Game 1 went to the San Antonio Spurs, thanks to that miracle jumper (after a slide) from Tony Parker that nailed the game in-front of disappointed Heat fans on their own home court. That crucial point which Parker did at the last 5.2 seconds of Game 1 gave the Spurs the edge in their best of 7 finals series.
It was not an easy game though, as the LeBron James’ led Heat led the Spurs at the end of every quarter from 1st to 3rd. It was in the 4th quarter that Gregg Popovich’s team started to pull off even leading the Heat by 7 points at the 2:13 mark in the 4th quarter. But that 7-point lead was again brought down to 2 after James made a layup shot and after Ray Allen’s 3 points from the free-throws. With Bosh fouling Tim Duncan, the lead was again up to 4 points at 1:08 of the 4th. Heat still didn’t want to gave up and managed to add another 2 points courtesy of Lebron James’ free-throws via a personal foul from Ginobili.
But it seemed that the game 1 is really meant for the Spurs as Tony Parker made his incredible shot past Lebron James defense to up their lead to 4 with only 05.2 seconds remaining. The game ended at 92-88 for the Spurs giving them 1 game lead over Miami Heat in this year’s NBA finals.
San Antonio’s win was led by Tony Parker who scored 21 points and 6 assists, followed by Tim Duncan with 20 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists.
Meanwhile, although they did not win, Heat performed well in scoring led by they superstar LeBron James who scored triple double at 18-18-10 (points, rebound, assists), Dwayne Wade also contributed with 17 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists.
Spurs’ headcoach Gregg Popovicc is very happy with their win saying they are very fortunate to have the game 1. “We were very fortunate. It looked like [Parker] lost it two or three times. But he stuck with it. He kept competing. He gained control of it again. He got it up there on the rim. Great effort by Tony, and as I said, we were fortunate.”
Game 2 of their best of 7 series will be on Sunday (June 9) 8 p.m. ET (Monday, June 10 in the Philippines) again at the American Airlines Arena.
Who do you think will get the Game 2? Let’s all find out.