The Miami Heat led the Oklahoma City Thunder through nearly three full quarters of the Game 1 of the NBA Finals but allowed the lead to slip away, fade and disappear.
The Thunder's Kevin Durant dropped the curtain on the first finals game contested in Oklahoma City with 17 fourth-quarter points to cap a 105-94 win against the Heat.
Heat forward Chris Bosh, however, is not affected by losing the first game in the best-of-seven series.
“We know you're going to lose games sometimes,” Bosh said. “We know we didn't execute offensively and defensively as we could have. It cost us the game. We're making the necessary adjustments to fix that and give a better game tomorrow.”
WILL BOSH START?
Heat coach Erik Spoelstra hasn't inserted Bosh in the starting lineup since Bosh returned from his abdominal strain in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals. He came off the bench in Game 1 and scored 10 points and grabbed five boards in 33 minutes on the floor.
“It doesn't really matter for me,” Bosh said. “If Coach puts me out there, I'm more than available. I've started a bunch of games in this league. I'm ready to go.”
JAMES ASKS WADE TO LEAD
Heat 2-guard Dwyane Wade has told LeBron James in the past that he wants James to be himself — be the scorer and leader he's been since his days at St. Vincent-St. Mary (Ohio) High School. James said he finds himself asking the same of Wade.
“A lot of times I try to let him figure it out on his own, but sometimes I go to him and tell him I need one of those games from him, I need one of those performances from him because he still has it,” James said. “He knows he still has it, too, but every player needs a little kick every now and then, no matter how time-tested they are.”
OKC ‘DIMS HIS LIGHT'
The personal lives of most NBA superstars are public knowledge. Who they're dating. Where they're partying.
But Kevin Durant is different. His personal life is low-key.
“Sometimes it's where you're at,” the Heat's Wade said. “If he was in Los Angeles, Chicago, somewhere, it would be a little different. Being in Oklahoma kind of dims his light a little bit, not him on the basketball court but him off the court. There's not a lot of exciting things going on out there.
“That's not the cards I was dealt. Some players have that ability. Tim Duncan is like that. Watching the playoffs, I see Tim Duncan sitting on the bench before every game, two kids run up to him. I didn't know he had kids. I'm assuming they're his. They kind of look like him.
“But you don't know everything about guys because of certain places they are. Certain guys try to stay out of the limelight as much as possible. Different strokes for different folks.”
HASLEM CRITICAL OF WADE CRITICISM
Heat forward Udonis Haslem didn't like hearing criticism about Wade's Game 1 performance. Wade scored 19 points, ripped down four boards and had eight assists in Miami's loss to OKC.
“It's just Game 1,” Haslem said. “Like I said, I really don't have a problem with Dwyane's performance. He did enough. We just didn't do enough as a team.
“We're in the NBA Finals, man. I don't understand what people are talking about with Dwyane. We're in the NBA Finals. How bad can he be playing? We couldn't get here without him. Y'all lay off Dwyane. Y'all want to put some heat on somebody, put some heat on the Heat — the Miami Heat.”