The San Antonio Spurs locked down the Miami Heat's offense in the fourth quarter to complete a come-from-behind victory in Game 1 of the NBA Finals, 92-88. After trailing the Heat since the first quarter, the Spurs outscored Miami 23-16 in the fourth quarter by holding Miami to 5-of-18 shooting in the final period. San Antonio now has a 1-0 lead in the NBA Finals.
Tony Parker sealed the game for San Antonio with 5.2 seconds remaining to hitting an unbelievable shot after falling to the floor, getting back up to his feet, and nailing a floater to barely beat the shot clock. Officials reviewed the play and confirmed that the ball left Parker's hands with a fraction of a second left. Needing a miracle, Miami made a last-ditch effort but Dwyane Wade missed a layup, and the final buzzer sounded.
Here's a .GIF of Parker's game-sealing shot:
The Spurs took the lead with 7:45 left in the fourth quarter after Parker hit a pair of free throws. After exchanging possessions, Parker's spinning layup in transition pushed the Spurs lead to three with six minutes left in the game. San Antonio held onto its lead through the fourth, and Danny Green's three with 2:13 remaining gave the Spurs a seven-point lead.
Miami's comeback effort with less than two minutes left in the game began with James grabbing his 17th rebound for a putback, followed by Ray Allen being fouled from beyond the arc and making all three free throws to cut San Antonio's lead down to two with 1:30 remaining. Tim Duncan was fouled on the other end and made both free throws, pushing the Spurs' lead back up to four.
Down four with 1:02 left, Chris Bosh missed a wide-open three-point attempt. After Parker missed a mid-range jumper, LeBron James was fouled on the other end and made both free throws, cutting the lead back down to two and setting up Parker's game-sealing shot.
The Spurs won despite surrendering a triple double from LeBron James. James notched 18 points, 18 rebounds, and 10 assists, but it was all for naught. Parker had a game-high 21 points and six assists.
Let's look at the results of three keys we picked out going into Game 1.
Can the Heat corral Tony Parker?
Parker was effective for San Antonio, but Miami deserves credit for slowing him down through the first three quarters. It was Parker's fourth-quarter performance that turned the game around, however. His game-sealing basket in the fourth, and ten points overall in the quarter, changed the outcome of the game and gave the Spurs a Game 1 victory.
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Will Bosh and Wade show up?
Wade and Bosh combined for 30 points, three assists and seven rebounds. They came up short for Miami, and their struggles from the field continue after a tough series against the Indiana Pacers.
Can the Spurs shake off the rust?
The Spurs showed no signs of rust after last playing on May 27. San Antonio executed at a high level at both ends of the floor and wasted no time to take a 9-2 lead to open the game. If there was any rust, it was Duncan's slow start in the first quarter. He started the game by missing all five of his shots in the first quarter and picked up two quick fouls before being sent to the bench.