After a grueling 7-game series against the Indiana Pacers, the Miami Heat had to make a quick turnaround and open the NBA Finals against the San Antonio Spurs. They got off the a good start, having up to a 9 point lead, and leading by three going to the fourth. But turnovers and missed opportunities trapped the Heat who scored only 16 points in the final frame as the Spurs took control of the series from the Heat.
The Spurs won the game 92-88 as Miami scored only 36 points in the second half. LeBron James led the Heat with 18 points, 18 rebounds and 10 assists. But as the Heat were recovering from losing their lead, Tony Parker hit a difficult jumpshot to seal the game for the Spurs. Though Miami kept him in check much of the game, Parker had a game high 21 points and also had 6 assists.
Tim Duncan gave the Heat all kinds of trouble down low on both ends of the floor. He had 20 points and 14 rebounds and 3 blocks. The Heat couldn't get to the rim like they wanted to with Duncan being effective.
The Heat had control of the game for the first three quarters, playing at their pace and keeping everyone involved. They had chances where they could have blown the game open but it always seemed like the Spurs had an answer. Timely jumpshots from Manu Ginobili, Gary Neal or Danny Green kept the Spurs close until they pulled away in the fourth.
The Heat had only 8 turnovers but had 4 of them in the fourth quarter, the Spurs had only 4 turnovers all game which kept the Heat out of transition with only 9 fast break points. Dwyane Wade played well but did most of his damage in the first half scoring 13 of his 17 points.
As many suspected, Mike Miller got most of Shane Battier's minutes and he had 5 points. Battier tried to get going but missed all three of his shots from downtown. The Heat won the rebound battle by 9 and lost the game, it's just a different series. Other than that, when you look at the box score, things are pretty even, it was just a matter of executing down the stretch and the Heat did not.
You have to give the Spurs credit, they played a terrific, balanced game and came in and won it in the clutch.
The Spurs now have home court advantage and the Heat find themselves in a must win Game 2 on Sunday night.