Oklahoma City, OK (Sports Network) - In a series with stars at every turn, it
was two of Miami's complementary pieces that stole the show during the first
half of this year's NBA Finals.
Shane Battier scored 13 points and Mario Chalmers added 10, as Miami jumped
out early and maintained a 54-47 lead over Oklahoma City at halftime of Game
With names like LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, Kevin Durant and
Russell Westbrook on the floor, it looked at times like the Thunder forgot all
about Battier, who drained three barely-contested threes as part of a 5-for-6
shooting half, while Chalmers reached double figures on six shots.
James still scored 14 points and Bosh chipped in with seven, while Wade was
relatively quiet with six points, but he set up teammates off the pick-and-
roll to the tune of five assists.
Durant led Oklahoma City with 13 points, Serge Ibaka registered 10 points and
Westbrook donated nine for the Thunder.
This series is full of storylines highlighted by the matchup between a three-
time MVP (James) and a three-time scoring champion (Durant). Each is the
leader, but not the sole star on their respective outfit. Wade has already won
the championship James covets, while Westbrook is at times the forgotten
scoring machine cast in Durant's shadow.
Both franchises have won one NBA title with Miami's coming in 2006 and the
Thunder's dating back to when the franchise was in Seattle in 1979.
Neither team showed nerves early, as each came out firing and connecting
from all points of the floor. Miami made 5-of-6 treys in the opening period,
including Battier's first triple for an early 8-2 lead. The Duke product hit
three of them in the period and his final one was followed by a Chalmers
triple that doubled up the home team at 20-10.
The Thunder trailed by 11 on two occasions, but trimmed the deficit to 29-22
by quarter's end thanks to James Harden's jumper over Chalmers at the buzzer.
Miami continued its efficient offensive play early in the second quarter,
embarking on an 8-2 scoring stretch punctuated by a James slam in transition
for a 37-24 lead.
The margin stood in that general area until late in the half as Ibaka's layup
and Westbrook's bucket from in close sliced the deficit into single digits.
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