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Chris Covatta/Getty Images(SAN ANTONIO, Texas) — The San Antonio Spurs outscored Miami 36-17 in the fourth quarter, and battled an air conditioner issue to boot, to defeat the Heat 110-95 in Game 1 of the NBA Finals. An electrical malfunction left the air conditioner within the AT&T Center useless, causing temperatures within the arena to reach the nineties.
“It was tough on both teams,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. “They were pretty dead. We tried to get guys in and out. It was really hot out there.”
Miami led 86-79 with just under nine minutes to play in the fourth quarter, but a 15-4 Spurs run turned it into a four-point San Antonio lead. After LeBron James cut the deficit to 94-92, the sweltering temperatures forced the Heat forward out of the game with apparent cramps. The Heat scored just three points in the final four minutes without James as San Antonio won their eighth straight home playoff game.
“After I came out of the game, they kind of took off,” James told a pool reporter after the game. “And it was frustrating sitting out and not be able to help our team.”
Danny Green scored 11 of his 13 points in the final frame, including three 3-point baskets, leading a San Antonio charge that saw them close the game on a 30-9 run. Tim Duncan had 21 points and 10 rebounds to pace the Spurs while James led all scorers with 25 points.
NBA President of Basketball Operations, Rod Thorn, said after the game that the conditions on the court were not harmful to the players. Thorn also stated that officials expected the air conditioning issue to be resolved in time for Game 2 on Sunday.
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Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(SAN ANTONIO) – Danny Green scored 21 points on seven made three-pointers as the San Antonio Spurs routed the Oklahoma City Thunder 112-77 in Game 2 of the NBA Western Conference Finals on Wednesday night.
Tony Parker led San Antonio with 22 points, while Tim Duncan added 14 points and 12 rebounds. Most importantly, the Spurs took a 2-0 lead in their best-of-seven series.
“We just did our job. We won our first two games at home and I’m sure they’re going to go back and say we have to do our job and win two games at home,” Parker said.
The Spurs closed the first half on a 25-8 run to take a 58-44 lead into the break. Parker and Green each scored eight points in the third quarter as the San Antonio outscored the Thunder 33-18.
Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook each scored 15 points for the Thunder, but the All-Star duo shot just 13-for-40 from the field.
“It definitely doesn’t feel good and it shouldn’t,” Thunder coach Scott Brooks said. “I hope our locker doesn’t feel good. You shouldn’t feel good. We got our butts kicked. But we have a good opportunity to come back and win Game 3.”
Game 3 is set for Sunday in Oklahoma City.
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Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(SAN ANTONIO) — Tim Duncan scored 27 points and grabbed seven rebounds as the Spurs dominated the Oklahoma City Thunder 122-105 in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals on Monday night.
Tony Parker didn’t appear to be limited by the hamstring injury that sidelined him for parts of their series against the Portland Trail Blazers. He scored 14 points and dished out 12 assists in 36 minutes.
“We always want to try to penetrate,” Parker said. “We always want our ball movement, that’s how we play — kick and pitch and stuff like that. You know, obviously it’s a little bit better with [Serge Ibaka] not being in the paint, but we’re still going to try to penetrate and make stuff happen.”
San Antonio scored 66 points in the paint and shot 58 percent from the field. It was easy work inside for the Spurs, as Oklahoma City was without defensive stalwart Ibaka, who will miss the remainder of the postseason with a calf injury.
Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook combined to score 53 points for the Thunder, but the rest of their starting unit struggled for most of the game.
“We’re a no-excuse team,” Thunder coach Scott Brooks said. “Serge is out. He’s not coming back. We have to play better. We have to play better. If we expect to beat one of the best teams in basketball, and a very good offensive team, we have to play and we’re not going to make an excuse.”
Game two will be played on Wednesday night in San Antonio.
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Steve Dykes/Getty Images(PORTLAND, Ore.) — Tony Parker scored a game-high 29 points and dished out six assists to help the San Antonio Spurs punish the Portland Trail Blazers 118-103 Saturday, and take a 3-0 lead in the Western Conference semifinal.
Chris Covatta/Getty Images(SAN ANTONIO) — Experience usually trumps youth during the NBA postseason, and the San Antonio Spurs are a prime example of that. Tony Parker scored 33 points and dished out nine assists as the Spurs rocked the Portland Trail…
Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(DALLAS) — Monta Ellis scored 12 of his game-high 29 points in the final five minutes of the game to push the Dallas Mavericks past the San Antonio Spurs 113-111 Friday night, forcing a Game 7 in their first-round playoff s…
Christian Petersen/Getty Images(SAN ANTONIO) — Some things just never chance, even in sports. The San Antonio Spurs defeated the Dallas Mavericks 90-85 on Sunday thanks in large part due to the performance of none other than Tim Duncan.
Duncan scored …
Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images(SAN ANTONIO, Texas) — The San Antonio Spurs continued their quiet dominance of the NBA’s Western Conference with a 111-90 win over Golden State on Wednesday. It was the 19th consecutive win for the Spurs (59-16), extending…
Jeff Gross/Getty Images(SANTA MONICA, Calif.) — Prior to Tuesday’s 113-103 win on the road against the Los Angeles Clippers, San Antonio Spurs head coach Greg Popovich told members of the media that point guard Tony Parker would be out “for the forese…
Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(SAN ANTONIO) — Spurs center Tiago Splitter scored a team-high 22 points as San Antonio (26-8) bounced the Los Angeles Clippers (23-13) on Saturday night, 116-92.
The 29-year-old Splitter had to leave the game with 9:37 re…
Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(SAN ANTONIO) – James Harden scored 28 points to lead the Houston Rockets over the San Antonio Spurs 111-98 on Wednesday.
Dwight Howard added 15 points and 20 rebounds for the Rockets, (19-11) who moved within 3 1/2 g…
Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images(MIAMI) – LeBron James and the Miami Heat are on top of the basketball world for the second straight year as the team repeated as NBA champions, beating the San Antonio Spurs in a decisive Game 7 Thursday night.James r…
Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images(MIAMI) — LeBron James did everything in his power to save the Miami Heat’s season, but the NBA Finals would have ended Tuesday night if weren’t for Ray Allen.
Allen hit a three-pointer to tie the game at 95 with 5.2 seconds r…
Christian Petersen/Getty Images(SAN ANTONIO) — Dwyane Wade wasn’t a footnote in this game.
Wade had 32 points, six rebounds, four assists and six steals to help lead the Miami Heat past the San Antonio Spurs, 109-93, in Game 4 of the NBA Finals.
Christian Petersen/Getty Images(SAN ANTONIO) — The San Antonio Spurs routed the Miami Heat 113-77 on Tuesday night in what was one of the biggest blowouts in NBA Finals history.
The Spurs hit a Finals-record 16 three-pointers on their way to a 2-1 ser…
Christian Petersen/Getty Images(MIAMI) – The Miami Heat played with a purpose Sunday night, and it showed big-time.
Mario Chalmers scored 19 points, LeBron James poured in 17 and the Miami Heat routed the San Antonio Spurs 103-84 to even the NBA…
Christian Petersen/Getty Images(MIAMI) – It’s been six years since the San Antonio Spurs played an NBA Finals game, but they picked up right where they left off on Thursday night.
Tim Duncan had 20 points and 14 rebounds, Tony Parker hit a jumpe…
Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(MEMPHIS) – The San Antonio Spurs are returning to a familiar place, the NBA finals.
Tony Parker scored 37 points as the Spurs finished off a sweep of the Memphis Grizzlies with a 93-86 win for their fifth Western Con…
Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker will have an MRI on on his left calf on Thursday “just to make sure” he is improving from an injury suffered against the Warriors.
Warriors forward Andrew Bogut kicked Parker…
Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(SAN ANTONIO) — Tony Parker scored 15 points and dished out career playoff-high 18 assists as the San Antonio Spurs outlasted the Memphis Grizzlies in overtime 93-89 in Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals.