Oklahoma City Thunder: What the Thunder learned from the Finals

OKC vs. MIAMI — For the first time since Game 5 of the NBA Finals, the Oklahoma City Thunder faces the Miami Heat. The Christmas Day game is an opportunity for Kevin Durant and Co. to demonstrate what they learned from the experience.

BY DARNELL MAYBERRY Published: December 25, 2012

MIAMI — The experience is an essential one, perhaps even a rite of passage for all seeking to be the last team standing.

For the Oklahoma City Thunder, their 4-1 series loss to Miami in last year’s NBA Finals was a heartbreaking setback but one that now could spur them to a special season.

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