Spurs Ice Heat, Take Game 1 Of NBA Finals
San Antonio Spurs point guard Tony Parker banked in a pressure shot (pictured left) with the shot clock winding down, and with it, propelled his Spurs to a 92-88 win over the Miami Heat in Game 1 of the NBA Finals.
“I was going down and was just trying to stay composed and get a shot up,” said Parker, who hit the shot with 5.2 seconds left. The clutch basket capped off a superb 4th quarter for Parker, who scored 10 of his 21 points in the final frame.
“Tony’s shot is one of those things that happens sometimes,” Spurs forward Manu Ginobili said. “We got lucky today.”
Luck doesn’t hurt, but San Antonio beat the Heat on Thursday night be protecting the basketball. Miami thrives off turnovers. Despite a 9 day layoff for the Spurs, San Antonio showed no signs of rust, only turning it over 4 times.
Tim Duncan was awesome. The “Big Fundamental” missed his first 5 shots, then put together a vintage performance. In addition to fueling San Antonio’s back line of defense, he put up 20 points, 14 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 blocked shots.
Miami forward LeBron James did his part to keep the game in question until the final seconds. The reigning league MVP finished with 18 points, 18 rebounds and 10 assists, good for his second straight NBA Finals triple-double. However, he and his teammates couldn’t generate a solid offensive game plan in the 4th quarter, where they were outscored by the Spurs 23-16.
Dwyane Wade finished with 17 points, but couldn’t muster a single point in the 4th quarter. Chris Bosh only registered 2 of his 13 points in the final frame.
San Antonio will try to take a 2-0 series lead on Sunday night in Game 2, while the Heat look to get even. Tip-off from Miami is set for 7:00.