Tip-Off for 6/7/13 (featuring Allen Iverson): Spurs outlast Heat 92-88 to take Game 1 of the NBA Finals
Tony Parker’s bank shot sealed a Game 1 victory for the Spurs.
Tony Parker scored 10 of his 21 points in the 4th quarter, including a miraculous bank shot with 5.2 seconds remaining as the San Antonio Spurs held of the Miami Heat to take Game 1 of the NBA Finals.
Parker’s performance overshadowed an outstanding effort by Miami’s LeBron James — who posted a triple-double.
The Miami Heat committed four turnovers in the final quarter — opening the door for the San Antonio Spurs to take Game 1 of the series. Miami shot 5 of 18 in the 4th quarter, scoring only 16 points. The Heat showed the fatigue of a team coming in on short rest after a 7-game series. Chris Bosh was 1 for 5 in the quarter, including two questionable three-pointers. The Spurs — who trailed for a good portion of the game took the lead for good on a jumper by Kawhi Leonard with seven minutes remaining. The Spurs opened up a 7-point lead on a three by Danny Green, only to watch the Heat score five straight points.
With the Spurs clinging to a 90-88 lead, Tony Parker — who hounded by James for most of the possession got off a bank shot which beat the shot clock by the slimmest of slim margins to give the Spurs a four-point lead.
Parker finished with 21 points and 6 assists. San Antonio placed five players in double figures. Tim Duncan overcame early foul trouble to finish with 20 points and 14 boards. Kawhi Leonard finished with 10 points and 10 rebounds and Danny Green was 4 for 9 from three-point range and finished with 12 points. Manu Ginobili added 13 points.
LeBron James joined Wilt Chamberlain and Magic Johnson as the only players to record consecutive triple-doubles in the NBA Finals (James recorded a triple-double in Game 5 against the Thunder last year). James finished with 18 points, 18 rebounds and 10 assists. Dwyane Wade scored 13 of his 17 points in the first half. Chris Bosh struggles from the field continue, Bosh finished with 13 points on 6 for 16 shooting. Ray Allen chipped in 13 off the Heat’s bench.
Spurs lead 1-0.
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