Well, we finally have an NBA Finals “cramp game.”
Game 1 of the NBA Finals, a San Antonio Spurs 110-95 win over the Miami Heat, wasn’t pretty, it was extremely hot and it was embarrassing — at least late. The first 40 minutes, though, was highlighted by textbook defense, excellent offense and even bigger finishes. It was what we all expected.
Then the last eight minutes happened. It all started early in the game when the A/C was malfunctioned early in the first quarter (according to NBA executive Rod Thorn) at the AT&T Center in San Antonio.
Nevertheless, both teams were forced to play under those circumstances. No excuses (I guess).
However, LeBron James asked out of the game at about the 8-minute mark, and left the game for good at about the 4-minute mark.
It’s easy to blame the Game 1 outcome on the heat, however, the Spurs simply caught fire on the offensive end in the fourth quarter, also. San Antonio outscored Miami 36-17 in the final frame, and shot a scorching 85 percent in final 8 minutes of the fourth quarter.
When shots needed to be made, the Spurs made them. The Heat, without LeBron, could not.
Tim Duncan finished with 21 points and 10 rebounds, Tony Parker added 19 points and eight assists and Manu Ginobili had 16 points and 11 assists.
In the loss, James finished with 25 points, six rebounds and three assists. Dwyane Wade had 19 points and Chris Bosh added 18 points and nine rebounds.
Spurs lead 1-0, and Game 2 can’t come soon enough.