How San Antonio Won: It almost seemed like game 1 of the NBA finals was just a normal day at the office. Tim Duncan finished with 20 points and 14 rebounds, Tony Parker added 21 points and 6 assists, while Manu Ginobili scored 13 points off the bench.
The Spurs were outshot and outrebounded in the first half, but the veteran group turned it up in the fourth quarter. Trailing by three at the end of the third quarter, San Antonio held the defending champions to just seven points in the first 8 minutes of the final period, and outscored the Heat 23-16.
The Spurs finished shooting just 42 percent from the field, but they were able to win with their defense in the fourth quarter. Danny Green scored 12 points, and did a good job containing Dwyane Wade, while Kawhi Leonard did a great job defending Lebron James in the fourth quarter.
Parker, Ginobili, and the other perimeter players did a tremendous job taking care of the ball. San Antonio committed just four turnovers for the game, while the Heat committed nine.
How Miami Lost: The Heat looked good for three quarters, but it all went downhill in the fourth. James recorded a triple-double with 18 points, 18 rebounds, and 10 assists, but received no help in crunch time.
Wade scored 17 points, but was scoreless in the final period, while Chris Bosh scored just 2 of his 13 points in the fourth quarter. Ray Allen scored 13 points off the bench, but Miami wasn’t able to do what it does best on defense. The Heat forced just 4 Spurs turnovers, while committing 9, and lost the turnover battle in a game for the first time in a while.
It Was Over When: With the Spurs up by two points with the ball, Miami decided not to foul with just over 30 seconds remaining. Parker got the ball on the right wing, and somehow was able to avoid getting his shot blocked by James, and made a 16-foot bank shot with 5 seconds remaining to stretch the lead to 4.
Quote of the Night: “The Spurs are the Spurs. They’re going to put you in positions where you feel uncomfortable offensively and defensively, and every time you make a mistake, they’re going to capitalize on it.” -Lebron James
|San Antonio Spurs|
|Tim Duncan, PF||37||8-19||0-0||4-4||3||11||14||4||0||3||2||4||+9||20|
|Kawhi Leonard, SF||35||3-9||0-4||4-4||2||8||10||1||1||0||0||2||+6||10|
|Tiago Splitter, C||25||3-6||0-0||1-2||1||1||2||0||0||1||1||0||-7||7|
|Tony Parker, PG||40||9-18||0-0||3-4||0||0||0||6||2||0||0||1||+9||21|
|Danny Green, SG||34||4-9||4-9||0-0||0||5||5||0||1||1||0||3||+2||12|
|Matt Bonner, PF||7||0-1||0-0||0-0||0||3||3||0||0||0||0||0||-2||0|
|Boris Diaw, C||9||1-1||0-0||0-0||0||1||1||1||0||0||0||0||-1||2|
|Gary Neal, PG||22||3-9||1-5||0-0||0||2||2||1||0||0||0||0||+7||7|
|Cory Joseph, PG||2||0-1||0-0||0-0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||-6||0|
|Manu Ginobili, SG||30||4-11||2-5||3-4||0||0||0||3||2||0||1||2||+3||13|
|DeJuan Blair, C||DNP COACH’S DECISION|
|Patty Mills, PG||DNP COACH’S DECISION|
|Tracy McGrady, SG||DNP COACH’S DECISION|
|Udonis Haslem, PF||17||1-1||0-0||0-0||0||4||4||0||0||0||0||2||-2||2|
|LeBron James, SF||42||7-16||1-5||3-4||2||16||18||10||0||0||2||0||-3||18|
|Chris Bosh, C||35||6-16||0-4||1-2||1||4||5||1||3||1||1||4||-9||13|
|Mario Chalmers, PG||27||3-10||2-6||0-0||0||1||1||2||0||0||1||0||-4||8|
|Dwyane Wade, SG||36||7-15||0-0||3-4||2||0||2||2||1||0||1||0||-11||17|
|Chris Andersen, PF||13||3-5||0-0||1-2||1||2||3||0||0||0||1||3||+6||7|
|Shane Battier, SF||6||0-3||0-3||0-0||0||1||1||1||0||1||0||1||-2||0|
|Joel Anthony, C||3||0-1||0-0||0-0||2||1||3||0||0||0||0||0||-5||0|
|Norris Cole, PG||17||2-4||1-1||0-0||0||2||2||4||0||0||0||1||-2||5|
|Ray Allen, SG||24||3-4||3-4||4-5||1||2||3||0||0||0||1||1||+5||13|
|Mike Miller, SG||20||2-3||1-2||0-0||0||4||4||0||0||0||1||0||+7||5|
|Rashard Lewis, PF||DNP COACH’S DECISION|
|James Jones, SF||DNP COACH’S DECISION|