Spurs Rally, Stun Heat in Game 1

San Antonio surges ahead in 4th quarter to win 92-88

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Jun 7, 2013 1:33 AM CDT

(Newser) – The San Antonio Spurs still have that winning NBA Finals formula of good defense and a little luck on offense. Tim Duncan overcame a slow start to finish with 20 points and 14 rebounds, Tony Parker banked in a desperation jumper on a broken play with 5.2 seconds left, and the Spurs withstood LeBron James' triple-double to beat the Miami Heat 92-88 on Thursday night in a thrilling Game 1. Parker ended up with 21 points after referees reviewed his shot to make sure it just beat the shot clock, giving San Antonio a four-point edge in the game that was close the whole way.

"We got a little bit lucky," Parker said. "Sometimes that's what it takes to win games." Playing for the championship for the first time since sweeping James' Cleveland Cavaliers in 2007 for their fourth title, the Spurs improved to 5-for-5 in Game 1s, hanging around for three quarters and then blowing by the defending champions midway through the fourth. Manu Ginobili, the third member of San Antonio's Big Three that has combined for 99 postseason victories together, finished with 13 points, and Danny Green had 12. "It doesn't matter how we're categorized—old, veterans, whatever you call us, we're in the mix," the 37-year-old Duncan said.

Miami Heat small forward LeBron James and Miami Heat shooting guard Dwyane Wade react in the closing moments of the second half.
Miami Heat small forward LeBron James and Miami Heat shooting guard Dwyane Wade react in the closing moments of the second half.   (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
San Antonio Spurs point guard Tony Parker (9) passes the ball against Miami Heat point guard Norris Cole (30) and power forward Chris Andersen (11) during the first half.
San Antonio Spurs point guard Tony Parker (9) passes the ball against Miami Heat point guard Norris Cole (30) and power forward Chris Andersen (11) during the first half.   (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
San Antonio Spurs point guard Gary Neal (14) speaks with San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich during the first half.
San Antonio Spurs point guard Gary Neal (14) speaks with San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich during the first half.   (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
Miami Heat shooting guard Dwyane Wade (3) looks to pass under pressure from San Antonio Spurs power forward Tim Duncan (21) during the first half.
Miami Heat shooting guard Dwyane Wade (3) looks to pass under pressure from San Antonio Spurs power forward Tim Duncan (21) during the first half.   (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
Miami Heat shooting guard Ray Allen (34) is fouled by San Antonio Spurs power forward Tim Duncan (21) during the second half.
Miami Heat shooting guard Ray Allen (34) is fouled by San Antonio Spurs power forward Tim Duncan (21) during the second half.   (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
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