In its 110-100 loss to Miami at Chesapeake Energy Arena on Thursday, the Thunder never led and Miami dominated after a 7-7 tie in the first quarter.
The Heat took a double-digit lead with 3:43 left in the first quarter and stretched the margin to as many as 23.
OKC didn't pull within single-digits until Kevin Durant's final bucket of the game narrowed the deficit to 108-100 with 57.8 seconds left.
“A little bit of a strange ending,” Miami coach Erik Spoelstra said. “For the most part, our guys came out focused and did enough things to put ourselves in a position to win. At both ends, there was some very goof ball movement, trust plays. Just closing out the game, we weren't able to finish in much of a rhythm … I would have liked to close out the game better.”
BEASTS FROM EAST
Thursday's outcome snapped OKC's seven-game winning streak at home.
The Thunder is now 23-4 at home this season and three of those losses have come against Eastern Conference teams in Atlanta, Brooklyn and Miami.
OKC is 17-1 against Western Conference teams (Memphis being the lone loss) and 6-3 against the East.
TAKE A BREAK
Last Sunday, the Thunder (39-14) was riding a four-game winning streak and seemed primed to take a six-game winning streak into the All-Star break.
Instead, OKC limped to the break on a two-game losing streak (its longest of the season).
Meanwhile, Miami (36-14) rides a seven-game winning streak into the break.
Miami forward Shane Battier had both knees wrapped in ice and was soaking his right ankle in a large tub of ice water. Would Battier prefer to keep playing while the team is hot, or would be prefer a break?
“No, I'm ready for rest,” Battier said with a chuckle. “You need to get away. This is such a grind. You need to get away for a couple of days and recalibrate your mind and reflect on the first half and understand what's coming ahead, which is intensity and pressure.”
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