Are you having fun yet? Dwyane Wade isn't. Nevertheless, the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs treated us to a thrilling Game 1 of the 2013 NBA Finals. Thanks in part to a circus shot by Tony Parker, the Spurs pulled out a 92-88 upset in South Beach to open the best-of-seven title bout.
San Antonio Spurs
9:00 PM ET, June 9, 2013
A day before Game 2, Wade told reporters that the second meeting with San Antonio was a must-win situation.
“We’re not a team that really says too much, ‘this is a must-win game’," Wade said, via Sports Illustrated. "But this is a must-win game. For us, we have to win this game at home. We have to come out and play a lot better and we have to also expect San Antonio to play a lot better, shoot a lot better."
The Spurs were able to grab a 1-0 series lead, despite LeBron James' triple-double. The defending champs took a lead into the fourth quarter but were outplayed by San Antonio down the stretch. After the defeat, both Wade and James cited fatigue from Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals with the Indiana Pacers.
Will San Antonio be able to upset Miami on the road again? Will LeBron, Wade and Chris Bosh be able to avoid having to travel to San Antonio down 0-2? Or will Game 2 once again remind LeBron of his Cleveland days?
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"Tony hit him with a great pocket pass and Splitter had a runway to the rim, and I was just like 'make a play.'" - LeBron on his block— The NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) 3 years ago
Chalmers shot 50 percent from the field (6 for 12) with two 3-pointers. He finished with 19 points. LeBron ended up with 17 points on 7 for 17 from the field, while Bosh and Wade combined for 22 points.
Tony Parker only had 13 points on 5 for 14 from the field and he had five turnovers. Tim Duncan had 9 points on 3 for 13 from the field.
The entire Spurs starting lineup had a minus in the +/- category. Duncan (-14), Leonard (-21), Splitter (-2), Parker (-27), Danny Green (-9).
Heat win 103-84. They just went off in the fourth quarter.
With 3:16 left in the third quarter, the Spurs were winning by 1. Now they are down 100-82 in the final minute...
Rashard Lewis just made a long 2. Rashard Lewis. 98-71 Miami.
Blair, Mills, Bonner, Joseph, McGrady will attempt to finish this out with dignity.— Pounding the Rock (@poundingtherock) 4 years ago
All the LeBron fretting turned out to be like a weather alert that got canceled— J.A. Adande (@jadande) 4 years ago
The story of the game was the magnificence of Kawhi and Green, and then some stuff happened, and holy cow look at that score.— Zach Lowe (@ZachLowe_NBA) 4 years ago
LeBron buries a 3 from the top of the key to make it 94-67.
Spurs biggest Finals loss: 31 (102-71) to Detroit in G4 in 2005. Spurs won series in 7. #nbafinals— Art Garcia (@ArtGarcia92) 3 years ago
Splitter cut to the basket and went for a monster one-handed dunk but LeBron leaped up and swatted it away. Amazing block right there. He then stood there and posed for a few seconds before getting back on defense. Then Miami forced a turnover and that led to a wide open dunk by LeBron. Crowd is going nuts. Wow.
Spurs have been outscored 21-3 since four-minute mark of 3Q.— Jeff McDonald (@JMcDonald_SAEN) 3 years ago
This turned into a rout fast. The lead is now 19 and the Spurs haven't scored in the 4th quarter. LeBron has 4 in the 4th, Miller has a 3 and Chalmers has a 2 in the paint. 84-65 Miami.
Tony Parker airballs a long 2 and that leads to a jumper from LeBron. Heat have all the momentum. Mike Miller just nailed a 3 from the corner to make it 80-65 Miami.
Who would've of thought TD 3-14 LJ 3-13. Role players giving Superstars a HUGE LIFT. 4th quarter will be there time to shine!— Bruce Bowen (@Bowen12) 4 years ago
After another Spurs turnover, Chalmers drove into the paint, got hit by Leonard and made the runner. Foul was called. He made the free throw.
Ginobili missed a 3 and that's the end of the third quarter. LeBron isn't doing much offensively but the Heat are still up by 10.
LeBron gets the ball in the paint, finds Mike Miller open beyond the arc and he nails a 3. 72-65 Miami with 27.9 seconds left.
Heat get out in transition after another Spurs turnover and Ray Allen is found wide open on the left wing and he buries a 3. Timmy misses on the other end, leading to LeBron making a tough layup off a pick-and-roll to make it 69-62 Miami.
Trust me - this LeBron performance is just as weird in person.— Bill Simmons (@BillSimmons) 4 years ago
Danny Green has decided to be the best shooter alive and LeBron is in the midst of his worst shooting game of the year. Somehow, Heat lead.— Couper Moorhead (@CoupNBA) 3 years ago
Danny Green, 17. LeBron James, 6.— Dan McCarney (@danmccarneysaen) 2 years ago
LeBron got blocked on a put-back down low and thought he got fouled. Green just got a piece of it. That led to Danny Green's short 2.
But then Chalmers used a screen from LeBron and made a driving layup plus the foul on Green. He now has 3 fouls and Chalmers made the free throw.
64-62 Heat. Spurs call timeout.
Chris Bosh posted up and nailed a floater off the glass. Amazing shot. But Ginobili responded with a drive and an amazing pass to Duncan down low for the vicious one-handed dunk.
LeBron missed a long jumper from the right wing. Danny Green gave him a lot of open space to work with in front of him. But Haslem go the ball back and made a jumper from the baseline. Game tied at 58. Spurs turn it over on the other end. LeBron is 2-for-11 from the field.
Splitter posts up down low and finds a cutting Leonard, who gets fouled by Wade, alters his shot and somehow gets it to roll in. He missed the free throw though. Then LeBron was called for an illegal screen on Tony Parker. Looked like a terrible call.
Wade got Timmy in the air and drew a foul on a shot, but he missed both free throws.