Tim Duncan posted a double-double of 21 points with 10 rebounds to lead the San Antonio Spurs to 110-95 win over the Miami Heat in Game 1 of the NBA Finals in San Antonio.

San Antonio trailed 80-74 at the end of the third quarter, but scored 36 points in the fourth quarter and ended the game on a 30-9 scoring run to claim the victory.

Heat star forward LeBron James scored a game-high 25 points for Miami, but was sidelined during the final minutes of the game due to severe cramping in his legs. The air condition was broken in the AT&T Arena, and the temperature on the court eclipsed 90 degrees, which may have caused heat fatigue and led to James’ cramps.

The heat didn’t stop Duncan, however, who converted nine of 10 shots from the field. Guard Manu Ginobli also brought his A-game for the Spurs, recording his own double-double of 16 points with 11 assists off the bench while guard Tony Parker added 19 points with eight assists. But it was guard Danny Green who caught fire at the perfect time for San Antonio, scoring 11 points late in the fourth quarter to spark the Spurs’ dominant run.

Green, who last year broke the record for most three-pointers made in an NBA Finals series, was 0-for-5 from beyond the arc through the first three quarters. But he suddenly found his shooting stroke with five minutes left in the game and fired off three pinpoint shots from the arc during the Spurs’ 30-9 run.

Heat guard Dwyane Wade had a strong performance in the loss, scoring 19 points. Forward Chris Bosh had 18 points with nine rebounds for Miami and guard Ray Allen added 16 points off the bench.

San Antonio will host the Heat in Game 2 of the series on Sunday June 8.


Perry Green

AFRO Sports Editor