When game 1 of the NBA finals began, fans and analysts alike were anxious to see how the San Antonio Spurs would perform after a nearly 10 day break after their conference championship sweep. While some wondered if they would be too rested to take on the hot Miami Heat, the Spurs proved otherwise. Thanks to an outstanding performance from team leader Tim Duncan, the Spurs won the first game of the series, getting an important road win, and taking an early lead. By the time game 2 rolled around, the Spurs may have been feeling good about their road win against the Heat, but the Miami team was ready for vengeance. After 17 turnovers, the Spurs went on to be trampled by the Heat in a 103-84 loss, tying the series, and leaving the Spurs ready to fight back.
In Game 3 of the NBA finals, the Spurs were back on their home court and ready to take on the Heat on their own turf. While the starting lineup for the squad put forth an impressive performance against the Heat. A couple of the team’s bench role players, Danny Green and Gary Neal each performed some of their best games of the season. Neal came off the bench to score 24 points while Danny Green came off the bench to score 27 points and seven three pointers. This performance led the Spurs to beat the Heat in a complete blowout, by more than 20 points. During Game 4, the Heat came together with their ‘big three’ of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, to score a combined 85 points. This performance from the Heat led the reigning NBA champions to a win over the San Antonio Spurs in a 109-93 victory on the Spurs’ home court.
In game 5, the second game in San Antonio, the Spurs ahead in the series and into a great position heading into the last two games of the finals, leading the series 3-2. After a round of unimpressive play from Manu Ginobli, the Spurs’ head coach Greg Popovich decided to move the player from his normal position as the team’s sixth man to a starter. Ginobli responded well to the move and scored 24 points and had ten assists, leading the Spurs to beat the Heat 114-104 on their home court During the game, Spurs player Danny Green broke the all time three point record in the NBA Finals after scoring six more three pointers in this game. With the win, the Spurs found themselves ready to head back to Miami, ahead of the Heat.
In game six of the NBA finals, the two teams headed back to Miami to face off for what could possibly be the last game in the series. If the Spurs would have been able to come out of the matchup with a victory, then the series would be over and the Spurs would have been the 2013 NBA Finals champions. However, despite having a lead during most of the later part of the game, the Miami Heat rallied to tie the game up and send it into overtime thanks to a three pointer from veteran Ray Allen. When the Heat went into overtime it was clear that team leader LeBron James was all business and ready to take his team to victory with an impressive overtime performance. The heat would go on to win in overtime and take the series to a game 7 in Miami.
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