Mia 20 29 29 17 95
San 26 28 20 36 110
Date of game: 6/5/2014

Recap: San Antonio vs. Miami

San Antonio, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - With the air conditioning system at AT&T Center malfunctioning, LeBron James struggled to deal with the extreme heat down the stretch of Thursday's Game 1 of the NBA Finals.

Danny Green, on the other hand, only got hotter.

The San Antonio sharp-shooter drilled three 3-pointers in the final 6:07 as part of a 31-9 game-closing run that propelled the San Antonio Spurs to a 110-95 victory over the two-time defending champion Miami Heat.

In a rematch of the 2013 Finals, Miami seemed well on its way to stealing Game 1 after Chris Bosh converted a four-point play to give the Heat an 86-79 advantage with just over 9 1/2 minutes remaining.

Tim Duncan capped a 5-0 San Antonio spurt with a layup just over two minutes later and James hobbled toward the Miami bench, prompting the Heat to use a timeout.

With James sidelined, Dwyane Wade drilled a jumper to slow the surge, but Green, who had gone 0-for-5 from the floor over the first three frames, knocked down back-to-back 3-pointers to give the Spurs a 90-88 edge.

Chris Andersen answered with a layup at the other end before Duncan finished a layup and Green followed with a one-handed, fastbreak dunk to force another Miami timeout.

James returned to the contest and blew by his defender on the right wing before getting a layup to fall, but the two-time Finals MVP remained on the baseline clutching at his left thigh in obvious pain.

Ray Allen then took a foul to stop the clock, and James staggered to the scorer's table before being carried to the bench by an assistant coach and a teammate.

"It was an unusual environment," Miami head coach Erik Spoelstra said of the heat. "It felt like a punch in the gut when you see your leader limping like that back to the bench."

When play resumed, Green continued his torrid shooting display, pouring in another triple before Boris Diaw followed a Wade miss with a layup to push San Antonio's lead to 99-92 with 3:24 to play.

Mario Chalmers buried a 3-pointer -- his only points of the game -- on Miami's next possession to make it a four-point game, but Miami failed to score the rest of the way as Kawhi Leonard and Tony Parker combined for the game's final 11 points to secure the victory.

Duncan finished with 21 points and 10 rebounds, Parker poured in 19 points and handed out eight assists, and Manu Ginobili totaled 16 points and 11 assists for the Spurs, who shot a scorching 14-of-16 from the floor in the fourth, including a perfect 6-of-6 mark from long distance.

"Danny Green got hot, we found something that worked offensively and we took care of the ball finally," Duncan said of the Spurs' strong fourth quarter.

James, who's been hampered by cramps in the past, paced the Heat with 25 points and six assists, while Wade and Bosh supplied 19 and 18 points, respectively, in the setback.

"We have to finish the game better, no matter who is on the floor," Wade said, referring to the absence of James, who received an IV following the game.

James and the Heat will have two days to recover before they're back on the floor for Game 2 on Sunday.

"In live sporting events sometimes things transpire that you don't expect," NBA president of basketball operations Rob Thorn said of the air conditioning failing. "We do not foresee any problems at all come Sunday. We think it will be fixed come Sunday and we'll be able to play under normal conditions."

Ginobili provided the Spurs with a spark off the bench in the opening frame, draining 3-of-4 attempts from 3-point range and adding a trio of assists as the Spurs took a 26-20 lead after 12 minutes.

San Antonio's bench outscored Miami's reserves 12-0 in the opening frame, but Allen knocked down his first three 3-point attempts in the second quarter to help Miami cut into the margin.

Allen's third trey of the stanza sliced Miami's deficit to 42-41 with 5:05 left before halftime, but the Spurs continued to get production from their bench, as reserve Marco Belinelli answered with a triple of his own.

After Parker added a free throw to push the spread to five, James, who spent the first five minutes of the second quarter on the bench, reeled off the next six Miami points to get his team within 49-47.

Duncan helped San Antonio create some separation late in the frame, closing the quarter on a personal 5-2 swing to send the Spurs into the break with a 54-49 advantage.

The Spurs scored the first four points of the third to extend the margin to nine, but Wade and James supplied five points apiece in a 13-2 burst that James capped with a triple for a 62-60 Miami lead.

Ginobili reeled off five straight points later in the frame to put the Spurs on top by two, but Allen answered with six straight points before James buried two free throws to make it 75-69 in favor of Miami.

James drained another trey late in the stanza before Tiago Splitter's reverse layup sent San Antonio into the fourth trailing, 78-74.

Game Notes

According to a statement from the Spurs, "an electrical failure for the power that runs the AC system in the AT&T Center" occurred, causing the extreme heat ... The Spurs improved to 6-0 all-time in Game 1 of the NBA Finals, while the Heat fell to 1-4 in Game 1s of the Finals ... The Heat claimed last year's Finals in seven games for their second straight NBA title ... With an assist in the first quarter, James recorded his 1,000th career postseason assist, becoming just the third player in NBA history with 4,000 points, 1,000 rebounds, and 1,000 assists, joining Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant ... San Antonio has won nine straight postseason home games, including eight in a row by 15-plus points, the longest such streak in NBA history ... Miami scored 28 points off 23 San Antonio turnovers, while the Spurs scored 27 points off 18 Heat turnovers.

In the FCS Huddle: 2014 Patriot League Preview

Georgetown also underwent a head coaching change in the offseason, and, like Colgate, its Patriot League programs has continuity leading into the 2014 season. The Hoyas elevated assistant Rob Sgarlata to head coach after he served for 18 seasons as an assistant coach - the last nine under Kevin Kelly.

NASCAR News
Blaney steals Nationwide win from Busch at Bristol

Ryan Blaney claimed his second career win in the Nationwide Series after passing Kyle Busch for the lead following a restart with six laps to go in Friday night's Food City 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Angels' Richards has surgery

The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim announced starting pitcher Garrett Richards underwent surgery Friday to repair the torn patellar tendon in his left knee.

Curry, Harden, Irving to represent USA Basketball in Spain

Stephen Curry, James Harden and Kyrie Irving were among the roster of 12 players named to represent the USA Basketball team in the upcoming FIBA World Cup in Spain.

Giguere announces retirement

Jean-Sebastien Giguere, who patrolled NHL creases for 16 seasons and spent last year as a backup with the Colorado Avalanche, announced his retirement on Thursday.

Latest Sports Photos
Latest Sports Photos
0 Votes
a skydiver was injured when attempting to land in a pre game show at the Lookouts opening game on 4/3/2014

0 Votes
SEC Champions Alabama created by artist Ben Teeter S/N C.O.A. available for the dedicated Alabama fan!

1 Vote
first catch of the season looks like a good year

0 Votes
Gina McLeroy Spring City, TN

0 Votes
Our Son Brandon McLeroy MTSU Football 2011 Gina McLeroy Spring City TN

1 Vote
this is James Howard telling Gracie what to do.

0 Votes
Riverbend fun!

0 Votes
I nees a four letter word for the outside layer of a tree.

0 Votes
Cameron is a rising athlete. He has a God given talent for the game of football. This picture is of him stopping the ball carrier in our game in the ...

1 Vote
Our Lookout Valley 9/10 year old team went to a tournament in Knoxville called The Battle of the Rocky Top. They went throught the tournament undefeated and won the championship ...
Featured Partners
www.eastridgeretirementcenter.com
The newly modeled East Ridge Residence is a must see with its spacious comfortable apartments. Plus, 3 delicious meals daily, geriatric physician, home healthcare services and fun festive activities. Schedule your visit today!
www.ameripriseadvisors.com/james.m.scotchie
Together we can make a confident retirement possible. Simply click to get started with your private wealth advisor. Talk to Jimmy Scotchie, Certified Financial Planner.
www.comcast.com/cable-internet-packages.html
Get started at $79.99 a month for 12 months. Plus, get a $75 VISA® Prepaid card.
 
Supermarket Guru
From The Archives
Scenic City Roots
Through Irish Eyes
Brand News
Prime Mashup
What's Trending
Megan Wise Goes Outside
Stay Connected with WDEF News 12
 
Inergize Digital This site is hosted and managed by Inergize Digital.