The San Antonio Spurs managed to come out rusty in Game 1 of the NBA Finals and still knock off the defending champions. Tony Parker and Tim Duncan were brilliant as the game got going, despite an 0-5 first quarter. He finished with 21 and 14, making it look easy in the process. But it was Parker's fourth quarter that put the Heat away. He scored 10 of his 21 in the fourth, including the dagger with 5.2 on the clock after he fell to the ground, got back up while spinning and shooting a floater that barely left his fingertips in time.
It was enough to put the Spurs up 1-0 in the series despite LeBron James putting up 18, 18 and 10. Dwyane Wade added 17 points but the rest of the supporting cast seemed to be limited to jump shots. Someone will have to put up more points for Miami to win games in this series, or LeBron will need to average 30 points on top of his rebounds and assists. Plus, the team who wins Game 1 wins the series 70 percent of the time.
Game 2 is in Miami on Sunday at 7:30 pm ET.
Tony Parker's game winner in Game 1! twitter.com/Ballislife/sta…— Ballislife.com (@Ballislife) June 7, 2013
"Tony Parker is the 3rd best player in the NBA." - Jalen Rose— Brett Poirier NBA (@BrettNBA) June 7, 2013
Tony Parker in the clutch this postseason (last 5mins, team +/-5pts): 25pts (10/22 FGAs, 45.5%) in 38mins, +18 on the floor— NBA.com/Stats (@nbastats) June 7, 2013
We knew we saw that crazy Tony Parker shot somewhere before -> youtu.be/GErF4NOcwfI?t=…— ESPN (@espn) June 7, 2013
Video review shows Spurs were 6-for-30 on contested shots in Game 1. But Tony Parker made 2 in final 3:30 of game— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) June 7, 2013
Tony Parker: 10 of his 21 points came in the 4th quarter. Here's his shot chart yfrog.com/fvgle2p— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) June 7, 2013
Tony Parker's circus shot instantly goes into the pantheon of all-time great Finals moments.It will be in the pre-game highlights forever.— Jim Rome (@jimrome) June 7, 2013
Tony Parker was unbelievable, 10 pts in the 4th and no turnovers on the game.— Kris Humphries (@KrisHumphries) June 7, 2013
I love watching @tonyparker play the game of basketball, I learn so much by just watching how he dominates the game.— Greivis Vasquez (@greivisvasquez) June 7, 2013
RT @jamesfritzcomic: "The Spurs are boring." = "I've never known the beauty of a long-term relationship."— Ball Don't Lie (@YahooBDL) June 7, 2013