Led by 10 points, eight rebounds and five assists from LeBron James, the Miami Heat hold a 52-49 lead after the first half of Game 1 of the 2013 NBA Finals.
The Spurs were fired up out of the gates as they quickly jumped out to a 9-2 lead. Miami gathered themselves after the initial storm, however, and took control of the quarter after a quick timeout from Erik Spoelstra. The first quarter was back-and-forth action as Miami took a 24-23 lead into the second quarter.
The Heat pushed their lead up to nine points in the second quarter as their shooting from beyond the arc was tuned in, going 6-for-15. The half ended in exciting fashion when Wade scored with six seconds left, but Duncan responded by beating the buzzer with only .8 seconds left on the clock.
Let's take a look at the three keys we outlined going into the opening game of the NBA Finals.
Can the Heat corral Tony Parker?
Parker finished the half with nine points and four assists. The Spurs used the pick-and-roll with Parker as the ball-handler often to attack Miami's defense, and he did a good job of finding the open man while the Heat's defense rotated to cut off his dribble penetration. While Parker was effective for San Antonio, he did not have the same impact for the Spurs as he has through the majority of the playoffs, and the Heat deserve credit for keeping him under control.
Will Bosh and Wade show up?
Chris Bosh scored five points in the first half on 2-of-5 shooting while grabbing only two rebounds. Bosh missed both three-point field goals he put up, and has been a non-factor. Wade struggled through most of the half, but during the second quarter scored on three straight possessions and helped Miami pull away from San Antonio while James was on the bench. Wade also scored on Miami's last possession of the half.
Can the Spurs shake off the rust?
The Spurs came out firing, going up 9-2 to open the game and forcing Eric Spoelstra into calling his first timeout of the night. San Antonio had no problem getting back to business after their last game. If any player on the Spurs showed signs of rust, though, it'd be Duncan. He was 0-for-5 from the field through the first quarter and picked up two quick fouls, though he improved in the second quarter.