“It slowed me down early,” Durant said. “In the first half I wasn't in the game. It took me out of the game. I think I was a little too aggressive, I guess. But in the second half I just played my game. I was able to put my team in a position to win, but unfortunately we didn't come out on top.”
Durant shook off the early foul trouble and went on to score 25 of his game-high 33 points in the second half. Durant's foul rate against the Heat, however, has become an issue. Durant is averaging four fouls over the past six games against Miami, which includes the five-game Finals series.
“Well, I'm just going to continue to play aggressive,” Durant said when asked how to deal with the foul trouble against Miami. “Every time we come in here I play a little too aggressive, I guess. I got to calm down.”
Tuesday's showdown between the Thunder and Heat generated a 6.0 overnight rating, making it the fourth highest-rated NBA regular season game ever on ABC, the NBA announced Wednesday.
The game delivered a 23.2 rating in Oklahoma City, which is the highest-rated NBA regular season game on ABC ever in the OKC market. In Tulsa, the game delivered a 10.9 rating, also the highest-rated regular season game for that market.
Miami also set a record for the highest-rated regular season ABC game in its market with a 15.9 rating.
Durant on a possible Thunder-Heat rematch in the NBA Finals — “Of course you would love to see that matchup again. I would love to see it.”
By Darnell Mayberry