Miami Heat vs San Antonio Spurs Game 1 result | 2013 NBA Finals (June 6 highlights video replay)

Eastern Conference champions Miami Heat and the West Conference champs San Antonio Spurs faced off at Game 1 of the 2013 NBA Finals at the American Airlines Arena on Thursday, June 6.

It was a tight-scoring game from the start—there were five ties and four lead changes in the first quarter—but Miami began to widen their lead at the second period after Mike Miller made a shot from three-point area, impressing a very lively home crowd and forcing San Antonio to call a timeout.

The Spurs slowly recovered towards the end of the first half, cutting a nine-point lead to two, after Tim Duncan was able to draw a foul from Chris Andersen and Danny Green had hit a long-range shot.

Momentum went back to Miami after two of their reliable players made back-to-back shots. An aggressive Dwyane Wade made a jumper and Norris Cole finished a terrific right hand drive off a Spurs turnover, which forced San Antonio to call another time out.

In the second quarter, Miami did a great job on transition offense while transition defense from San Antonio needed improvement.

Support players of the Heat—Miller, Ray Allen and Cole—have stepped up while the Spurs relied mainly on their big three—Duncan, Manu Ginóbili and Tony Parker—during the first half.

In an interview at halftime, Miami head coach Erik Spoelstra said his team was aiming to grab more rebounds and convert Spurs turnovers into points. The Fil-Am coach added that he was also expecting a very tight game.

Duncan and Parker started the third quarter well, knocking in perimeter jumpers to keep San Antonio in the game despite a tight defense and pumped-up offense from the Heat. The Spurs made 6 straight points, bringing them behind by just one 57-58 seven minutes to go in the third.

Miami’s Chris Bosh sank a two, but Ginóbili quickly retaliated with a three. Third quarter highlights included Bosh reaching double figures and Duncan committing his third foul after he tried to reach the ball off his own turnover. Also in the third period, LeBron James was just one assist shy of a triple doubles. Allen has knocked in 3 threes so far.

Miami was ahead by three while James and Wade were resting early in the fourth period. When James returned, he made a rare turnover off a pass from Cole as the ball slipped from his hand. Several lead changes occured 8 minutes before end game, but the Spurs tookover the lead and were up by three with five minutes to go.

San Antonio started to play excellent defense as they got ahead by six under 4 minutes in the final quarter. Momentum has shifted to the Spurs’ favor. San Antonio dominated the 4th quarter 16-7. Green made his fourth 3-pointer in the game, sending San Antonio ahead by five.

In an attempt to cut the lead, Allen fired from the arc and drew a foul from Green for a complete 3-point play. While San Antonio was ahead by four under a minute to go in the fourth, Bosh took a 3-point shot but failed.

There was a close call towards the end of the game when Parker made a miraculous two-pointer off his finger tip as the shot clock expired. Game officials had to replay a slowmo over and over again to re-check and verify if Parker’s shot was valid. It was crucial on the part of the referees because if the call was reversed, the 2-point lead might have led to a possible overtime or Spurs upset via a Heat three-pointer.

San Antonio won Game 1 on the road and the Spurs are now ahead in the best-of-seven series, 1-0, against Miami.

Scores per quarter: Spurs vs Heat 23-24, 49-52, 69-72, 92-88 San Antonio Spurs take Game 1.