The San Antonio Spurs got hot at the right time, as they come from behind to take Game 1 of the NBA Finals, 110-95.
The Spurs jumped out to an early lead in the First Quarter, going ahead 26-20. Manu Ginobili scored nine points in the quarter, all from the three-point line. LeBron James scored seven to lead the Heat.
The Heat were able to win the Second Quarter by a score of 29-28, closing their deficit to 54-49 at the half. Ray Allen scored 10 points off the bench for the Heat, while Tony Parker and Marco Belinelli each scored eight points for San Antonio.
Miami seemed to take control of the game in the Third Quarter, outscoring the Spurs 29-20, and taking a 78-74 lead into the final period. James scored 10 in the quarter for the Heat, and Ginobili scored five in the period for the Spurs.
The Spurs dominated the depleted Heat in the Fourth Quarter, as they outscored Miami 36-17 in the frame. Danny Green scored 11 points, including three huge three-pointers. Chris Bosh scored eight in the quarter for the Heat.
Sure, we can all point to the fact that James was largely absent from the crucial minutes of the game (due to cramping) as the reason behind the Heat’s loss, and the case would be legitimate. But I’d much rather point to the fact that the Spurs shot 59% from the field, and 52% from three-point range on 25 attempts. Those numbers are hard to beat, even when a team commits 23 turnovers.
In all, for Miami, James finished with 25 points, to go along with six rebounds. Dwyane Wade finished with 19 points. Chris Bosh added 18 points and nine rebounds.
For San Antonio, Tim Duncan scored 21 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. Parker scored 19 points and dished eight assists. Ginobili finished with 16 points and 11 rebounds off the bench.
Game 2 is Sunday night, back in San Antonio. The tip-off is scheduled for 9 pm.