Oklahoma City cheered their team to victory in game 1 of the NBA finals against the Miami heat. The Thunder were down by as much as 13 points in the second quarter, but rallied for the win. Yahoo News reports, “Oklahoma City continued its dominance in “Loud City”, improving to 9-0 at home in the postseason, which ties the 1978 team for the longest home win streak to start a postseason in franchise history.”
The Thunder won 105-94.stole the show in the fourth quarter with 17 of his 36 points scored during the game- tying the record for the most fourth-quarter points in an NBA Finals game in the past 15 postseasons.
23 year old Durant exploded in the fourth quarter, scoring 17 of his game-high 36 points in the final 12 minutes. Durant’s 17 points in the final quarter ties for the most fourth-quarter points in an NBA Finals game over the last 15 postseasons. He is also one of the youngest to score at least 35 points during a game in the Finals.
Durant has a very close relationship with his mom. During the playoffs, he “took a moment to hug the home team with 14.6 seconds remaining in the game. Durant ran to the sidelines for a family hug with his mom and two brothers. ''I never want to take those moments for granted,'' Durant said. ''I know it's just one step closer to our dreams, but it felt good.'' They were all crying.” Durant went in for a hug from mom as soon as Game 1 was complete.
Thunder fans are very proud of their team. Their rise to reach the finals did not take long. Their first season was in 2008-2009, with a finish of 3-29, following their move from Seattle. Oklahoma City shows signs of their love of the team everywhere you turn. “Banners were displayed on buildings and the love for this team [is] obvious everywhere. After seeing a scene like the Durant family hug, it is obvious why this team has won the hearts of the Oklahoma fans as well as fans nationwide. Season tickets were sold out. The only way fans could hope to get a seat to the playoff games was to put their names into a drawing. For the thousands of fans unable to get tickets- they stand outside the game watching it on a big screen television and feeling as close to their team as possible. The love for this team is overwhelming.”
Thursday’s second game in the Finals will be played in Oklahoma City. This key game could determine the pace for the remaining games to victory. No NBA team has ever come back after losing the first two games to win the Finals. The Heat better turn it up if they plan to take this young team from Oklahoma City to task.