Friday, June 07, 2013

Game 1 - Spurs Control the 4th

The San Antonio Spurs started Game 1 with a 9-2 run to open the game in Miami. But the Heat roared back. Miami maintained a slight lead through much of the game thanks to effective long range shooting and LeBron James's passing.

Tony Parker wouldn't let the Spurs lose contact with the Heat, however. And despite early foul trouble for Tim Duncan and Kawhi Leonard, the Spurs were down by one after one and three after two. But San Antonio wasn't able to close the gap all the way at any point until the fourth. Whenever the Spurs would creep to within a point or two, they would inevitably settle for long range shots.

James scored 18 points, grabbed 18 rebounds, and dished 10 assists, but only Dwyane Wade and Ray Allen provided a scoring lift. In the fourth, the Spurs came back because they took the ball to the hole and Miami settled for threes, finally going cold from beyond the arc. Duncan, who scored 20, helped the Spurs race past the Heat and actually take a comfortable lead late in the fourth. But Miami wouldn't go away.

Parker was the hero of the game with 21 points, including a floater that beat the shot clock by a fraction of a second with five seconds left to play in the game. That put the Spurs up four and essentially sealed the victory.

San Antonio won 92-88, snatching home court from the Heat and taking a 1-0 lead in the series.

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