The Spurs got balanced scoring from their starting lineup, with all five starters scoring at least nine points. Danny Green and Tim Duncan both have 13 points to lead the way for San Antonio thus far. The Spurs shot 61.8 percent in the half.
With both teams going to small-ball lineups at the outset, the game started at an extremely fast pace. Manu Ginobili immediately made his presence felt in the starting lineup, scoring seven quick points as the Spurs jumped out to a six-point lead.
Miami responded quickly behind Wade and James to tie the score, but San Antonio closed the opening quarter on a 15-2 run to take a 32-19 lead into the second. The Spurs shot 63.2 percent in the first quarter, while the Heat made just 30.0 percent of their shots.
San Antonio continued to play well at the beginning of the second quarter, pushing their lead out to 17 points thanks to Green's hot 3-point shooting. Miami then went on a 12-0 run to make it a game again, but a Tony Parker layup in the waning moments of the half gave the Spurs a nine-point lead.
Let's take a look at three questions posed by Rodger Sherman in the Game 5 preview:
The Big How Many?
James and Wade got off to quick starts, scoring 15 points between them in the early going. But the shots didn't fall at the tail end of the first quarter, which allowed the Spurs to jump out to their big lead. Chris Bosh only had two points and two rebounds in the opening quarter, getting outplayed handily by Duncan.
Bosh started to get going in the second quarter, doing some dirty work down low on the offensive glass. Wade continued to be aggressive and James got it going again, so the Big Three did their part in the first half. The three combined for 40 points, but it has not been enough to overcome the Spurs' hot shooting.
Who turns the ball over?
Both teams took pretty good care of the ball early on, but the Spurs had some issues with turnovers in the second quarter. San Antonio finished the half with eight turnovers, which led to eight Miami points. The Heat had just six turnovers in the first half.
Will these teams keep hitting a bunch of threes, and does it matter?
The threes weren't falling for either team to start, but Green got hot in the second quarter, knocking down three of them to help the Spurs open up a 17-point lead. San Antonio made 5-of-11 from deep in the half, while Miami went 4-of-10.