LeBron’s Unselfishness And Tony Parker’s Divinity Cost The Heat Game 1

The two key plays that led to a Spurs win in the first game of the NBA Finals.

1. In Game 1 of the NBA Finals, LeBron James had a characteristically effective night, going for an 18-point, 18-rebound, 10-assist triple-double. But at the game’s crucial moment, he deferred.

Of course, the fault here also falls on Chris Bosh, who missed a wide-open three that would have cut the Spurs’ lead to one with a minute left. The thing is, Bosh shot only 28% from three-point range this season, even if he’s been better in the small-sample size of the postseason. The Heat’s chances for points would have been greater if LeBron finished driving to the hoop and tried to draw a foul.

2. That led to 50 seconds later. Having cut the lead to two, the Heat have LeBron covering Tony Parker. The Spurs’ play breaks down, but somehow, Parker’s able to fall, recover, and shoot an insane lean-in jumper past the much-bigger James.

3. At first it was nearly impossible to tell whether Parker got it off in time, but a camera from the opposite baseline revealed that he clearly did. The Spurs got two points, and, up by four with five seconds to go, sealed the deal with ease.

The tremendous play of Parker and Tim Duncan, plus limiting turnovers to a remarkably low four for the game, helped the Spurs edge the Heat in Miami. With the Heat already in a hole, expect Game 2 to be a tense one for LeBron and co.

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