The San Antonio Spurs, armed with nine days of rest, came into Miami confident and ready to play Spurs basketball. The Spurs not only walked out of American Airlines Arena with a 92-88 victory as well as home court advantage.
The final minutes of the fourth quarter proved even more exhilarating then the first three plus quarters, which were pretty exciting. Tony Parker scored 10 of his 21 points in the fourth and found himself shooting a miraculous jumper with 5.2 seconds left.
“It was a crazy play,” Parker said. “I thought I lost the ball three or four times. And it didn’t work out like I wanted it to. At the end I was just trying to get a shot up. It felt good when it left my hand. I was happy it went in.
For the Miami Heat, losing game one is not the end all for the series. While it is true that teams that have won Game 1 of The Finals are 47-19 in those series. Miami did beat the in last seasons finals, dropping Game 1 in Oklahoma City, but winning out the series in five games.
“We had some mental mistakes,” James said. “We played some really good basketball but in the fourth quarter we made some mistakes and this is one of the only teams you can’t have mistakes against.”
Game two is scheduled for Sunday night at American Airlines Arena, 8 p.m. Eastern.