Kevin Durant and the Thunder try to address some shooting and defensive issues and take a firmer grip on the NBA Finals when they play the Miami Heat in Game Two Thursday in Oklahoma City (Friday in Manila).
Slow off the blocks in Game One, the Thunder will look to seize control early this time — they missed five of their first six shots — and avoid falling way behind. They had to rally from 13 points down for a 105-94 victory, keeping a clean home record of 9-0 in the playoffs.
Miami has won four of nine road games this postseason.
The Heat were able to take advantage of slack defending by the Thunder, scoring 54 first-half points with 23 coming from Mario Chalmers and Shane Battier.
But the Thunder limited the Heat to 40 in the second half, with Chalmers and Battier chalking up just six.
James Jones returns after being sidelined by migraine in Game One and he will join Chalmers, Battier and Udonis Haslem in the support crew of Miami Big Three of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh.
Durant scored 36 points and Russell Westbrook had 27 to lead the Thunder while James had 30 and Wade scored 19 in the series opener.