Editor’s note: This post is a part of a seven piece series that will document and look back at the historic 2013 NBA Finals between the San Antonio Spurs and Miami Heat.
Every great NBA Finals begins with a memorable Game 1.
And in Game 1 of last year’s NBA Finals, the San Antonio Spurs were happy to be a little more lucky than they were good as they took first blood against the Miami Heat.
Tim Duncan finished with 20 points and 14 rebounds, but it was Tony Parker’s late-game bank shot (off a broken play) with five seconds left that ultimately put the Spurs ahead for good. Parker finished with 21 points (10 of them in the fourth quarter) as the Spurs took a 1-0 lead in the 2013 NBA Finals after a 92-88 Game 1 win over the Heat.
The Spurs limited the Heat to just 16 fourth quarter points, and only seven through the first 8 1/2 minutes. LeBron James recorded a triple-double as he tallied 18 points, 18 rebounds and 10 assists — even though he struggled from the field, only shooting 7-of-16 from the floor.
Dwyane Wade scored 17, none in the fourth quarter; Chris Bosh scored 13 points, only two of which came in the fourth quarter.
In Game 1, when it mattered most, the Spurs defense crippled the Miami Heat. Gregg Popovich and the Spurs made the moves when they needed to be made; it was Eric Spoelstra’s turn in Game 2.