Kevin Durant scores 33 as Thunder rout Heat 112-95: The Oklahoma City Thunder came roaring back from an early 22-4 deficit in Miami to rout the two-time defending NBA champion Miami Heat 112-95 on Wednesday night.
Kevin Durant scored 33, his 12th straight game with at least 30 points, as the Thunder erased the early 18-point deficit to outscore Miami by 43 points over a 33-minute span to take a 25 point lead at one point.
LeBron James scored 34 points, but Durant got more help from his teammates as Serge Ibaka scored 22 and the Oklahoma City bench outscored Miami’s reserves 39-21. The Thunder got a combined 33 points from Derek Fisher and Jeremy Lamb.
The Thunder were also a sizzling 16 for 27 from 3-point range, compared to Miami’s 3 for 19.
Miami turned the ball over 20 times, and Oklahoma City got 25 points off those turnovers, 19 in the first half alone as they took a 5-point lead at the break.
“They were ready for us to come in and play,” said Durant. “They hit some tough shots early on, a few 3’s, and we didn’t panic. We just tried to stay together and that’s what we did. Our bench was great in getting us back in that game.”
“There’s no running away from it,” said Miami coach Erik Spoelstra. “Other than the first eight minutes of the game they outclassed us tonight. They absolutely deserved this win.”
“We played well to start the game,” said James. “We played well all the way until like the second quarter. From that point on they did what they want to do.”
“We have some work to do,” said Spoelstra. “We’re like everybody else in the league. Nobody is infallible. We have some things to improve on. We know the things we have to improve on. We’re not there yet.”
Durant’s 12 straight games of at least 30 points is the NBA’s longest since Tracy McGrady’s 14 consecutive games in the 2002-03 season.
The victory was the Thunder’s ninth straight, as they moved to 37-10 on the season – best in the Western Conference.
Miami fell to 32-13 on the year, and are #2 in the Eastern Conference, 3.5 games behind the Indiana Pacers, who own the NBA’s best record at 35-9.