The Oklahoma City Thunder won Game 1 of the 2012 NBA Finals, 105-94, over the Miami Heat on Tuesday in Oklahoma City. See how former Boston Celticcurrent Thunder starting center Kendrick Perkins performed in the opening game:
Points: 4 (2-2 FG, 0-0 FT)
Rebounds: 7 (2 offensive, 5 defensive)
Personal Fouls: 0
Technical Fouls: 0
Perkins scored both baskets (dunk, 6-foot jumper) in the third quarter as the Thunder outscored the Heat, 27-19, to reclaim the lead entering the fourth. He is averaging 4.6 points, 6.1 rebounds, and 1.4 blocks in 26.6 minutes per game this postseason.
The Thunder and Heat will play Game 2 on Thursday night.
NEW YORK - Joakim Noah of the New York Knicks has been suspended 20 games without pay for violating the league’s anti-drug policy.
The NBA announced the suspension Saturday, saying Noah tested positive for Selective Androgen Receptor Modulator LGD-4033 – something that can be found in over-the-counter supplements.
Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports first reported the suspension.
Noah has not played since Feb. 4 and was likely to miss the Knicks’ final 10 games this season because of a knee injury. The NBA said Noah’s suspension will begin with the ”first NBA regular season or playoff game for which he is eligible and physically able to play.”
Noah is in the first year of a four-year, $72 million contract. He and the Knicks (27-45) have been a disappointment this season. He averaged 5.0 points and 8.7 rebounds in 46 games this season, and has been limited to 75 games over the past two seasons.
Highlights from the TD Garden as Devin Booker had a historic performance where he scored 70 points, but it wasn't enough to get the win over the Celtics.