beat LeBron James’ Miami Heat 105-94 on Tuesday night. James finished with 30 points and nine rebounds, but he wore himself out before the fourth quarter and wound up getting zero help from his teammates when it mattered most. Dwyane Wade finished with 19 points on 7-of-19 shooting.
As if the Heat’s offensive woes weren’t enough, the squad also had no answer for Kevin Durant defensively. Oklahoma City’s 23-year-old superstar scored early and often – ultimately finishing the game with 36 points on an eye-popping 12-of-20 shooting. Russell Westbrook chipped in 27 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds.
Plain and simple: Miami is in trouble. Yes, everyone said the same thing in the second round versus the Indiana Pacers. Sure, we heard the same panic in the conference finals against the Boston Celtics. But this time – it’s real. OKC does everything that James and Co. do, only they do it better and more efficiently. That, plus the fact that they boast a deeper roster, isn’t going to change between now and the end of this series.
Which is probably why Pat Riley was so unhappy in the closing moments of Game 1.
He wasn’t unhappy simply because his squad was moments away from going down 0-1 to the Thunder, he was unhappy because he knew that their prospects weren’t going to improve at any point in the foreseeable future.
This picture tells you everything you need to know about the NBA Finals (via the always great @cjzero):
Did you notice the Thunder fan on the left?
A. Maze. Ing.