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2014 NBA Finals: Spurs Take Game One 110-95

NBA Finals Game One: Miami Heat 95 – San Antonio Spurs 110
When things heated up in San Antonio on Thursday night, it was the Spurs that were able to have a monster fourth quarter and pull out a 110-95 win to take Game One of the NBA Finals.
Despite having a four-point lead heading into the final period, Miami was unable to handle a ferocious comeback for San Antonio as the Spurs outscored the heat in the final quarter, 36-17. However, that wasn’t the only major storyline to take place. Instead, it was an air-conditioning failure in the first that made for sweltering temperatures at the AT&T Center. The increased temperatures led to LeBron James cramping up and leaving the game. It was at that point that the Spurs started their run.
Tim Duncan led the way with 21 points and 10 rebounds on the evening. Manu Ginobili came off the bench with 16 points and dished out 11 assists. And Tony Parker, whose status was questionable leading up to the game, finished with 19 points and 6 assists of his own. Danny Green, who has been haunted with a disappointing end to the Finals last year, finished with 13 points, including a 3-pointer that started a 16-3 run at the end of the game.
As for the Big Three for the Heat, James finished with 25 points and 6 rebounds in just 33 minutes of play. Dwyane Wade had 19 points and Chris Bosh had 18. Ray Allen came off the bench for Miami and added 16, including three 3-pointers.
Despite the loss, there were a few key highlights for the Heat on Thursday. LeBron James joined Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant as the only players in NBA playoff history to score 4,000 points and get 1,000 assists. Ray Allen also moved his way up the history books, moving past Bryant and Derek Fisher on the NBA Finals 3-point list. Now sitting at 49 3’s, Allen is just seven behind Robert Horry, who finished his career with 56.
San Antonio has now won eight playoff games at home by a margin of more than 15 points. Their win on Thursday also moved the Spurs to 6-for-6 in NBA Final Game One’s.
The Spurs were red hot in the final quarter of play. They shot 14-16 from the field, and 6-6 from beyond the arc. The Heat, on the other hand, were just 7-16 shooting and 2-5 from deep. The Spurs also racked up 12 assists, while the Heat had just 3.
The players will now get two days to rest before Game Two on Sunday. It’s likely that their won’t be the same type of air conditioning issues that there was on Thursday, which we’ll have to see how that effects LeBron James and company. Before tipoff, you can check with sportspicks.com for insight into the game. The way things stand right now, the Spurs are 5/6 favorites to close out the series and win the NBA Championship. The Heat sit at 1/1 to mount a comeback and win their third straight.
Despite the loss, there were a few key highlights for the Heat on Thursday. LeBron James joined Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant as the only players in NBA playoff history to score 4,000 points and get 1,000 assists. Ray Allen also moved his way up the history books, moving past Bryant and Derek Fisher on the NBA Finals 3-point list. Now sitting at 49 3’s, Allen is just seven behind Robert Horry, who finished his career with 56.