In a back and forth contest, the San Antonio Spurs stole Game 1 of the NBA Finals, 92-88.
LeBron James had a bit of an off night, and finished with 18 points, 18 rebounds, and 10 assists. Dwyane Wade scored 17 points, while Chris Bosh and Ray Allen each added 13.
Tony Parker led the Spurs and all scorers with 21, including 10 in the 4th quarter. Tim Duncan scored 20 and grabbed 14 rebounds, and Manu Ginobili scored 13.
The story of this game was the Spurs’ execution in the 4th quarter, and the lack of said execution for the Heat. Miami committed multiple turnovers in the last 7 minutes that helped the Spurs distance themselves. In addition to that, coach Erik Spoelstra gambled with an all-bench lineup to start the 4th, and it seems that he may have left those chips on the table too long. Parker was able to get into a ryhtm against Norris Cole, and he never looked back. Also, an amazing shot from Parker with 5.2 seconds left stretched the Spurs lead to 4.
The Heat attacked the rim to start the game, but fell into settling for a lot of jump shots, that played into the Spurs game plan. Hopefully, Spoelstra can convince Bosh to play inside the 3-point line and get Wade and James to attack the rim as well. The Heat won the title last season by playing inside the arc for the most part last season, and they seemed to stray away from it in Game 1.
This was an exciting game, the type of game we, as basketball fans, hoped for. Plenty of excitement and high level execution by both teams will make this series a great one. Game 1 is usually the feel out game, and with three days of rest until the next game, you can bet it all that some amazing adjustments will be made by players and coaches alike for Game 2. That game is Sunday night at 8 pm in Miami.