Kevin Durant didn't embarrass LeBron James on Tuesday night. But the Oklahoma City superstar did show his Miami counterpart how it's done in the NBA Finals -- particularly in the fourth quarter -- as the Thunder claimed a 105-94 victory in Game 1.
In his first NBA Finals appearance, Durant finished with 36 points, including 17 in the fourth quarter -- numbers James has yet to match in 11 career NBA Finals games.
Now James was no slouch either. He had 30 overall points, the most he's ever scored in the NBA Finals, but only seven of those came in the fourth quarter. That's just not going to get the job done in a close game like this one -- and it does little to put to rest a storyline from last year's championship against the Dallas Mavericks.
During that six-game series, which the Heat lost, 4-2, the best James could muster in the fourth quarter was eight points. He scored two or fewer points in the final stanza of four of those games, all of which were winnable going into that quarter (the Heat actually did win one of them).