Found June 06, 2013 on Fox Sports Florida:
Uja-federation-dinner-the
MIAMI What happened: Commissioner David Stern called it the most anticipated NBA Finals in 30 years.Thats a bit of exaggeration. Still, from the looks of Game 1, this could be a heck of a series.The San Antonio Spurs defeated the Miami Heat 92-88 Thursday night at AmericanAirlines Arena. Unfortunately for fans, theyll now have to wait until Sunday for Game 2.Guard Tony Parker led the Spurs with 21 points, including a 16-foot banker with 5.2 seconds left that just beat the shot-block buzzer and gave the Spurs a 92-88 lead. San Antonio forward Tim Duncan added 20 points and had 14 rebounds.The loss spoiled a triple-double by Miami star LeBron James of 18 points, 18 rebounds and 10 assists. It was the third triple-double of his Finals career and his second straight in a Finals game since he also had one in the decisive Game 5 last year against Oklahoma City. Also, the past three Finals triple-doubles all have come courtesy of James, his first one in Game 5 against Dallas in 2011.The game was close throughout. Neither team ever led by double digits.Trailing 76-73 in the fourth quarter, the Spurs went on a 15-5 run to take an 88-81 lead with 2:13 left on a Danny Green 3-pointer.The Spurs had nine days off before the game after sweeping Memphis in the Western Conference finals while the Heat had just two off after going seven games in the East with Indiana. But inactivity or overactivity didnt look to be a factor on either side.The turning point: Trailing 76-73 in the fourth quarter, the Spurs took charge.They went on a 15-5 spurt to take that 88-81 lead with 2:13 left on the Green 3-pointer. The Heat fought back to get within 90-88 in the final half minute.But Parker beat the shot-clock buzzer with a 16-footer from the right side. He got it off just before the light went on. After a review, the basket was held up.The difference maker: Duncan looked all of 37 to start the game, shooting 0-of-5. That made him 10-of-37 in his past three Finals games, going back to 2007. He also had to go to the bench with two fouls in the first quarter.But Duncan soon rounded into form. He made eight of his last 14 shots. And he started to gobble up boards.Parker also came up huge for the Spurs. He had 10 of his points in the fourth quarter.What it means: If you listen to Heat coach Erik Spoelstra, the series now has begun. His saying is that a series doesnt start until the road team wins.The loss makes the Heat just 1-3 Game 1s in their four Finals. However, this is the first time theyve lost a Finals Game 1 at home. Their had beaten Dallas in 2011 in the only previous Finals with homecourt advantage.The loss makes Sundays game at must win for the Heat.What's next: Game 2 of the series is at 8 p.m. Sunday at AmericanAirlines Arena. Chris Tomasson can be reached at christomasson@hotmail.com or on Twitter @christomasson.
THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
RELATED ARTICLES
COMMISSIONER OBVIOUS

Stern: Flopping penalties too weak

The soon-to-be outgoing NBA commissioner addressed the league's penalties for flopping, voicing concerns that many have shared since its implementation.

'SLOPPY JOURNALISM'

Stern: 'Broke' doc was 'mildly racist'

In a recent interview with the Wall Street Journal, the NBA commissioner called out the '30 for 30' documentary for not presenting the facts as well as it could have. 

Stern knows flopping penalties not strong enough

Commissioner David Stern says the NBA's flopping penalties aren't strong enough to stop the act, though he doesn't know if the league will strengthen them. The league implemented a system this season to crack down on flopping, the act of exaggerating contact to fool referees into calling a foul. Players were fined $5,000 for a second offense during the regular season...

Stern: NBA's flopping penalties weak

Commissioner David Stern said the NBA's flopping penalties aren't strong enough to stop the act, though he doesn't know if the league will strengthen them. The league implemented a system this season to crack down on flopping, the act of exaggerating contact to fool referees into calling a foul. Players were fined $5,000 for a second offense during the regular season...

Stern overseeing his last NBA Finals

David Stern thinks that when it comes to the NBA Finals, his last might be the best. Stern's 30-year reign as NBA Commissioner will end Feb. 1, making this Miami-San Antonio series the final championship matchup of his tenure overseeing a league that has grown into a wildly successful international corporate giant under his watch. Still, there's plenty of items remaining...

David Stern Hints At Increasing Flopping Penalties

Speaking at the pre-NBA Finals presser, commissioner David Stern said the current flopping fines are not enough and the league needs to expand the rules.  Under the current rule instituted this season, players were assessed warnings for flopping upon post game video review followed by followed by fines in increments of $5,000 for each successive flop. According to ESPN: Stern...

Stern knows where 'bodies are buried'

Every year before the NBA Finals tip off, the commissioner holds a press conference where he addresses the hundreds of media in attendance, and usually they're unremarkable affairs. But this year happens to be David Stern's last full year as NBA commish -- he'll be stepping down in February 2014 after 30 years on the job -- so his final Finals press conference was a...

Stern Wants Flopping Fines to be $$$$$$$$$$$$$

Commish David Stern wants heftier fines for flopping next season. “You’re not going to cause somebody to stop it for $5,000 when the average player’s salary is $5.5 million.” It’s a good point. It should be $5.5 million per flop and make the player salaries $5,000. Wait I just switched those around. Did you catch my little move?? I bet you did. You’re pretty sharp, you...

David Stern: NBA’s Flopping Penalties are too Weak

    Flopping in the NBA has become an epidemic at this point, something that has clearly become a part of the game. Even the superstars these days are flopping, just ask the likes of LeBron James and Chris Paul. The NBA to their credit, made it a point this year that they wanted to cut down on the flopping going on throughout the league. Administering $5,000 fines to players that...

Spurs’ Big Three flew commercial on infamous flight because of plane problems

NBA fans won’t forget the infamous November night when the San Antonio Spurs royally ticked off commissioner David Stern by sending their top three players home from a road trip the day of their huge, nationally-televised game at the Miami Heat. The game was appropriately hyped up by TNT because it featured two of the [...]

Dr. J Says Lakers Trick The Sixers Into Taking Bynum; Claims Celtics are Shady Too

Dr. J thinks the Celtics and Lakers are shady when it comes to trades. Besides David Stern blocking the Chris Paul trade, over the years the Lakers and Celtics have been known to swing trades extremely in their favor. Here is what the Good Doctor had to say about the Andrew Bynum deal. “When you talk to the Lakers, when you talk to the Celtics, when you talk to – well, those...

Satirical article claims NBA changed logo to include LeBron James flopping (pic)

A fantastic piece of satire from the fine folks at The Heckler imagines what it would be like if Commissioner David Stern bit the bullet, admitted that flopping is here to stay and the league might as well accept it. In fact, the NBA might as well incorporate flopping into its logo. Even better, why [...]The post Satirical article claims NBA changed logo to include LeBron James flopping...
NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.