LeBron James is the best player in the NBA, but he still hasn’t beaten Tony Parker and the Spurs in an NBA Finals game.
With time running out on the shot and game clocks and the San Antonio Spurs clinging to a two-point lead, Tony Parker almost lost the ball, almost had a shot blocked by LeBron James, almost didn’t get off a shot in time. And he became the Game 1 hero.
Parker threw up a desperation attempt high off the backboard that dropped in with 5.2 seconds remaining gave the Spurs a 92-88 victory Thursday against the Miami Heat in Game 1 of the NBA Finals.
“I was going down and just tried to get a shot off,” Parker said.
“It felt like forever,” Parker said. “It was a crazy play. I thought I lost the ball three or four times. It didn’t go the way I wanted. At the end, I just wanted to get a shot up. It felt good and it went in.”
Parker finished with 21 points, 10 of them in the fourth quarter. He also had six assists and no turnovers. Parker was the MVP of the 2007 Finals when the Spurs swept James’ Cavaliers.
Tim Duncan had 20 points and 14 rebounds. Manu Ginobili added 13 points and North Babylon’s Danny Green scored 12, including a huge three-pointer with 2:12 left to put San Antonio up seven.