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Finals take edge off season's start

Heat, Thunder, LeBron, Durant provide great team, individual matchups

Updated: June 13, 2012, 10:53 PM ET
By Kareem Abdul-Jabbar | ESPN.com

The NBA Finals are upon us, and I'm sure all of the true fans of the game are pleased with the matchup of the two best teams in the league: the Miami Heat and Oklahoma City Thunder.

Game 1 went to the home team, which should surprise no one after OKC's easier trip through the playoffs. The Thunder blew through the Los Angeles Lakers and swept the defending champion Dallas Mavericks in short order. The San Antonio Spurs were more of a challenge, but the Thunder's youth, intensity ...

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