NBA: Durant, Westbrook help OKC win big; Heat beats Milwaukee

2013-04-22T00:00:00Z NBA: Durant, Westbrook help OKC win big; Heat beats MilwaukeeThe Associated Press The Associated Press
April 22, 2013 12:00 am  • 

OKLAHOMA CITY - Kevin Durant scored 24 points, Russell Westbrook made a run at a triple-double in three quarters and the Oklahoma City Thunder routed ex-teammate James Harden and the Houston Rockets 120-91 on Sunday night in Game 1 of their playoff series.

After letting Houston wipe away an 11-point deficit in the first half, the Thunder regained control with a 14-1 surge just before halftime and kept pouring it on.

Just after a fan nailed a half-court shot to win $20,000 in the break after the third quarter, Durant drove for a two-handed slam while getting fouled and Oklahoma City was soon up by 30.

Harden, playing against the team that traded him away just before the season started, had 20 points but the league's second-highest scoring offense was held 15 points below its regular-season average while shooting 36 percent.

Westbrook had 19 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds.

Game 2 is Wednesday night in Oklahoma City.

• Heat 110, Bucks 87: In Miami, LeBron James has never taken fewer shots in a playoff game than he did on Sunday night, which at first glance might seem like a good thing for the Bucks.

It was not.

James scored 27 points on 9-for-11 shooting - finishing two assists shy of a triple-double - while Ray Allen scored 20 off the bench and the defending champion Heat picked up where it left off in the NBA playoffs a year ago, never trailing on the way to winning in Game 1 of an Eastern Conference first-round series.

"All I care about is the win," James said. "I didn't even know my stats. I just knew that we were playing efficient offensively besides the turnovers. We want to try to keep that going."

Dwyane Wade scored 16, Chris Bosh added 15 and Chris Andersen finished with 10 on 4-for-4 shooting for the Heat, who opened their title defense by holding Milwaukee to 42 percent shooting and out-rebounding the Bucks 46-31.

Brandon Jennings scored 26 points and Monta Ellis added 22 for the Bucks.

Game 2 is Tuesday in Miami.

• Pacers 107, Hawks 90: In Indianapolis, Paul George scored 23 points and recorded his first playoff triple double, leading Indiana to a 1-0 lead in the Eastern Conference series.

George made just 3 of 13 shots but was 17 of 18 from the free-throw line, had 11 rebounds and 12 assists. George Hill added 18 points despite playing with a left groin injury.

It's the first time since 2006 that the Pacers have opened a playoff series with a win.

"I know what the team will expect from me now," George said. "But, again, I like the pressure."

The best-of-seven series resumes Wednesday at Indy.

Atlanta was led by Jeff Teague with 21 points and Josh Smith with 15.

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