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Friday, June 7th, 2013 at 10:10 am  |  66 responses

Tony Parker and the Spurs Stun Miami in Game 1 of the NBA Finals


by Marcel Mutoni @ marcel_mutoni

Having grabbed the lead late in the opener of the championship round, for a moment, it looked as though things would unravel for the San Antonio Spurs. Tony Parker appeared trap, down on one knee with the shot clock racing to zero and LeBron James lunging for the ball.

Parker somehow escaped the trap and banked in an unbelievable shot to steal Game 1 of the NBA Finals against the defending champion Miami Heat.

Per Yahoo! Sports:

“How the hell is anything good going to happen from this?” Spurs general manager R.C. Buford remembered thinking to himself within an hour of the Spurs’ 92-88 victory here in the opener of the NBA Finals. As a kid in France, Parker had been mesmerized with the Harlem Globetrotters. “I loved Curly Neal,” he said. For a moment with Game 1 of the NBA Finals on the line, Parker became him.

[...] Out of room, out of time, this was the Heat’s chance to get back the ball for a final shot at redemption. Only, with barely air between the bounce and the floor, Parker never lost his dribble. James had Parker – 7 inches shorter – trapped, and it felt like that shot clock should’ve run out. “The longest 24 seconds that I’ve ever been a part of,” James said. Back on his feet, Parker still had nowhere to go and Tim Duncan was praying that somehow, someway his point guard could get a shot over James and reach the rim. “I was trying to work [Chris] Bosh up the lane a little bit, so I could get back to the board,” Duncan said. As Parker climbed to his feet and finally picked up his dribble, James held his arms straight in the air. Parker couldn’t see the rim. There was no time to pass the ball and James was smothering him. (LeBron) James called his defense “a great contest,” until something surprised him. “He went under my arm,” James said.

It was a miraculous shot, the kind that will be replayed endlessly for years to come. But make no mistake: these old, proud San Antonio spurs earned their Game 1 victory.

With their normally-reliable outside shooting having deserted them for a night (San Antonio shot just 7/23 from three-point land), the Spurs limited turnovers, pounded the Heat inside with Tim Duncan, all of which allowed Tony Parker to put the finishing touch on things.

The Miami Heat now have to respond in a must-win Game 2 on Sunday; they need to find answers for Tony Parker.

LeBron James, whose triple-double went to waste, put it best in his postgame comments:

“The Spurs are the Spurs.”

Indeed.

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  • Stepfan Raiford

    D-wade finished with 13 first half points and finished with 17 pts. Just don’t see the Heat winning this series with him having mediocre games.

  • TR

    At a certain point in the 4th I thought the Spurs were making the Heat rush on offense and that hurt them. For most of the game the faster tempo seemed to work for the Heat, but not in the 4th.

  • lights out

    “stun” makes it sound like they just shocked the world. all the spurs did, for the most part, was play like the spurs.

  • RayJr

    So I guess Pop cooked Parker breakfast this morning…”Tony breakfast is ready!”

  • The Mauve Avenger

    Kawhi Leonard is the key.

  • K_HOLIDAY

    Agreed

  • LeroyShonuff

    Somehow Bosh will be blamed yet Wade will somehow escape blame. He left Green open consistently and was out-hustled by Green often. But some how Bosh who was knocking down jumpers all game will get blamed. And Manu nearly lost that game and should be fined for that horrendous flop

  • K_HOLIDAY

    If D-Wade doesnt find the little monster that stole his powers, the Heat are done. Lebron and the replacement killers arent enough to beat a healthy San Antonio.

  • rocky road

    looked like lebron may have been a bit tired from last series still…spurs still looked totally beatable though, gonna be a long series…heat in 6 or 7

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    the Heat played right into the Spurs and Gregg Popovich’s hands.

  • Stepfan Raiford

    Popovich was basically saying Bosh is not a factor. If he hits those 3′s then so be it.

  • bike

    All the Spurs did was hang around, hand around and then watch the Heat put a noose around their own neck.

    This will be an epic series with all games being close. Spurs will see to it the game stays tight and bank on the Heat beating themselves. Which may or may not happen.

  • Max

    Shouldn’t have jumped Lebron!
    What a sweet game 1, I hope all 7 games will be like this.

  • Sergio

    I’m ready to say that Tony Parker is the best PG in the League.

  • robb

    that’s right

  • D dot Sanchez

    tony parker… wow, hit a straight dagger.

  • Mars

    TP is gangster as advertised

  • LakeShow

    Well currently playing, of course he is…
    But get ready to take that back when CP3 is back on the court.

  • French

    he needs to find the HGH monster like he did in game 7 against the pacers

  • The Fury

    If he really said that then he’s messing Bosh’s head big-time.

  • i_ball

    What a great game it was. The Spurs just out-executed the Heat. I don’t think SA will manage to take such good care of the ball in many games but on the other Miami won’t probably have +8 rebounds. I’m so looking forward to basically not sleeping for the next week or two.
    Now – adjustment time. I bet pop has a trick or two in his sleeve.

  • LakeShow

    Did the Spurs really only have 4 TO’s??

  • Stepfan Raiford

    He was wide open for a reason.

  • LeroyShonuff

    I think Tony has been better than CP3 for atleast the past 2 seasons definite and 3 maybe. I can’t see CP3 winning that game last night.

  • LakeShow

    Just because you can’t see it doesn’t mean it wouldn’t have happened.
    CP3 is arguably the most clutch player in the L.
    He also is one of the best defenders at the PG position while having a good debate at being the best offensive player too.
    He is slightly better overall than TP.
    TP is a beast and probably the 2nd or 3rd best PG in the L.

  • bike

    Yup. And Parker had ZERO. Zero. Freakin. Turnovers.

  • The Seed

    Spurs in 5, stated this a long time ago after they got rid of the tough Grizzles. BOOK IT!!

  • D dot Sanchez

    what an ending to this game.

  • AQWORD

    tru dat

  • Jerome

    I like how Tony wove through the Heatles and then ended up torching LeBron for the dagger. Spurs are better at every spot, besides SF, of course. Spurs will win this series.

  • LakeShow

    Wow, 2k’s new slogan for the LeBron cover: The Reign Begins….

    Go Spurs…

  • The Fury

    Wow that’s one statistic I overlooked in this game. Talk about controlled basketball.

  • The Fury

    lol yeah, and nobody dared to rush to block the shot. Maybe Pop is yelling “Stay in your positions!!!”

  • LakeShow

    Amazing….

  • The Philosopher

    Spoelstra is on the spot.
    Popovich made the proper adjustments.

  • JPlattim1933

    At a certain point in the 4th I
    thought the Spurs were making the Heat rush on offense and that hurt
    them. For most of the game the faster tempo seemed to work for the Heat,
    but not in the 4th.­ ­http://mybestfriendmakes65dollarsper&#46qr&#46net/kkEj

  • Tuomas Uotila

    I’m sorry, but it seems like most people think the Spurs desperately needed that shot. Nope. Even with an airball or shot clock expiring, they probably win. Just needed to be said, because folks are surprised with no merit.

  • Sergio

    Ok, maybe CP3 is better. But I think we should judge him a little harder. How come the best pg in the NBA has never even been to the conference finals in 8 years of his career? And its not like he has played with a bunch of scrubs: hes had pretty good rosters in NO and LA.

  • pposse

    honestly, how can you say the Spurs would be a better team with CP3? Especially after what TP just did??

  • pposse

    also CP defense is overrated; he plays individual defense and has never really played team defense. He reaches for steals all the time, and doesnt move the pg to one side of the court

  • pposse

    plus the last two years he lost 4 in a row in the playoffs! thats just not acceptable if your the best pg in the league

  • The Fury

    Makes a lot of good points here.

  • Bandwagonfan

    He also didnt box out kawhi leonard several times when lebron guarding other players.make it seemedlike birdman and bosh slacking on the rebound

  • Bandwagonfan

    There is no one who could guard tony parker. Even in the end, lebrn is the one whos guarding him.if they can slow down tony, just like how the spurs focuses to help on lebron penetration, things might work out for the heat.but u cant leave ginobili wide open. While dwade now seems cant score from distance. Hes now only able to score in the paint and from the line

  • skeetskeet

    Wade escapes a lot of blame, for some reason

  • skeetskeet

    Bet u wouldn’t put money on it

  • Melvin flynt

    i cant see LBJ losing another finals not A chance, buckle up y’all its gonna be long 2 weeks!

  • Melvin flynt

    BOSH NEEDS TO BANG DOWN LOW GET IN THE PAINT!!– STOP PLAYING LIKE A DAMM GUARD!

  • Sajjatam Tp Kulsomboon

    Exactly. The shot did seal the win and anything could have happened in the next 5.2 (right?) seconds left, but a lot of people are talking as if Parker had missed the shot LeBron would have went coast to coast for the win because apparently the Spurs would have been too morally crushed from a broken play to play defense.

    Come on.

  • Sajjatam Tp Kulsomboon

    Shouldn’t have jumped is something someone needs to tell Chris Bosh. I mean Tim Duncan is a hell of a player, but every. damn. pumpfake.

  • Sajjatam Tp Kulsomboon

    Technically the slogan is for 2K14….so maybe The Reign Begins next year?

  • Sajjatam Tp Kulsomboon

    I bet you really wouldn’t bet The Seed wouldn’t bet on it.

    I really don’t give a crap, but the amount of bets involved just amazes me.

  • Max

    Haha yeah, I caught that too, I didn’t know Bosh did that so much.

  • RedRum

    Well it is not his decision, it is the system they run leaving the paint free for Wade and LBJ to penetrate and kick. Problem is, Wade is broken and Leonard is actually doing a brilliant job directing Lebron to the big bodies.

  • Melvin flynt

    Adjustments.. got to made he has to contest duncan dw low heat gotta tweak the system!
    ———-
    Sent via Rogers MobileMail

  • Melvin flynt

    bosh gotta pick roll set screens

  • The Philosopher

    You know, my brethren, I was wrong about San Antonio.
    If Russell Westbrook doesn’t get injured, who knows…
    But I must pay homage to the Spurs. They have truly been a franchise for the ages.
    And, shall the series be long and full of drama and due hyperbole.

  • The Philosopher

    Leave a message…

  • The Philosopher

    Ha! My bad…
    “Smart phones”…

  • Max

    The rosters he had in NO were always inferior to the opponents.

  • i_ball

    I haven’t seen a player win a championship by himself, or lose one for that matter

  • skeetskeet

    I didn’t ask you, son

  • The Seed

    OKC, would be in the NBA Finals if Westbrook does not get hurt.
    Spurs
    are in and Pacers actually would have a better chance of beating the
    Spurs. Lebron cannot shoot and that will be his downfall, he should have
    pullup for jumpshots all throughout that game. Spurs In 5.

  • Matisse

    Miami I THINK had a time out if I am not mistaken. Which would put them in a position to win if they had managed to cause a miss and they almost did, Parker just made a hell of a bucket with a compassionate bounce. But I get what you are saying.

  • Matisse

    “This was just the fifth time this season that LeBron took at least five jumpers and only made one of them.” @coupnba Via twitter.com.

    But keep spouting your nonsense sheed.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    If they win a fifth chip, Spurs are officially the best team since Jordan’s Bulls, and Duncan is officially the best player since Money himself.

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