Game 1 draws highest ratings

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The series-opener of the NBA Finals between Kevin Durant's Oklahoma City Thunder and LeBron James' Miami Heat was the highest-rated Game 1 ever on ABC.

Citing ratings from Nielsen, the NBA announced Wednesday that the overnight rating of 11.8 was the best for a finals opener on ABC, two-tenths of a point better than Game 1 of the Detroit-Los Angeles Lakers series in 2004.

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ABC started televising the finals in 2003, taking over from NBC.

The NBA says the game produced the highest rating ever for an NBA game in Oklahoma City with a 44.3. It drew a 30.5 rating in Miami.

The Thunder won the game 105-94. Game 2 is Thursday night in Oklahoma City.

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