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James' triple-double not enough as Spurs win Finals opener
Miami's Dwyane Wade weaves between San Antonio's Tim Duncan. left, and Matt Bonner of Concord, N.H., during the second quarter of Thursday's Game 1 of the NBA Finals. (Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports)
Game 2 in the best-of-seven series is Sunday night in Miami.
The key was a bank shot by Tony Parker with 5.2 seconds left. Before he released the shot, Parker fell to the ground and got rid of the ball a split-second before the shot clock expired.
The veteran Spurs, who had not played since sweeping the Memphis Grizzlies on May 27, were also led by Tim Duncan, who had 20 points and 14 rebounds.
Miami’s LeBron James had a triple-double: 18 points, 18 rebounds and 10 assists.
Wade, who was slumping earlier in the playoffs, had 17 points in his second straight strong performance. He also had 21 points in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals against Indiana.
The Spurs, who had trailed at the end of every period and had a deficit as large as nine points, took a 81-78 lead with 5:59 left in the game.
The teams played to a 20-20 standstill in the third quarter, leaving the Heat up 72-69. Spurs guard Manu Ginobili, who had just six points in the first half, led all scorers in the third with seven points.
The Heat led 52-49 at the half after holding a 24-23 lead following the first quarter.
The big story early was that Duncan was charged with two fouls and went to the bench with 1:43 left in the first quarter. He questioned the first call -- a block on Wade -- but he seemed to have no issue with the second one, a hack on James.
When he returned, Duncan made an immediate impact, scoring eight points, blocking one shot and grabbing one offensive rebound in his first two minutes back.
Duncan had 12 points at intermission.