The San Antonio Spurs rallied in the fourth quarter, using a 31-9 run to defeat the Miami Heat 110-95 and take a 1-0 series lead in the 2014 NBA Finals.
Tim Duncan led the Spurs with 21 points, 10 rebounds and three assists while Tony Parker had 19 points and eight assists, Manu Ginobili had 16 points, 11 assists and five rebounds and Tiago Splitter added 14 points. Danny Green, who did not make a field goal in the first three quarters, finished with 13 points.
The story of the game became the air conditioner in the AT&T Center that went out and caused the temperature on the court to raise to over 90 degrees. The heat obviously took a toll on LeBron James in the fourth quarter. He couldn’t get up down the court and was forced to the bench in the final minutes when the Spurs took over. James finished with 25 points on nine-of-17 shooting to go with six rebounds and three assists.
Chris Bosh added 18 points and nine rebounds, Dwyane Wade scored 19 and Ray Allen chipped in 16.
The Heat got out to an early 7-2 advantage, but it was all Spurs in the opening quarter after that, ending the quarter on a 24-13 run. The Heat used an 18-10 run to regain the lead, but the Spurs closed the half strong and had a 54-49 lead at the half. The Spurs pushed the lead to nine early in the third quarter, but the Heat quickly seized control, mostly in thanks to nine turnovers from the Spurs in the period. The Heat took a four-point lead into the final quarter. The Heat pushed the lead to 86-80 with just over eight minutes to play, but the Spurs responded with a 15-4 run to regain the lead. They then used three-pointers from Green, Kawhi Leonard and Parker to put the game away. In total, the Spurs ended the game on a 31-9 run and shot 14-of-16 from the field, including six-of-six from beyond the arc.
Game 2 from the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas will be Sunday night at 8:00 pm EST. The game is on ABC.