And ironically enough, it happened on the same night.
Last night the Oklahoma City Thunder and Miami Heat each lost for the first time this season, leaving the NBA with no unbeaten teams. The Thunder and Heat now have 5-1 records. Defending NBA champs, Dallas Mavericks, downed the Thunder 100-87 Monday, shortly after the host Heat lost 100-92 to the Atlanta Hawks.
In Miami, the Hawks used an effective zone defense later in the game. They opened the fourth quarter with a 15-3 run outscoring Miami 33-21 in the final quarter to hand the Heat their first loss of the season. The Heat seemed to rush shots, and let the zone defense get to them. They definitely need to get through a tough zone defense, it’s what Miami’s Big Three had a difficult time handling during the finals last year.
Joe Johnson led Atlanta with 21 points. Tracy McGrady of the Hawks scored 13 of his 16 points in the fourth quarter—his biggest fourth quarter, scoring wise since 2008.
LeBron James scored 28 points for the Heat. James now has 176 points on the season, his most points scored through his team’s first six games in any season of his career.
In Dallas, Kevin Durant led the Thunder with 27 points, but it wasn’t enough to beat Dirk and the Mavs. Their fourth game in five days, and last night the Dallas Mavericks (2-4) seemed to finally click as a team. The Mavs played great defense against OKC, remising of the defense they played in the finals last year against Miami. They outscored the Thunder by 13 in the second and third quarter, only letting OKC score a mere 18 points in the third quarter.
This just was not the best game for the Thunder; shots were not falling and for the first time this season, they allowed a team to shoot above 45 percent. (Mavs 48.8%). This is not the downfall of the Thunder, but this might be the rise of the Mavericks.
Dirk Nowitzki led Dallas with 26 points.
Kevin Durant led the Thunder with 27 points.