Spurs pull away in fourth to top Heat in NBA Finals opener

Cesar Tordesillas – 4E Sports Contributor

San Antonio, TX, United States (4E Sports) – Tim Duncan had 21 points and 10 rebounds as the San Antonio Spurs beat the Miami Heat, 110-95 Thursday in Game 1 of the NBA Finals at AT&T Center.

Tony Parker added 19 points and eight assists while Manu Ginobili had 16 points and 11 assists in the win.

Chris Bosh scored the Heat’s first five points for a 7-2 start before Ginobili made consecutive 3-pointers to give the Spurs an 18-13 lead.

Patty Mills added a 3-pointer to close the first-quarter to give the Spurs a 26-20 advantage.

The Spurs also scored four straight points early in the third quarter to take 58-49 lead.

Then the Heat answered with a 13-2 run, with Rashard Lewis, Dwyane Wade and LeBron James each hitting a 3-pointer, to overtake the Spurs, 62-60.

The Heat led 78-74 heading to the fourth.

A four-point play by Chris Bosh put the heat up 86-79 with 9:37 left.

But with an air-conditioning failure that caused temperatures in the arena to soar to 90 degrees, LeBron James suffered cramps.

He was taken out of the game and had treatment in the middle of a 31-9 run by the Spurs to seal the win.

James finished with 25 points, Wade had 19 points and Bosh added 18.

Game 2 is in San Antonio on Sunday.

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