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Spurs Beat The Heat In Game 1 Of NBA Finals

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Tony Parker of the San Antonio Spurs during Thursday night's first game of the NBA finals in Miami. The Spurs beat the Miami Heat 92 88.

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Tony Parker of the San Antonio Spurs during Thursday night's first game of the NBA finals in Miami. The Spurs beat the Miami Heat 92 88.

Mike Segar /Reuters /Landov

So much for a Heat sweep

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 San Antonio Spurs withstood LeBron James' triple double to beat the Miami Heat 92 88 on Thursday night in a thrilling Game 1 of the NBA finals. (The Associated Press)

The defending champion Heat had been and may still be the favorite to win the best of seven series. Obviously though Miami isn't headed to a 4 0 sweep. And the Heat's path to a championship is now more difficult. After Sunday's game in Miami (8 p.m. ET on ABC TV) the action moves to San Antonio for (if they're necessary) the next three games.

For those just getting up to speed about the finals might we recommend our earlier post

3 Things You Need To Know About The NBA Finals

No. 1 of those 3 points was this

Tony Parker's Cat Quickness. On Morning Edition NPR's Tom Goldman waxed eloquently about how basketball purists swoon over the Spurs' style. The players share the ball move quickly and shoot well. They play team basketball something that's not seen a lot these days in the star dominated NBA. But along with Duncan the big man who anchors the team there is a Spur to watch. Tom says that guard Tony Parker's great shot and cat quickness make him a defense shredding machine.

We also noted that the Spur who gets the daunting assignment of guarding James is 21 year old Kawhi Leonard a second year player from Los Angeles. You may hear his name a lot either because he has some success stopping the league's best player or because he gets steamrolled by James. Listen closely to whether ABC's broadcasting team gets Leonard's first name right. According to ESPN's Rick Reilly it's pronounced Kuh why.

The AP writes that James had 18 points 18 rebounds and 10 assists in his second straight NBA Finals triple double but he shot only 7 of 16 against some good defense by Kawhi Leonard and Miami's offense stalled in the fourth quarter.

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