Pretty sure this is what Sam Presti had in mind when he pushed the big red button on that trade three weeks ago.
This team had a look tonight. It was unmistakable. It was clear. They may not be officially ready this year, but try and tell them that.
Oklahoma City needed a big statement win in Miami and the Thunder got it, basically controlling the game from the first quarter on and beating the Heat 96-85. OKC was just nasty defensively, holding Miami 38.5 percent shooting and the vaunted Big Three to a 4-24 effort in the second half. Serge Ibaka protected the rim (three blocks), Kendrick Perkins and Nazr Mohammed plugged the lane (10 points, 14 rebounds between them) and Durant did the scoring (29 on 12-21 shooting). It basically all went according to plan.
Things started to get a little tighter as the Heat made a strong push in the fourth, but a crucial non-call on a Dwyane Wade run-out that turned into a big James Harden 3 as the Heat stood and yelled at the official swung the game entirely in OKC’s way and basically sealed the deal. The game went from 85-78 with three minutes left to 88-78 just like that. It was a sequence for the Thunder. And one of those moments where it really looked like OKC had that killer instinct to put away a game. Keep Reading…