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Thunder beat Heat in opener

Kevin Durant won the opening round of his highly anticipated duel with LeBron James, scoring 36 points to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 105-94 victory over the Miami Heat in the opening game of the NBA Finals on Tuesday.

other Updated: Jun 13, 2012 23:31 IST

Kevin Durant won the opening round of his highly anticipated duel with LeBron James, scoring 36 points to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 105-94 victory over the Miami Heat in the opening game of the NBA Finals on Tuesday.

The NBA scoring champion hit 12-of-20 shots and added eight rebounds to help the Western Conference champions outscore the Heat by 18 points in the second half to draw first blood in the best-of-seven series.

“You know, this is a tough series,” said Durant, whose 17 fourth-quarter points slammed the door shut on Miami.

“This level of basketball is the hardest we play, and we just want to take it slow and take it a possession at a time.”