The San Antonio Spurs defeated the Miami Heat 110-95 in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on their home court.
Miami was off to a great start in the first quarter, but the Spurs managed to pull through, leading the Heat 26-20.
The Heat led the Spurs by 5 points early on. Then Manu Ginobili came through with a three-pointer, pushing the Spurs past the Heat by 5. The Spurs would continue in the lead for the majority of the first quarter, and ultimately finish on top.
Dwyane Wade took over the game early in the second quarter after making a layup. Then with 5 minutes left in the second quarter Ray Allen came in for Wade, making a 3-pointer off the bat.
Still, the Heat couldn’t push past Tim Duncan and Ginobili, and the Spurs lead at the half 54-49.
Heading into the third quarter, fans were seen in the stands trying to cool themselves after the air conditioning in the AT&T Center broke. But San Antonio officials said it would not impact the game.
With 7 minutes left in the third quarter, and with the Spurs leading for the majority of the game, LeBron James makes a 3-point jumper, tying the game up 62-62.
The game was then tied 67-67, as each side missed shot after shot. Then Manu Ginobili made a driving layup, putting the Spurs up 69-67.
After trailing by 9 points early in the third quarter, James makes a 3-pointer, putting the Heat past the Spurs 78-74.
The Heat stayed up throughout the fourth quarter until there were just 5 minutes left in the game.
With 7 minutes and 30 seconds left, the Heat called a timeout after LeBron James began limping. At one point James even needed help to make his way to the bench. He would sit out for the rest of the game, which would prove detrimental for his team.
Kawhi Leonard would finish the game with a 3-point jumper, and the Spurs defeated the Heat 110-95.
This is the first NBA Finals rematch since 1998.
This will be the sixth finals for the Spurs since 1999 and Miami's fifth in nine years.
Miami is trying to become the first team to win three straight NBA titles since the Lakers did it in 2003.