Game 1 By The Numbers
By Brian Martin
Here are the numbers you need to know from San Antonio's 110-95 win in Game 1 of the 2014 NBA Finals.
Spurs FG% for the fourth quarter, an effective field goal percentage of 106%. The Spurs shot 14-of-16 from the field and a perfect 6-of-6 from 3-point range as they rallied from a seven-point deficit early in the fourth to a 15-point win -- outscoring the Heat 36-17 in the quarter.
The fourth quarter featured a 22-point swing. The Heat took a seven-point lead (86-79) following Chris Bosh's 4-point play with 9:38 to play. Following that play, the Spurs closed the remainder of the game on a 31-9 run.
Spurs FG% for the game, including 52.0% from 3-point range. The Spurs outshot the Heat by more than 10% in both categories.
Spurs had 30 assists on 40 made baskets - 75.0% of their baskets were assisted. By comparison, the Heat had 16 assists on 37 made baskets (43.2%). In addition to their 30 assists, the Spurs also had seven secondary (hockey) assists and four free throw assists in Game 1.
After being ice cold through three quarters, Danny Green found his shot in the fourth -- hitting three 3-pointers to spark the Spurs' game-ending run.
Quarters 1-3: 2 points, 0-for-5 FGAs, 0-for-4 from 3
Quarter 4: 11 points, 4-for-4 FGAs, 3-for-3 from 3
The Spurs had five players shoot 60% or better from the field in Game 1.
Tim Duncan: 9-10 (90%)
Tiago Splitter: 5-6 (83.3%)
Kawhi Leonard: 3-5 (60%)
Patty Mills: 3-5 (60%)
Marco Belinelli: 2-3 (66.7%)
The Heat had just one -- Chris Bosh (7-11, 63.6%)
Manu Ginobili led all players with 11 assists in Game 1, while committing just two turnovers on the night. Ginobili entered the game at the 7:18 mark of the opening quarter and wasted little time in producing. He hit all three of his 3-point attempts in the opening quarter and finished the period with nine points, three assists, two rebounds, two steals and a block.
The Spurs won despite turning the ball over 23 times in Game 1 -- 22 attributed to individual players and one backcourt violation attributed to the team. Tim Duncan was the biggest culprit with five turnovers, followed by Kawhi Leonard, Tiago Splitter and Tony Parker each with four. The 23 turnovers is one shy of San Antonio's playoff season-high of 24 from Game 2 of their First Round series with Dallas. In that game, the Spurs lost by 21 points. In this game, they won by 15.
LeBron James was forced to leave the game due to muscle cramps in the fourth quarter. His 33 minutes are the fewest he's ever played in a Finals game and the sixth-fewest minutes he's played in any playoff game.
Tony Parker played more minutes than any player on either team tonight. Considering on the top storylines heading into the Finals was Parker's status due to an ankle injury, he didn't seem limited by it. Parker finished with 19 points and eight assists on the night.
Parker also led all players in distance traveled in Game 1, covering 2.8 miles in the sweltering AT&T Center. At his post game press conference, Parker said he was not affected by the heat in the building very much because he was used to it from playing games in Europe.
The Spurs shot nearly identical percentages on contested shots -- 23-of-39 (59.0%) -- and uncontested shots -- 17-of-29 (58.6%) -- in Game 1. The Heat shot slightly better on open shots -- 15-of-31 (48.4%) -- than contested shots -- 22-of-47 (46.8%). While the Heat had 10 more field goal attempts than the Spurs for the game, they only had two more open looks than San Antonio. The Spurs contested 47 of Miami's 78 field goal attempts, a 60.3% contest rate. Miami contested 39 of San Antonio's 68 shots, a 57.4% contest rate.
The Spurs scored 48 points in the paint -- winning the paint by 12 points over Miami's 36.
The Heat did not take full advantage of San Antonio's 22 turnovers -- scoring 28 points off of them. Meanwhile, the Spurs scored 27 points off of Miami's 18 turnovers.
Only two Heat players held a positive Net Rating in Game 1 -- Shane Battier (1.5) and Chris Andersen (3.6). They are also the only two players with Defensive Ratings under 100. However, aside from a foul-plagued Mario Chalmers, Battier and Andersen played the fewest minutes for the Heat in Game 1. Rashard Lewis had the worst Net Rating for the Heat at -28.3, due in large part to the Heat giving up 126.8 points per 100 possessions with Lewis on the floor.
With the first of his assists on Thursday, LeBron James joined Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan as only players with at least 4,000 points, 1,000 rebounds and 1,000 assists in the postseason.
The Heat were -21 in the second half with LeBron James off the court. They were +11 when he was on. In 10:09 of game time with LeBron off the floor in the second half, the Spurs outscored the Heat 33-12.
In the Big Three Era, the Miami Heat have lost Game 1 of a series five times. They have gone on to win the series all five times, including the last two NBA Finals. In fact, the all three of the Heat's titles (2006, 2011, 2012) came after losing Game 1 of the series.
The Spurs have now won each of their last 8 home games by 15+ points, extending the longest such streak in NBA Playoffs history.
The reported temperature inside the AT&T Center during Game 1.