NBA Finals: Game 1 Recap
The end is here friends. Since the season started in October everything has been building up to this….. The NBA Finals! Luckily for us basketball fans we get to see the two best teams in the NBA in a dream match-up. The Miami Heat and the San Antonio Spurs. After each and every game make sure to check Sportazine for my recaps!
After a 6 year “Finals drought” the San Antonio Spurs returned with a bang by defeating the defending champion Miami Heat 92-88 in Game 1 and have taken home-court advantage. The usual players for San Antonio showed up with some big time games. Tim Duncan started the game very slowly (he had 0 points in the 1st quarter) he came on late with some clutch free throws late in the 4th quarter and finished the game with 20 points and 14 rebounds.
But as usual for these up-tempo Spurs it was Tony Parker who sealed the game for the team. He hit a ridiculous bank shot with 5 seconds left on the clock to effectively win the game. He had 10 of his 21 points in the 4th quarter and also chipped in 6 assists.
After struggling for much of the playoffs trying to find his shot, Manu Ginobili scored 13 points and Danny Green and Kawhi Leonard combined to score 22 points. As a team the Spurs were able pretty much do anything they wanted offensively and probably would’ve won the game a lot more had Green, and Leonard hit some of the wide-open corner 3’s they had. Defensively the Spurs had an awesome 4th quarter and forced Miami into 4 turnovers in the final period, to go along with holding them to 7 points in the first 8 minutes of the 4th.
The Heat looked like they were in control until the 4th quarter. Despite LeBron James’s triple double (18 points, 10 assists and 18 rebounds) the defending champions probably needed a little more to put them over the hump. LeBron only shot 7-16 from the field and Dwyane Wade (17 points) and Chris Bosh (13 points) combined to only score 2 points in the 4th quarter. Defensively the Heat lost the Spurs shooters on the perimeter a lot and Tony Parker was able to get wherever he wanted in the 4th quarter. On a positive note Ray Allen seem to have found his shot and made 3 three-pointers and finished with 13 points.
Game 2 is Sunday night