Tony Parker banked in a 16-footer with 5.2 seconds left for the last of his 21 points and the San Antonio Spurs stunned the Miami Heat 92-88 in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday night.
Tim Duncan had 20 points, 14 rebounds and three blocks, and Manu Ginobili scored 13 points for the Spurs, who are in the finals for the first time since 2007 and are pursuing their fifth championship.
LeBron James had 18 points, 18 rebounds and 10 assists for his 10th career playoff triple-double and Dwyane Wade scored 17 for the defending champion Heat.
But James made just 7 of 16 shots and managed his lowest scoring output of the playoffs.
Kawhi Leonard deserves most of the credit for that, with the 6-foot-7 wing player hounding James on the perimeter all night long and not backing down.
James finished with a sensational final stat line, finishing with 18 points, 18 rebounds and 10 assists.
But while he did plenty of everything, the Heat simply needed more scoring.
Miami managed only 36 points in the second half, wasting what was as much as a nine-point lead, and the Heat lost the home-court edge in the finals by falling to the San Antonio Spurs 92-88 on Thursday night. The Heat shot 44 percent, and were 8 for 25 from 3-point range.
They were far from at their best offensively, and forced only four turnovers all night - a horrible sign for a team that feasts upon getting easy baskets off their opponents' mistakes. And with Game 2 not until Sunday, it means there will be two days of the inevitable question: Did James defer too much in favor of trying to make what most would consider the correct basketball play?