The gang at “Cheers,” who went off the air before Durant's fifth birthday, did their bar-tapping “We Will Rock You” bit. Then came “Network” and Peter Finch screaming “I want everyone to get up.” That movie is almost as old as Scott Brooks. Time for new material?
The Thunder could use a new opening act. OKC fans' tradition of standing for the first basket lasted three minutes, but their basketball heroes stood around a while longer. Don't blame Russell Westbrook for the stagnant offense. Credit Miami for making it extremely tough to dribble, pass or shoot. Especially shoot.
Oklahoma City missed 11 of its first 13 shots and 12 of 16.
Of course, Durant swooped in late again, five fouls and all, and hit seven straight shots at one stretch. Even more impressive were two big steals in the lane to extend the game.
But the breaks went Miami's way down the stretch, starting with those three critical bank shots — Battier really needed to call it on that 3-pointer. Wade's running banker going left was big, but LeBron's pullup banker at 1:26 was the biggest. It was his first field goal of the fourth quarter.
Thunder fans may want to cry foul on Durant's potential game-tying 7-footer with 9.9 seconds left. KD missed with LeBron's forearm in his ribs. But neither Brooks nor Durant complained in the postgame news conference, and that's as it should be.
It's bad form to fall behind 18-2 and then claim you got jobbed by the refs. In at least that way, it's nice to see Oklahoma City living up to its identity.
Spoelstra and the Heat certainly reclaimed theirs.