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San Antonio Spurs Beat Miami Heat 110-95 in Game 1
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San Antonio Spurs Beat Miami Heat 110-95 in Game 1

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The San Antonio Spurs beat the Miami Heat, 110-95, in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on June 5.

The San Antonio Spurs beat the Miami Heat, 110-95, in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on June 5.  Spurs swingman Danny Green provided the spark for San Antonio in the fourth quarter as he scored 11 of his...

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San Antonio Spurs Beat Miami Heat 110-95 in Game 1

Jun 6 2014, 4:21am CDT | by

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The San Antonio Spurs beat the Miami Heat, 110-95, in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on June 5.

The San Antonio Spurs beat the Miami Heat, 110-95, in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on June 5. 

Spurs swingman Danny Green provided the spark for San Antonio in the fourth quarter as he scored 11 of his 13 points during that frame, per The Sports Xchange (via KSAT.com): 

"Danny Green has one great skill, and fortunately for the San Antonio Spurs, he revealed it at the right time Thursday. 

"Green, an adept three-point shooter, made three long-distance shots in the fourth quarter, and the Spurs defeated the Miami Heat 110-95 Thursday in the first game of the NBA Finals. 

"The 26-year-old guard scored 11 of his 13 points in the final quarter. 

"Last year, Green set an NBA Finals record with 27 three-pointers in San Antonio's seven-game loss to Miami.

"'That's what he does,' Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. 'If he's not going to do that, then we might as well play somebody else. That's the honest to God's truth.'

"The Spurs finished with a 31-9 run. They hit 14 of 16 shots in the fourth quarter, including all six three-point attempts.

"The game was played under horrible conditions. The air conditioning at AT&T Center malfunctioned because of an electrical failure, and temperatures on the court reached above 90 degrees.

"Miami forward LeBron James clearly struggled with the heat. He scored a game-high 25 points but was forced to leave the game a few times because of cramps, a condition he endured in the past.

"When James departed with 7:31 remaining, the Heat led by two points. He returned briefly but then left for good.

"'I was going to try to give it a go, and (coach Erik Spoelstra) said no,' James said to a pool reporter following the game. 'It sucks at this point in time in the season...It was frustrating sitting out...

"My muscles spasmed 10 out of 10. The best thing for me to do was not move.'

"James was receiving treatment after the game and did not speak to the media.

"'We're used to having the hotter arena at this time of year,' Spoelstra said. 'But both teams had to deal with it.'" 

The Heat got off to a fast start after forward Chris Bosh and James joined forces in a 7-2 spurt to open up the scoring. San Antonio's Many Ginobili made two three-pointers on consecutive possesions at the 5:20 mark of the first quarter to give the Spjurs a five-point lead at 18-13. 

James then made one of two free throws to inch the Heat closer at 21-20. However, San Antonio would go on a 5-0 run behind a Tiago Splitter layup and a Patty Mills triple to give the Spurs their biggest lead of the game at that point. 

However, the Heat, the defending two-time champions, wouldn't fold easily. 

Thirty-eight-year-old guard Ray Allen came off the bench to score 10 points -- including nine on three three-pointers -- in the second quarter. His last of the period brought Miami to within 42-41. From there on out, the lead would fluctuate between one and five points. The Heat did not score in the last 2:31 of the period. Their last bucket was when Bosh scored off a Norris Cole assist. Duncan would score three points during Miami's dry spell to give his team a 54-49 lead at halftime. 

The Spurs threatened to pull away as they established a nine-point lead in the first minute of the second half. Kawhi Leonard made a layup while Green made two free throws. Miami countered with its own 8-0 run -- a Dwyane Wade three-pointer, a Rashard Lewis jumper and another Wade three-pointer to trim the deficit to just one, forcing Popovich to call timeout. 

James reclaims the lead for the Heat, 62-60, with his own triple at the 7:22 mark of the third period. Allen converted on a driving layup to tie the game at 69-all. He and James would score their team's next six points to give them a 75-69 lead with 1:23 remaining in the quarter. James' triple with eight seconds left was countered by Splitter's bucket off a pass from Tony Parker, who finished with eight assists. The Heat would lead, 78-74, after three. 

Miami would continue to hold off San Antonio in the first three minutes of the fourth quarter. Chris Bosh scored six points during that frame to give his team a seven-point lead at 86-79. When James left two minutes later due to cramping, the Heat had a two-point lead. 

This was precisely when Green would take over. 

After he checked in for Kawhi Leonard, he made two consecutive threes. Heat forward/center Chris Andersen would then trade baskets with Duncan before Green would make a dunk after Dwyane Wade missed on the other end.

Spoelstra called for time after the Spurs' surge. James then checked in for Andersen, making a driving layup to keep the Heat within striking distance at 94-92. Green still waxed hot -- he made his third three-pointer of the period in San Antonio's next possession for a five-point lead, 97-92.

Miami guard Mario Chalmers' three at the 2:46 mark would be the last points the Heat would score -- the Spurs uncorked a lethal, game-ending 11-0 run highlighted by Leonard and Tony Parker. Leonard made two triples while Parker made a three of his own plus an 18-footer to seal the deal. 

At game's end, Duncan told MySanAntonio.com's Dan McCarney that Green was the key in breaking the game wide open for the Spurs. 

"The way he shoots the ball, I assume every time he shoots it it's going in. So we want him to get as many shots as possible. He's a confident, capable shooter. So he hits two and then we call a play for him, he hits another one and that really opens up the game for us." 

Game 2 will be on Sunday, June 8 at San Antonio's AT&T Center with an 8:00 p.m. EST tip-off

 
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Manu Ginobili will not play for Argentina at FIBA World Cup

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Gregg Popovich Had Hip Replacement Surgery

Jul 30 2014 9:35am CDT | Source: slamonline

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Report: LeBron, Cavs Will Play At Heat On Christmas

Jul 29 2014 6:00pm CDT | Source: dime mag

The Cleveland Cavaliers are quickly becoming the league’s marquee team. Already poised to play in opening night’s headliner against the defending champion San Antonio Spurs, the Cavs will reportedly celebrate Christmas by facing the Miami Heat in LeBron James’ first return to the place he once called home. The news is courtesy of the Miami […] The post Report: LeBron, Cavs Will Play At Heat On Christmas appeared first on Dime Magazine (dimemag.com) : Daily NBA News, NBA ...
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4 days ago

Patriots QB Tom Brady wants team to perform like San Antonio Spurs

Jul 28 2014 10:06pm CDT | Source: Fantasy Football Toolbox

Pat Kirwan met with a few Patriots players post-practice and they had a few interesting things to say. The most interesting comment was from veteran Tom Brady in which he said he wants the team to perform like the NBA champion San Antonio Spurs. Brady simply wants everyone to perform and deliver when it's their turn. Monday's practice exuded a quiet confidence among the players said Kirwan. He also notes that the passing game appears to be improved with the addition of Brandon ...
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Jul 28 2014 10:52am CDT | Source: SBNation

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Dwyane Wade agrees to contract with Heat, according to report

Jul 15 2014 1:16pm CDT | Source: SBNation

After initially opting out of two years and $41 million, Wade will return to the Heat. Dwyane Wade will return to the Miami Heat after finalizing an agreement to stay in South Beach, according to multiple reports. The Heat moved quickly to re-sign Wade, along with Chris Bosh, following LeBron James' decision to sign with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Wade returns after opting out of the remaining two years and $41 million on his contract, a surprise given his massive st ...
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2 weeks ago

Pau Gasol Makes Poor Decision Choosing Chicago Bulls Over San Antonio Spurs

Jul 13 2014 4:09pm CDT | Source: Rant Sports

On Friday, various reports came out that stated free agent Pau Gasol had narrowed his options down to two teams, the San Antonio Spurs and the Chicago Bulls. Deep into Friday night, the Bulls pulled away, as Gasol chose to join the Bulls over the defending champions. This is ...
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Andrew Wiggins Did a 360-Degree, Behind-the-Back Dunk in Warmups for the Cavs

Jul 13 2014 3:52pm CDT | Source: The Big Lead

Andrew Wiggins pulled off a 360-degree, behind-the-back dunk in warmups today for the Cavs ahead of their Summer League game against the San Antonio Spurs. The Cleveland layup line, with LeBron and Wiggins, is going to be must-see all season. Also, the Cavs are listening to me and say they’re not trading Andrew Wiggins in any deal for Kevin Love. They can probably still get Love, because eventually, Minnesota isn’t going to want to lose him for nothing. Lastly, you probably spent yo ...
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Pau Gasol Working Toward Agreement With Bulls

Jul 12 2014 1:23am CDT | Source: RealGM Basketball Wiretap

Pau Gasol and the Chicago Bulls are working toward completing an agreement. Gasol had narrowed his choices to the Bulls and San Antonio Spurs. If Gasol agrees to a deal with the Bulls, they would essentially be taken out of consideration for Carmelo Anthony. Carlos Boozer is expected to be traded to the Los Angele ...
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3 weeks ago

Bulls Hope To Acquire Gasol In Sign-And-Trade For Boozer

Jul 9 2014 10:13pm CDT | Source: RealGM Basketball Wiretap

Sources indicate that the Chicago Bulls hope to pursue a sign-and-trade with the Los Angeles Lakers involving Pau Gasol and the expiring contract of Carlos Boozer. The window to use the amnesty provision on Boozer officially started on Wednesday night. By trading him in a potential deal for Gasol, the Bulls would keep their exceptions to target players such as possibly Nikola Mirotic, Trevor Ariza, Shawn Marion, Kirk Hinrich and Ramon Sessions. Gasol is reportedly ...
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