San Antonio Spurs
9:00 PM ET, June 6, 2013
The NBA Finals have arrived. Miami's Big 3 are back for the third year in a row and are set to face the older Big 3 of San Antonio.
LeBron James and the Heat steamrolled through their opening series and dispatched the Chicago Bulls in the second round in five games. It took them a full seven games, but the Heat managed to outlast the Indiana Pacers in the Eastern Conference Finals. Out West, the Spurs have been playing the waiting (and resting) game. San Antonio finished off the Memphis Grizzlies in a four-game sweep on May 27th. It was the second sweep of the postseason for the Spurs, who eliminated the Los Angeles Lakers in four games in the first round.
For each team's leader -- LeBron and Tim Duncan -- this will be the second time they meet in the finals. Back in James' Cleveland days, he took on Duncan's Spurs in the 2007 Finals and was swept. But this isn't the same LeBron and Spurs coach Gregg Popovich knows it.
"That was like ancient history. He was basically a neophyte at the time, wondering how all this stuff worked and how it's put together. We were very fortunate at that time to get him so early. But at this point he's grown," Popovich said, via the Associated Press.
Will the four-time MVP dominate in Game 1? Will he get help from Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh? Will Duncan, a four-time NBA champ, help exploit Miami's lack of size down low? Will Tony Parker shred Miami's guards?
How did the Spurs only turn the ball over four times? Pop - "I have no clue".— Couper Moorhead (@CoupNBA) 3 years ago
You're going to want to watch this over and over and over again.
LeBron's bizarre line: 18 pts, 18 rebs, 10 asts, 0 fouls— chris palmer (@ESPNChrisPalmer) 4 years ago
WHY IS CHRIS BOSH TAKING THREES? WHYHYWHYWHYHWYHWYHWYHGW????????— Chris Joseph (@byChrisJoseph) 4 years ago
Parker gets the key bucket off just before the shot clock, Bosh misses a three just after the final buzzer. Pretty much sums it up.— J.A. Adande (@jadande) 4 years ago
Wade misses a shot in the paint and the Spurs take GAME 1, 92-88. Tony Parker. What a shot.
That's Tony Parker's answer to the Derek Fisher shot in 2004.— Shandel Richardson (@ShandelRich) 3 years ago
The refs rule it a good basket. Wow. Wow. Wow. 92-88 Spurs with 5 seconds left.
Tony Parker just dribbled ALL OVER THE PLACE, lost the control, got it back, fell, got back up, shifted his body around LeBron and BANKED in a shot from the right wing as the shot clock expired. WOW. The replay looks VERY VERY VERY close.
LeBron makes both free throws. 90-88 Spurs with 30 seconds left.
Tony takes it himself again and misses a long 2. LeBron gets the ball into the paint and draws a foul with 31.3 seconds left. He's going to the line.
Bosh misses a wide open 3-pointer from the right wing and misses. Danny Green gets the rebound and Spurs call timeout.The Spurs want Bosh shooting that.
Tim Duncan gets the ball at the free throw line, drives through Bosh and LeBron and draws a foul. LeBron very upset with the call. Tim Duncan makes both free throws. 90-86 Spurs. 1:08 left.
Ray Allen makes all three free throws. 88-86 Spurs with 1:28 left in the game.
LeBron in take-over mode. Should have tried that a quarter ago.— Dan McCarney (@danmccarneysaen) 2 years ago
LeBron drives and makes a tough layup. Then Ginobili takes a long, long 3-pointer and misses off the back iron. Then Ray Allen gets fouled on a 3-pointer and now Miami will have a chance to cut the lead to 2. Popovich isn't happy with the the call.
"Clearly a foul." - Jeff Van Gundy.
Danny Green gets open on the right wing and buries a 3-pointer. 88-81 Spurs. LeBron had missed a 3 on Miami's last possession.
Bosh misses a shot in the paint but LeBron is there to clean it up with a put-back. And now he's guarding Tony Parker. That was LeBron's second field goal attempt of the fourth quarter and first points. 85-81 Spurs .
Seven points in the first 8 1/2 minutes of the fourth quarter for the Heat. Bosh has taken more shots than LeBron.— Brian Mahoney (@briancmahoney) 4 years ago
Remember this - the Spurs almost lost Tony Parker to a brawl between Chris Brown and Drake.— Awful Announcing (@awfulannouncing) 2 years ago
The Heat had this thing...and then they didn't. It's like they opened the door and the cat ran out.— J.A. Adande (@jadande) 4 years ago
Tony takes it himself from the top of the key, makes a crossover move at the elbow and buries a long 2 over Chalmers. Heat call timeout. 85-79 Miami.
Chalmers gets the ball in the corner and Tony Parker blankets him, forcing him to take a contested 3 with the shot clock winding down. The ball only hit the side of the backboard. Shot clock violation. Spurs ball with 3:50 left.
Leonard misses a layup but Timmy is there for the tip-in. 83-79 Spurs. Miami has 4 turnovers in the fourth quarter.
Ray Allen gets open curling from the right wing and drives, then draws the fourth foul on Tim Duncan. He MISSED the first free throw then made the 2nd. 81-79 Spurs. 5:45 left.
LeBron ties Larry Bird for 4th most playoff triple doubles all-time.— chris palmer (@ESPNChrisPalmer) 4 years ago
Spoelstra's been so unconventional with his rotations that it's tough to say who finishes.... Allen and Chalmers? Cole?— Ethan J. Skolnick (@EthanJSkolnick) 4 years ago
LeBron with triple double, but only two points in second half.— Dan McCarney (@danmccarneysaen) 2 years ago
LeBron turns the ball over and that leads to Tony Parker driving to his left, puts a spin move on Cole and makes a reverse layup. That gives San Antonio an 81-78 lead. Timeout Miami.