Sunday, February 18, 2018
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Spurs beat Heat in Game 1 of Finals

MIAMI — The Old Big Three beat the Bold Beat Three.

Tony Parker banked in a 16-footer with 5.2 seconds left for the last of his 21 points, and the Spurs stunned the Heat 92-88 in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday.

Tim Duncan had 20 points, 14 rebounds and three blocks and Manu Ginobili scored 13 for the Spurs, who are in the Finals for the first time since 2007 and seeking their fifth title.

LeBron James had 18 points, 18 rebounds and 10 assists for his 10th career playoff triple double (his three in the Finals trail only Magic Johnson's eight) while Chris Bosh scored 13 and Dwyane Wade scored 17 for the defending champion Heat.

But James made just 7 of 16 shots, missing his last one while managing his lowest scoring output of this season's playoffs. Wade scored four during the second half and none during the fourth. And Bosh was 0-for-4 on 3-pointers.

"We had some poor possessions," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. "There were a couple of uncharacteristic turnovers, three of them in the fourth quarter … uncharacteristic. And probably three or four possessions where we didn't get organized where we typically get into, and the ball didn't go where it needed to go."

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich credited forward Kawhi Leonard for helping limit James.

"He made him work," Popovich said.

"Nobody is going to stop LeBron James for all the reasons that we all know. But to try to make him work and maybe deny a catch here and there is important. Kawhi did the best job he could."

The Heat lost Game 1 of last season's Finals. But that was not at home. And it beat the Thunder in the next four.

The Spurs, playing after a nine-day layoff, trailed for most of the first three quarters, but Duncan kept the Heat from running away by controlling the paint and moving the ball. Parker's two free throws gave San Antonio a 77-76 lead in the fourth, and Duncan's putback pushed the lead to 83-79 with 5:30 to go.

The Heat went nearly four minutes without a field goal, but James ended that drought with a putback with 3:09 left to make it 85-81. Danny Green gave the Spurs an 88-81 lead after knocking down his fourth 3-pointer.

James scored on two straight Miami possessions, and Ray Allen hit three free throws to cut the Spurs' lead to 88-86 with 1:28 to go.

Duncan hit two free throws, and Bosh missed an open 3-pointer on the other end. Then Parker, who scored 10 during the fourth, finished off the Heat with a leaner — after falling to his knees — just in front of James and just before the shot clock expired.

"We were very fortunate," Popovich said of the scramble that led to Parker's basket. "It looked like he lost it two or three times. But he stuck with it. He kept competing."

Spurs 92, Heat 88

SAN ANTONIO (92): Leonard 3-9 4-4 10, Duncan 8-19 4-4 20, Splitter 3-6 1-2 7, Parker 9-18 3-4 21, Green 4-9 0-0 12, Ginobili 4-11 3-4 13, Diaw 1-1 0-0 2, Joseph 0-1 0-0 0, Neal 3-9 0-0 7, Bonner 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 35-84 15-18 92.

MIAMI (88): James 7-16 3-4 18, Haslem 1-1 0-0 2, Bosh 6-16 1-2 13, Chalmers 3-10 0-0 8, Wade 7-15 3-4 17, Allen 3-4 4-5 13, Miller 2-3 0-0 5, Andersen 3-5 1-2 7, Cole 2-4 0-0 5, Battier 0-3 0-0 0, Anthony 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 34-78 12-17 88.

San Antonio 23 26 20 23— 92

Miami 24 28 20 16— 88

3-Point GoalsSan Antonio 7-23 (Green 4-9, Ginobili 2-5, Neal 1-5, Leonard 0-4), Miami 8-25 (Allen 3-4, Chalmers 2-6, Cole 1-1, Miller 1-2, James 1-5, Battier 0-3, Bosh 0-4). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsSan Antonio 47 (Duncan 14), Miami 54 (James 18). AssistsSan Antonio 16 (Parker 6), Miami 20 (James 10). Total FoulsSan Antonio 12, Miami 12. A19,775 (19,600).

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