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June 13, 2012

HORNING: Everything in its right place for Thunder

OKLAHOMA CITY — If the Oklahoma City Thunder were a game show, it would be “Let’s Make a Deal” without the donkeys and goats.

No gag gifts.

No zonks.

Hard to lose when all the options are good ones, and don’t the Miami Heat know it after Game 1 of the NBA finals Tuesday night, emphatically claimed by the Thunder 105-94.

Behind door No. 1?

Derek Fisher.

The late season addition, there to stabilize a game that couldn’t have started a whole lot worse for Oklahoma City, down 10 points 6:34 into the night and 13 9:34 before the half.

But in came the old man to hit a huge 3-pointer that kept the Heat in range early, and then back he came with two quick baskets in the second quarter that did the same, turning a 13-point Miami edge into a nine-point Thunder deficit.

Fisher even got Heat coach Erik Spoelstra to call time out, up nine points, like the Thunder might run off 25 straight if he hadn’t.

Maybe they would have.

Behind door No. 2?

Thabo Sefolosha.

The defensive specialist, who played less than nine first-half minutes, was the Thunder’s third-quarter spark. Six minutes into the second half he’d made a trio of free throws, a steal, an assist, a block and a field goal.

The basket, a reverse layup off a feed from Kevin Durant tied it — 60-60 — for the first time since 0-0.

If it doesn’t sound like much, every fan in the building knew who was fueling the Thunder run.

Not bad for a guy averaging 5.5 points and 2.9 rebounds since the playoffs began.

Behind door No. 3?

Well, the stars had to come out sometime and they finally did for an Oklahoma City team that arrives in waves.

Between the talent on the floor and the atmosphere in the arena, it’s tempting to believe there’s no winning formula for Miami, not as long as the Heat are playing in Oklahoma City, anyway.

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